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- A Gourmand's Paradise
Lighter and fresher than much of the mainland’s cuisine, Hainanese food is a culinary delight. It features a blend of influences from all of Hainan’s cultures and takes full advantage of the region’s tropical fruits and high quality seafood. Many of the dishes are slightly sweet and prominently feature the area’s superb coconuts. Be sure to sample some of this scrumptious cuisine during your stay.
Wencheng Chicken: Naysayers who think of chicken as bland will be sure to change their minds with one bite of this dish. Justifiably famous throughout China, Wencheng chickens are raised according to strict standards in order to produce succulent, deeply flavourful meat. The birds are fed a diet of Chinese Banyan seeds at a young age, and dine on peanuts and coconut as they reach maturity. The end result is exquisite and a must try for visitors to the island.
Hainanese Chicken and Rice: This deceptively simple, yet luscious dish features moist free-range chicken—ideally Wencheng—served over a bed of rice infused with rich chicken stock, garlic and ginger and accompanied by a piquant dipping sauce. Though there are many versions of ‘Hainanese chicken’ throughout Singapore, Thailand and much of Southeast Asia, this is the original and its popularity is well-deserved.
Hele Crab: This delicious local yellow crab is typically prepared simply to let the sweet, subtle flavours shine. It is often steamed and served with a touch of garlic and ginger.
Jiaji Duck: Made from the meat of pampered ducks fed a special diet of bean curd and cereal, this dish is rich, yet delicate.
Dongshan Lamb: These tender, aromatic tea grazing mountain sheep are a delicacy not to be missed. Served in a variety of ways including soups or simply by itself, accompanied by a local selection of herbs and spices
Three Colour Rice: A specialty of the Miao people, this fragrant blend of grains is both healthful and delicious. It is one of many rice dishes, both sweet and savoury, popular throughout the island.
With its rich cultural diversity, Sanya offers a unique array of indigenous crafts. Bring home handmade souvenirs exhibiting ancient techniques from master craftsmen.
Crystal: Luminous crystal jewellery is one of Sanya’s most coveted local products. Widely considered the finest in China, these superb natural crystals make the perfect present for a loved one.
Pearls: The ocean temperature of Hainan is ideal for creating rare saltwater pearls, prized throughout the world. Unlike their artificial counterparts, genuine pearls offer an incomparable shine and a lasting beauty. Sanya craftsmen are masters at transforming these natural treasures into elegant jewellery.
Textiles: The Li people have a long and prestigious history as masters of dyeing and embroidering fabrics. Their brocades feature more than 160 distinctive patterns; all passed down from generation to generation by master craftsmen. Boldly coloured with natural materials and accented with flecks of mica or metal, the Li textiles are not just beautiful garments, they are living pieces of history.
Coconut Carving: The island’s abundance of coconuts has lead to elaborate coconut shell carvings and jewellery pieces. The ultimate local souvenir, these make ideal gifts for friends and family back home.