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Bo'ao is city on the East coast of Hainan island, China. Boao is somewhat over an hour from Haikou and about two hours from Sanya. Boao, the seat of the Boao Forum for Asia, has its share of luxury hotels. Tourist facilities are well developed, whit heavy overseas Chinese investment.

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The Legend of Boao

Long ago in Chinese legend, the youngest daughter of the Dragon King -- Ao Qin of the South China Sea, gave birth to a son named Ao. Although its birth was accompanied by a splendid chance for prosperity, Ao looked strange with a dragon's head, tortoise's back and kylin's tail.

This strange looking creature made the Dragon King angry and he wanted Ao and his mother to leave the island. The King blocked their return to the South China Sea by laying his jade belt across the entrance. This belt turned into the Jade Belt Beach that lies in front of Sofitel Boao today.

Having failed to persuade her farther the Dragon King to accept Ao, the heartbroken daughter dragon changed herself into a mountain now called Longtan Ridge. Shocked at the loss of his mother, Ao was so angry that he busied himself by causing great hardship to the people living on Boao.

Hearing the news, the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin, came to the island and after 72 battles subdued Ao, and transformed him into a dragon. Ao's original body, a turtle with a dragon's head, then became Dongyu Island, the site of Sofitel Boao. Aerial photographs of the island show it is shaped like a turtle. While it sounds like a tale from Middle Earth, whether true or not Boao is a remarkable yet sleepy corner of Hainan.

The monk of Tang Dynasty, Huai Ren said, "Who subdued Ao became a Saint, who obtained Ao became a wise man."

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Boao has everything from five star dining, ocean front seafood dining to local eateries featuring Chinese cusine from nearly every province. The main street of Boao is lined with outdoor restaurants and fruit sellers serving until the wee hours of the night.

Boao is surrounded by fields of pineapples. Sample a peeled pineaple on a stick for only 1 yuan. A tropical island, visitors to Hainan can eat fresh fruit all year round.

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Boao Golf & Country Club is located on an island of the Wanquan River. It is surrounded by mountains, river and ocean. Golf Course Design: The course is built totally upon the original landscape. The natural plant and surroundings have been kept unchanged.

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Boao Aquapolis is situated on the eastern coast of Hainan island, emerges at the meeting points of three famous river (Wanquan, Jiuqu, and Longgun), characterized by rivers, lakes, sea, sandy beach, mountains, hot spring, etc. It is also famous because of the Asia Forum every year. Before that, Boao is a small quiet village, which the people there is living depends on fishing hunting. 1.5 hours driving from Haikou Meilan Airport, and 2 hours driving from Sanya.

Boao at the outlet of the Wanquan River to the sea is also the confluence of the Longgun River and the Jiuqu River. Time and tide have created here some magnificent sandbanks and islets. This area is so far the best-preserved river exit to the sea in the world. The water, the beaches, the green forests on the seashore, the coconut palms swaying at sea breezes and the cooking smoke in nearby villages all contribute to making Boao a natural miracle.

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Map of Boao


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