China wants its south island to challenge Malaysia tourism

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Malaysia has a very strong tourism industry. Globally, its tourist arrivals ranked no.9. In Asia, it is the second top tourist destination after China, while in Southeast Asia it is the undisputed king of tourism. Regionally, its tourist figures is the no.2 and no.3 (Thailand and Singapore) combined. With that, Malaysia supposedly able to sit very comfortably at the top. But now a new challenger seeks to dethrone it, and that is China. You might be wondering, is China a Southeast Asian state? No. Does China has Southeast Asian territory? Yes, a big one.

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Hainan is the smallest province in China. It is the only parts of China which is cut off from the mainland, with no bridge linking to the island (though one has been proposed now) In 1988, Hainan was declared a special economic zone, initially intended to build China’s own ‘Singapore’. The plan was to develop Hainan into a major entrepot the likes of Singapore, and taking advantages of its rich natural resources (Hainan has over 30 mineral resources and 20 forestry resources) to industrialize the entire island.

The plan failed due to China’s inconsistent policies. The 1989 Tienanmen crackdown was a severe blow to investor’s confidence towards China, and ambition for a major trading port would not be possible by then. Furthermore, prior to UK handover of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong populace were so fearful of China communism that there was an exodus emigration of its residents to other countries. China had to send goodwill message that it would protect Hong Kong economy after handover, and Hainan’s plan of a major port which might compete with Hong Kong port got to be swept under the rug. The island was then neglected and given little attention till recently.

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Hainan blocked Vietnam’s otherwise ability to have a thriving trade port

Things changed in the twenty-first century, China is now an economic powerhouse. Aspire to overtake the US economy as soon as possible, the Chinese leadership ruled that every parts of China should be developed. Used to studded with hulking grey ghosts - half-built concrete tower blocks, and abandoned by developers who had run out of funding, Hainan is again booming with construction. China however, now has other plan for the island. Embarrassed by past failures and no longer think a port is ideal, China is reimbursing Hainan by making it the most “special” of all its special economic zones.

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China has tons of plans constructing in progress for the island

Beijing desires Hainan to develop into something big, but not directly competing with Hong Kong and Macau. If Hong Kong is for businesses, Macau is for gambling & entertainment, then Hainan should be for… tourism. This linked up work, play and relax in China’s south.

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In December 2009, China’s ruling State Council laid out a goal to transform its southernmost province into an international tourism destination. In January 2010, the Chinese government revealed their plan to build Hainan into not only international but top tourism destination by 2020. Beijing announced their intention to turn Hainan into “the Hawaii of the East”, creating the no.1 tropical destination (currently held by Malaysia) in the world. China has since poured $290 billion yuan (or US$43 billion, approximately the annual budget Malaysia spends on maintaining its entire nation) and ordered thousands of workers into the island to build what it wanted.

The result has been a 12-month frenzy of construction - lavish resorts, seaside villas, spas, helicopter landing pads for well-heeled visitors with no time to waste. China has stated that it wants in Hainan nothing less than that of the Disney project in Shanghai. As many as 300 golf courses are being planned for the island, with 26 now completed. As the Chinese answer to Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Island project, China is now building the Phoenix-Sanya Island project in Hainan.

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Dubai: we constructed the Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island filled with villas

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China: our answer? We construct artificial island with dancing shopping malls, dancing buildings, dancing mansions, dancing harbor in Hainan, ready by 2014

After seeing initial results, Beijing also wants Hainan to be a duty-free shopping paradise, to turn the island into a cross between Hawaii and Hong Kong. Hainan is even granted permission to explore ‘light gambling industries’ despite gambling is illegal in China. As a result, the island is rapidly emerging as a combination of Hawaii’s Waikiki, Miami Beach plus Hong Kong, perhaps in future with a dash of Las Vegas thrown in. This attracted China’s wealthy elites, who moved a significant amount of their money into Hainan real estate investment, which increased by 56.4% last year. Hainan becomes China fastest growing province in GDP.

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Hainan has beautiful tropical coastline similar to other Southeast Asian nations, loved especially by tourists from temperate areas.

To further solidify Hainan’s position as international tourist hub, China is now offering 11 percent tax refunds for tourist purchases from shopping malls in Hainan starting 2011.

Geographically located in Southeast Asia, Hainan has tropical climate like most of the surrounding nations. For tropical tourism, the nearest toughest competitor would be Malaysia. Few months ago, China has sent a delegation which include its Tourism Minister to Malaysia to study and assess its tourism hotspots, patterns and promotional methods, analyzed them and have the report sent back to Hainan authorities. Analysts expect Hainan to have the largest share of tourist arrivals in the region within this or next year.

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China tourism minister to his Malaysian counterpart: “we are impressed by Malaysia’s achievement in its tourism, we would like to emulate (replace) Malaysia by developing our Hainan province into one major tourism hub in Southeast Asia”

By end of 2010, Hainan tourist arrivals reached 23 million vs Malaysia’s 23.6 million. Shall the island be a sovereign nation, it would rank second regionally and a close match. As a special economic zone much similar to Hong Kong & Macau however, Hainan included mainland tourists in its stats. Its international tourist figures is still far lagged behind but this might change pretty soon.

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Hainan’s coastal resort town

I thought Hainan is a sleepy town…
this completely change my view…China…quietly expanding…

when the leadership in china says ‘develop it overnight’, you develop it overnight. else it would be your ‘head gone overnight’ :mrgreen:

waa…sounds like china is really gonna be greedy this time on economics and other stuff.like the other post in miricommunity.net about their car production. :shock: :shock: :shock:

Can you imagine the great cars we drive next centuries is made in China?
Volvo is China’s Geely’s now…

what’s next?

it’s natural i guess, after you tasted the first no.1, you would want more no.1s subsequently, and eventually want everything no.1s

humans are like that, and countries… are run by humans.

but it’s actually good they have big ambition and progressed far. i rather china be like that rather than… ugh… libya, iran, saudi who instead compete for no.1 in holiness and caused a mess around.

[quote=“mevotex”]it’s natural i guess, after you tasted the first no.1, you would want more no.1s subsequently, and eventually want everything no.1s

humans are like that, and countries… are run by humans.

but it’s actually good they have big ambition and progressed far. i rather china be like that rather than… ugh… libya, iran, saudi who instead compete for no.1 in holiness and caused a mess around.[/quote]

Compete for Holyness? that’s stupid…
better start thinking how to make it’s citizen and city richer…

the thread you post were so informative,i hope to see more of these in the future.
thanks. :mrgreen:

for me I would rather see some progress on human rights in China…
life is not just MONEY MONEY MONEY $$$$$

[quote=“mootz”]for me I would rather see some progress on human rights in China…
life is not just MONEY MONEY MONEY $$$$$[/quote]

life isn’t about all $$$$$, that’s why there… an international tourist center is planned for you to relax :mrgreen:

human rights progress requires the fall of communism in china. but let them get the country developed first, after that, topple them out. the rural folks in china still pretty much supporting the communist gov’t, quick economic expansion is actually good in that it opens them up to outside world and modernity, paving the eventual collapse of the communist party.

[quote=“mevotex”][quote=“mootz”]for me I would rather see some progress on human rights in China…
life is not just MONEY MONEY MONEY $$$$$[/quote]

life isn’t about all $$$$$, that’s why there… an international tourist center is planned for you to relax :mrgreen:

human rights progress requires the fall of communism in china. but let them get the country developed first, after that, topple them out. the rural folks in china still pretty much supporting the communist gov’t, quick economic expansion is actually good in that it opens them up to outside world and modernity, paving the eventual collapse of the communist party.[/quote]

good thinking, they make all these “ghost towns”
war starts in Korea
China gets involved…finish story with stealth bombers
REVOLUTION TIME