Road-trip adventure: Hainan’s new 988-kilometer-long coastal stretch

A photo shows a bird’s-eye view of a section of the round-the-island tourist highway in south China’s Hainan Province on December 28, 2023. The highway stretches along the coastline of Hainan Island in a circuit that extends for 988 kilometers in total. /IC

A photo shows a bird’s-eye view of a section of the round-the-island tourist highway in south China’s Hainan Province on December 28, 2023. The highway stretches along the coastline of Hainan Island in a circuit that extends for 988 kilometers in total. /IC

A photo shows a bird's-eye view of a section of the round-the-island tourist highway in south China's Hainan Province on December 28, 2023. The highway stretches along the coastline of Hainan Island in a circuit that extends for 988 kilometers in total. /IC

A photo shows a bird’s-eye view of a section of the round-the-island tourist highway in south China’s Hainan Province on December 28, 2023. The highway stretches along the coastline of Hainan Island in a circuit that extends for 988 kilometers in total. /IC

A photo shows a bird’s-eye view of a section of the round-the-island tourist highway in south China’s Hainan Province on December 28, 2023. The highway stretches along the coastline of Hainan Island in a circuit that extends for 988 kilometers in total. /IC

A photo shows a bird's-eye view of a section of the round-the-island tourist highway in south China's Hainan Province on December 28, 2023. The highway stretches along the coastline of Hainan Island in a circuit that extends for 988 kilometers in total. /IC

A photo shows a bird’s-eye view of a section of the round-the-island tourist highway in south China’s Hainan Province on December 28, 2023. The highway stretches along the coastline of Hainan Island in a circuit that extends for 988 kilometers in total. /IC

A photo shows a bird’s-eye view of a section of the round-the-island tourist highway in south China’s Hainan Province on December 28, 2023. The highway stretches along the coastline of Hainan Island in a circuit that extends for 988 kilometers in total. /IC

A photo shows a bird's-eye view of a section of the round-the-island tourist highway in south China's Hainan Province on December 28, 2023. The highway stretches along the coastline of Hainan Island in a circuit that extends for 988 kilometers in total. /IC

A photo shows a bird’s-eye view of a section of the round-the-island tourist highway in south China’s Hainan Province on December 28, 2023. The highway stretches along the coastline of Hainan Island in a circuit that extends for 988 kilometers in total. /IC

A photo shows a bird’s-eye view of a section of the round-the-island tourist highway in south China’s Hainan Province on December 28, 2023. The highway stretches along the coastline of Hainan Island in a circuit that extends for 988 kilometers in total. /IC

A breathtaking combination of coastal capes, lighthouses, bays and marshes, the 988-kilometer-long round-the-island tourist highway in south China’s Hainan Province is definitely worthy of a road trip. The road traverses twelve cities and counties in the island province, and is now known as the “National No. 1 Coastal Scenic Highway.” It officially opened to traffic on December 18, 2023.