Travelling at South of the Sea Part 4

As one can see, there are acres and acres of land used for farming along the way to famous beach in Sanya, the Asian’s Dragon Bay, more commonly known as Ya Long Bay or Ya Long Wan. There are no industries in Hainan thus tourism is their main source of revenue. Exporting locally products helped to supplement the people’s income, especially the farmers and the poorer people.

1st Stop: Yalong Wan

Arriving at Ya Long Wan

We were super tempted to get some of the grilled seafood to try but our tour guides stopped us. Apparently, they advocate abstaining from eating at these stalls as the stall owners do not maintain a reasonable level of hygiene. Thus, unless we were keen to contract the infamous traveller’s bowel syndrome, we could only salivate and stared hard at the passerbys who bought the food. 😥

It is a beautiful place but we did not have the luxury of time to stay on. We were given only 45 minutes to look around before heading back to the coach to get to our next destination. One could choose to take part in water sports or even island hopping. Remember to allocate at least half a day to be spent at this beach if you want to visit this place and try out the various activities.

Jet Ski

Old School Mosaic

Sand castles anyone?

Beautiful wind charms made from shells

Lunch was at a tucked away restaurant in the vicinity where there were many villas. According to the tour guide, this place has very good fengshui as most of the houses faces the sea while had their backs “leaned” against mountains.

After lunch, we moved on and reached our next destination.

2nd Stop: Household items

The reason why I named this stop ‘Household Items’ was mainly because of the commodities they sell here: Knives, pots, cups and many other things one would probably see in a house.

This is a piece of iron ore. The shinier the piece of iron ore, the better it is for making the guns for tanks, especially during  the World War 2. Hainan has a reserve of iron ore and has provided other parts of China with it. Now that war has ceased, what’s next for these precious minerals?

Kitchen ware! Interesting switch isn’t it?

And near to where the mines of the iron ore, there exists an interesting stone which prevents algae from growing in the water. After investigating, the “scientists” (nobody knows who these scientists, they mentioned, were. O_o) realised these stones, formed after a volcanic eruption many years back, has special minerals which causes the water to stay clean and drinkable even after months.

After the walk through, the promoter set us down in a demonstration room and began showing us all sorts of kitchen ware they carry, from shredders to knives, from metallic cups to shavers made with the same iron ore.

Most of us were impressed by her demonstration and we were interested to buy the items. However, there was a catch. We were unwilling to pay the price she offered us. The families in our tour group decided to counter offer. Should she accept, we would buy. If she did not, we would all go. It was the this time I experience the bargaining power of the women in our tour group and the pressure a huge group could have upon the sales person.  She was in such a dilemma. Perhaps the cost of the item was really not that low. There were 2 items most of us were keen to get. The first one was a cup that contained a filter with the special stone mentioned above. The water would be slightly alkaline which she said was better for the body as it would help to balance the acidity within the body. There were 22 of us. After much haggling, the price of each cup, with 2 filters and freebies (a fruit knife, a scissors and a shredder) costs RMB400. It was originally without the freebies and with only 1 filter. Even as I stood aside, amused while watching the ladies squabble over the prices, I wonder if there would be a day I’ll become like one of them. *gasp* Once the price was finalised, I joined them in the group purchase. Ha! Will try to do the demonstration which the lady showed us and post it up! Haha…

This was also the place that we spent the longest time at. *rolls eyes* I’m so domesticated.

Moving on…

More plantations

Paddy Fields

Next up, we visited one of the tribe’s habitat that has been well designed into a cultural centre for tourists to visit.

3rd Stop: Miao’s People Village

If you looked closely, you would realise that there are tattoos along the cheekbones of the ladies in the above photo. Upon reaching the suitable age to get married, these women would have to undergo a procedure to have their faces slit. Crushed herbs are then placed in the slits to “colour” the skin when the wounds healed. It was said that the more colour there is, the more acceptance one gains from her ancestors. Luckily, this practice has been discontinued. Phew…

Poh trying out the huge drum

I was amused when I noticed some of them used their nostrils to play the instruments.

The heavier, the better. The bigger, the prettier. The more, the merrier.

The more bull skulls on the gate, the wealthier the family

 The lady in pink fed us self-made rice wine and they sang songs and danced as a well to welcome us as we walked through the passageway.

Emerging from the other side, I noticed there were many of these hanging on the tree branches. These are actually the teeth of the bulls they hunted and they are hung on trees to ward off evil spirits.

Reminds me of Tarzan. Ha!

The people taught us a few phrases in their language. ‘Mi Kong” means “Hello”. “Niang” means “Happy”. “Ma Mu” means “Good Bye:. So when asked “Niang bu Niang” which means “Are you happy?”, you better answer “Niang” enthusiastically. Haha…

Another custom which they practice was to pinch one’s ear. They did not mean to be rude but on the contrary, the harder they pinched you, the more they liked you. Look at how Poh could not stop smiling. Sigh…

more bull skulls

Silver Accessories

Engravings by the craftsmen

Dinner at Qiong Hai before we head back to Haikou

Jia Ji Duck, a famous Hainese dish

I’ll end off this post with an interesting yet disturbing find in the bathroom of our hotel room. Besides complimentary toiletries and towels, there was this mini-shelf with different types of commodities for the patrons of the hotel.

Disposable underwear, Condoms, Compressed Towel e.t.c

It was my first time seeing any hotels provide these and out of curiosity, I took a closer look at each of them. The one that left me feeling uneasy was the Supernatural Oil from India. Contained in it was supposedly a towel ,soaked in the supernatural oil from india. As read from the packaging, when applied on the penis, it can improve shine (FOR WHAT?!), improve performance, improve enjoyment, prevents diseases (OMG… an oil can prevent STDs?! *gasp*) and improve size. *shakes head in disbelief*

I have never ever heard of anything that is SO wonderous yet costs only RMB10! It is just too dubious. I wondered how many of those old ah peks or te-ko-peks actually got duped into using this product and got themselves infected with all sorts of unwanted STDs. *shudders*

Made me rethink about staying in this hotel again… Eew! *puke puke puke*

P.S Poh and I think we got bed bugs’ or flea bites from this place too. 😦

Til the next post! 😀

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6 Responses to “Travelling at South of the Sea Part 4”
  1. Yatin says:

    You are still on he move? Must be a fun trip!
    That’s some cultural experience depicted in the pictures.
    Miao’s People Village is very impressive, especially their fortress like houses.

    • eMoTuRtLeT84 says:

      Yep, their houses are really unlike any around my neighbourhood! I’m home! Just not yet finished whth sharing all my experiences in Hainan. I’ll be having one last post about my trip to Hainan. Stay tuned!

  2. Malou Prestado says:

    Great post and those pictures made me miss Asia so much.

  3. Jean says:

    Wierd stuff at that hotel for um…a “fun” night.

    Looks like a lovely island. Did you see any cyclists there or is it very car-oriented for tourists? In my personal opinion, tourist islands with some flatland should steer away from being too car oriented.

    And did you see many non-Asian tourists? Just curious… The West does know about Hanain but not as much as the heavier promotion of urban areas of China or big cities, or mountain areas/view that inspired Chinese painters over the centuries.

    • eMoTuRtLeT84 says:

      There are very few cyclists on the island as most places are located quite far away from each other. I do see some non-Asian tourists but only at tourist spots such as the Nan Shan Temple and the Professor Tea Shop. The tour guide did mentioned that majority of them are Russians though.

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