Impressions of Hainan Island (China) and comparison with Thailand

My first impressions will be related to the island.Hainan and the small city of Lingshui (Lingshui), so the post though about the impressions of China, but rather would be relevant mainly for Hainan. And it may well be that if we were in Beijing or elsewhere in the northern part of the country, the impressions would be completely different. Well, whatever one may say, but for me all the time I draw parallels with Thailand, because it is special for me - the first country in Asia, where I lived for quite a long time. The same for me will be Hainan, as the first visited place in China.

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Comparison with Thailand

As I wrote above, I can only compare withHainan Island, for China is huge. So here everything reminds me of visually refined Tai. The buildings are similar, only newer or not, there is no trash at all and there are no filthy ones, apparently the walls are painted on time. And here there is another altitude, ordinary buildings have floors 5 instead of 3, as usual in Tae. And also, even in our small town is full of buildings of 10-20 floors. Outwardly, they look like modern Thai condos in Pattaya or Bangkok, remember we lived somehow in such.

Lingshui looks modern and civilized

Lingshui looks modern and civilized

Lingshui is a pretty decent looking city.

Lingshui is a pretty decent looking city.

The height of buildings is generally higher than in Thailand

The height of buildings is generally higher than in Thailand

Lingshui, bridge over the river

Lingshui, bridge over the river

Main street of the city, almost Europe

Main street of the city, almost Europe

There is a similar problem on the streets with sidewalks, not everywherethey are, and if there is, it is easier to go on the road. But much cleaner. Yes, there are trash sites like the market where slop flows almost along the legs and mountains of garbage, but in the rest of the city everything is in order.

There are sidewalks, but little sense

There are sidewalks, but little sense

In the Chinese market you go on slop

In the Chinese market you go on slop

Chinese snacks, mmm ...

Chinese snacks, mmm ...

On the streets ride bikes and tuk-tuki, standmakashnitsy sold fruit. Nature is all the same - tropical, with palm trees and scorched grass. But here, the truth is, everything is very similar. Only the Chinese barely smile, and I do it out of habit (I always have a smile in Tae), but apparently it will soon pass. Connoisseurs of China just do not be offended, for sure, you will find much more differences :)

What is not Thai Makashintsa?

What is not Thai Makashintsa?

Typical Asian Cafe

Typical Asian Cafe

What is not Thailand?

What is not Thailand?

Buddhism in Thailand, communism in China

Buddhism in Thailand, communism in China

Tuk-tuki look different, and almost ruins. The Russians call them rickshaws, and in Chinese, San Loon Chhe

Tuk-tuki look different, and almost ruins. The Russians call them rickshaws, and in Chinese, San Loon Chhe

the Internet

The Internet is here ... I have never been to Thailandsuch a bad internet. But, for the sake of justice, I think, the problem is not in the country, but in the fact that here in the rehabilitation center there is some kind of dead wifi (5 Mbps) and distributed to half of the building. And although, most likely, no one shakes, apparently the channel itself is very unstable, the site can open for several minutes (if it opens at all). In general, the situation is reminiscent of Tai - there is speed, but some of the packets are lost (hence the delay), and Russia apparently carries traffic to horses.

When VPN is enabled, this is the speed in China

When VPN is enabled, this is the speed in China

Also ran into Chinese firewood. Google, Dropbox, Facebook and Yandex.Disk services do not work (the application, the site opens). But besides them, the most usual sites, such as Evernote, Hotelscombined, Internet banks or even the Megaphone site, periodically do not work! Maybe the firewall of the hospital itself is blocking something or some problems with the trace, I do not know. In any case, I need Google, so I bought a VPN from seed4.me (if you need an invitation, then here’s 4387f487-178e-4517-9bf4-86e069c00f7d) and I use it, almost everything opens through it, only the speed does not please, sometimes by the minute wait to download. I had to turn off all cloud services and forget about torrents. But the main thing Life-trip quickly opens, that with VPN, that without it, actually, and on it thanks :)

prices

Expensive. So far, of course, it is too early to say, but already visited two supermarkets and in the market, prices are a little lower than Moscow ones. On average, fruits / vegetables cost about 15 yuan / kg. In March 2015, for 10 rubles, they give 1 yuan, thus multiplying all prices by 10. True, if we consider that half a year ago, when converting to rubles, everything cost half as much, then again we return to the problem in ruble, and some countries remained cheap. But about the food, I will somehow release a separate post, when I’ll go into it, I'll go to the cafes, try the most. And we must understand that food is not the only item of expenditure.

Yellow mango is not quite as in Thailand, it is more like the variety when outside is green and orange inside. I like :) They cost 10-15 yuan / kg. And then awesome cherry tomatoes, I have never eaten such things before. The taste is so rich that it seems like a tomato concentrate. They cost about 7-10 yuan / kg. Yes, it is very unusual that the price is everywhere for half a kilo, you get confused every time.

Multiply the price by 10 and get the cost per half a kilogram

Multiply the price by 10 and get the cost per half a kilogram

Cherry tomatoes are the most delicious in my life! Cost very cheap!

Cherry tomatoes are the most delicious in my life! Cost very cheap!

Housing costs about 1500-2500 yuan for a goodan apartment, but you can not rent less than a year, despite the fact that payment is not monthly, but six months at a time (most often). But this, if we talk about our town Lingshui. In Sanya, as I understand it, in this regard, a little easier, more housing offers and sometimes there is monthly payment, as well as monthly delivery, but also annual contracts are preferable.

Transport

The movement, like in Russia, is right-sided,but traditionally for Asia there are many bikes on the roads. I did not like driving. Do you think Thais drive badly? Come to us in Hainan and see how else happens. The bikes ride on the opposite side (and not on the sidelines at the same time!), Without looking, cross the solid, do not pay attention to pedestrians, cars and traffic lights. The key word here is "not looking" and "not predictable." And some motorists drive it looks like I was driving a taxi through the city of Sanya to the train station, and there on the main street every how many meters turns, and so the car turns around without looking, interfering with the flow and forcing everyone to slow down or stop. And when they buzz (the taxi driver persistently did it), they do not pay attention, just continue imposingly finishing their maneuver.

Maybe it's good that you can not drive a car to foreigners. :) And then I had the idea to rent, butscary drive. More precisely, you can ride, but you need to get Chinese rights, our international ones are not rolling. True, you can drive without power low-power scooters, for example, electric. Yes, there are so many electric scooters! At first, I could not understand why they were passing by almost without noise, I thought they were saving gasoline. But then I saw that they also "save" uphill and then it dawned on me. Later, they told me that in China there was generally a ban on petrol bikes, so they are difficult to register.

Electric scooter on recharging

Electric scooter on recharging

Child seat for bike

Child seat for bike

How do you like flower tuning?

How do you like flower tuning?

A huge plus electric scooters - no noise andgary I remember how at a large Thai intersection my ears are laying and there is nothing to breathe. But the electric bike is designed for 50 km total. But you can buy for 2000 yuan or cheaper. Rent, you can say no. I saw on the Internet ads for 150 cubic scooters for 130 yuan / day, we are talking about Sanya, but as I understand it, this is not a mass phenomenon. In our city, there is no rent at all, because there are no foreigners here, only we.

Language and people

They do not speak English. Generally do not speak. Moreover, the Chinese persistently try to tell me something in Chinese, even if it is clear from my speech that I do not know a word. Even when I speak English or Russian, it feels like they are trying to understand, and what I’ve said is that maybe my pronunciation is not very good in Chinese :) At the airport, I asked the guy a question about where the terminal is located, and he persistently spoke Chinese, asked again, tried to understand the word “terminal”.

The same trouble with the inscriptions, almost nothing onEnglish, neither on the streets, nor in the store. How, it turns out, Tai is imprisoned for foreigners, almost everything is duplicated in English in shops, and on the street some Thai inscriptions are written in English letters, and you just need to remember that, for example, Wat is a temple, and Baan is a village. The main thing that you can read, in contrast to the Chinese characters.

Everywhere hieroglyphs, we can only guess

Everywhere hieroglyphs, we can only guess

Inscriptions all in Chinese

Inscriptions all in Chinese

Try to guess what milk is

Try to guess what milk is

It's hard for me to say something about people becausethat in our medical center doctors are all accustomed to foreigners, and in the town where we live, the local ones, on the contrary, all stare at us, as if they were newcomers. Literally can go on the heels and almost in the mouth to look. Such close attention is very annoying, you feel like a monkey in a cage.

And so they sat for about an hour, only popcorn was missing

And so they sat for about an hour, only popcorn was missing

As I said, the Chinese in Hainan are not smiling. But in general, somehow less severe than the Russian :) And the same trick is in culture, as well as at Thais- “face loss”, this is inconvenient. Of the very unusual - the Chinese recklessly spit on the floor, pawing, I would say, and many people smoke. And also for some reason they always speak in a raised voice, almost shout, so if there are several Chinese, then there is a hubbub.

Climate

Along the way, I found a very suitable climate for myself,almost perfect. Trudge every day! I look now in Pattaya 31-33 degrees during the day and 25-27 at night. We have here in Hainan in the Sanya 28-30 in the afternoon, which are easily transferred, especially in the shade. A night temperature of 21-23, that is, in the evening, at night and in the morning, you can relax from the heat normally. What can not be said about Tae, after all, the nightly 25-27 degrees do not allow to rest at all from the heat. The climate in Sanya, something similar to the climate of Chiang Mai, just does not happen so cold and so hot, plus the sea.

Yes, soon the heat will come to Hainan, up to 35 degreesmaybe, but the hot season is only a few months, from May to September somewhere. The rest of the time is generally cool, in winter the temperature drops to 18-20 degrees during the daytime. Cool, just what I have always wanted so that not the whole year the heat! Honestly, I am surprised why Sanya and its surroundings are still not in trend with our winterers.

Climate in Sanya (Hainan)

Climate in Sanya (Hainan)

Visas

There are many types of visas in China, so in allI have not yet gone into the nuances, if I am mistaken, correct. Basically, it all comes down to having to travel once every 90 days, which is on a tourist visa, and some other. From Hainan, you can travel to Hong Kong, or rather fly out, there to make a new visa, or get the next fold and come back. A convenient option is seen as a business visa M (it costs about 15 thousand rubles a year in agencies in Russia) or a student visa without leaving (but you need to learn and spend money on it).

The cost of a visa and family flight outpretty noticeable. One plane to Hong Kong costs 15 thousand rubles per person (you can search and compare prices on Aviasales.ru and Skyscanner.ru), and you have to fly several times a year (depending on the desired length of stay). However, they say there are cheap tickets to Shenzhen, from where you can get to Hong Kong by subway and cross the border. In principle, if we compare it with a business migration to Eastern Europe or a student visa to Thailand, then the monthly expenses will be less or less comparable.

P.S. These are my first impressions, let's see what happens next. It seems like everything, but how to live here without the Chinese is not clear.

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