The Voice of Hainan: Hainan to ban petrol auto sales by 2030

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Hainan to ban petrol auto sales by 2030


HAIKOU - China's southernmost island province of Hainan will ban the sale of oil-fueled automobiles throughout the province by 2030, the provincial government said Tuesday.

The province will speed up the promotion of clean energy vehicles, and has set specific targets and outlined a roadmap.

According to a development plan issued by the provincial government, all vehicles added or replaced in the public service sector, including government vehicles and buses, will use clean energy as of 2020.

New and replaced rental cars and vehicles used for postal service and logistics are required to use new energy. Automobiles used for sanitation, tourist transport and urban-rural passenger transit will be replaced by clean energy vehicles by 2025.

A greater proportion of newly-licensed private passenger cars will be new energy vehicles (NEVs), with a 10 percent increase every year, eventually reaching 80 percent by 2025.

Charging and filling stations will be built on the island in the next three to five years to meet the needs of clean energy vehicles, the plan said.

Hainan had 37,100 clean energy vehicles by the end of 2018, accounting for about 2.9 percent of the province's total, among which 22,800 were NEVs. More than 4,500 charging facilities for electric cars were built during the same period.

An island looks overseas


With the tide of inbound tourists rising, Hainan is adopting policies and developing services and infrastructure to court foreign travelers, Yang Feiyue reports.

Favorable visa policies, more international flights and tax rebates have accelerated Hainan province's inbound tourism.

It's not uncommon to see Russians and Ukrainians strolling among the old-style buildings or enjoying such traditional Chinese medical treatments as acupuncture and acupressure.

"Lots of foreigners gather in the Dadonghai Bay area, especially at night," says Cui Peng, a resident of the island province's city, Sanya.

Inbound travelers made 1.26 million visits to Hainan last year. That's nearly 30 percent more than in 2017. Tourism income also increased by over 13 percent to $770 million during the period.

The province's government aims to attract 1.5 million inbound travel visits this year.

"We handled bookings for about 10,000 Southeast Asian travelers in 2017, but the number exceeded 30,000 last year," Hainan Classic Vacation Travel Service's general manager Yan Yunfei says.

Hainan's tourism promotions overseas and increased international flights have also contributed to the growth, Yan says.

A total of 74 inbound flights to Hainan operated in 2018, and provincial tourism authorities plan to increase the number to 85 this year.

The province also organized more than 40 promotions in other countries and regions, including Southeast Asia, Europe, the United States, Australia and Russian-speaking areas, last year.

"Our (tourism) promotion has been following where the flights lead us," Hainan Kangtai Travel inbound center's marketing director Zhang Bin tells China Tourism News.

Zhang has spent a considerable amount of time flying to the United Kingdom, Australia, Indonesia and Vietnam over the past 12 months. The inbound tourism business of Zhang's agency grew 200 percent in 2018 compared with the previous year.

A typical package features a seaside stay, golf, ethnic Li and Miao cultural experiences, hot springs and cocktails with dinner.

Many also include qilou (old-style buildings), dormant volcanoes and religious elements, plus gourmet food.

The idea is to cater to European preferences while presenting Hainan authentically, a senior member of the company says.

It offers such experiences as tai chi, rafting at Wuzhi Mountain and dining at the No 1 Farmers Market.

American Terrance Thomas spent the recent Spring Festival in Hainan.

"I came after my friend introduced Hainan to me, and he was impressed with the clean air in Haikou and that it was small enough to travel everywhere in one day," he says.

"It's much better here than in most places I have been. Trees and clean rivers make Hainan beautiful. The sounds of tropical birds chirping are beautiful."

Thomas enjoyed trips to the Yanoda rainforest in Sanya and several mountains for their "amazing tropical views".

"I've grown to love this place, and I believe that together we can protect Hainan while making it more available for people all over the world to experience," he says.

But tourism operators say that in addition to potential are opportunities for further development.

Not enough guides speak Indonesian, Thai or Filipino. And such tourism needs as quality tour buses and multilingual signage are lacking, Huang says.

Villages also need more government input to develop sightseeing transport and toilets, a Thomas Cook Sanya Branch employee says.

News Source: Xinhua, China Daily

策划:陈书焕 叶海声

Responsible editor: 石一涵
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