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    Back at Sanya city and Yalong Bay area.
    Besides tourism and the ongoing scams and rip-off in seafood restaurants, Sanya's other big business is wedding pictures.
    Any day of the week you can find hundreds of wedding picture studios and couples along the beaches / parks taking tons of pictures.

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    Weddings sky-high as costs of banquets, extras double
    By Hu Min | 2012-12-30 | Shanghai Daily Newspaper
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    SHANGHAI couples are expected to spend more on their weddings next year as prices of wedding banquets and other services spiral upwards.
    The costs of banquets have doubled compared to five years ago, whereas such service fees as photography has soared almost 90 percent in the past two years.

    The price for a wedding banquet stood at 4,000 yuan (US$645) to 6,000 yuan per table on average at local four- star hotels. At local five-star hotels, the cost is 6,000 yuan to 10,000 yuan per table on average.The Westin Hotel in Shanghai quoted about 6,888 yuan to 10,888 yuan, including a 15 percent service fee. The Yan'an Hotel prices banquets around 4,000 yuan to 6,000 yuan.

    In 2008, a table cost only a little more than 2,000 yuan on average for most four-star hotels in Shanghai.
    The increase will range between 10 to 15 percent next year, the Shanghai Wedding Service Association predicted.

    Despite soaring prices, some popular hotels said they have been almost fully booked next year except for a few days in July and August.
    The association said newlyweds' pursuit of lavish weddings has boosted the price in recent years, even as fewer weddings are held.

    It has been a trend for a year or two, He Lina, secretary general of the association, said yesterday. She said the price of wedding banquets has grown even though the prices of ingredients have not risen nearly as quickly. Menus vary slightly every year.

    The surging prices have been a burden on parents who have already saved money for an apartment for newlyweds. Higher prices force them to dip into their pensions, she said, even as they hope youngsters will stop trying to "keep up with Joneses."

    A July survey by Shanghai Wedding Exposition organizers that polled 3,000 couples who had booked banquets or were planning for weddings found local couples host 16 to 17 tables on average and many ask for help from parents.

    "Local couples are decreasing the number of tables as they are 'running a deficit' with cost outpacing 'red envelopes' with money gifts," He said.
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    Back in Dadonghai (Sanya City) visited Hainan Islands newly opened Can-Am dealership, quite impressive for the island.
    http://www.can-am.brp.com
    Can-Am China (Sanya / Dadonghai shop) pictures attached, official distributor: www.smooth-marine.com.hk
    ATV's shown in the pics go for around 180000-220000RMB.

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    After a couple of days business meetings and hanging out with mates in greater Sanya / Yalong Bay area made my way up north from Yalong Bay to Wuzhishan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wuzhi_Shan passing by the tropical rainforest park called Yanoda: http://www.yanoda.com/language/English/
    Skipped Yanoda Park this time as I had to take overseas visitors twice to the park in 2012 and the two visits last me properly a life time, noticed quite a lot of real estate (villas / hotels) going up in the immediate area surrounding Yanoda Park.

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    Great roads with very little traffic after Yanoda Park leading up to the mountain range towards Wuzhishan, great scenery along the way.

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    Got a nasty surprise after paying the entrance fee 50RMB to Hainan Wuzhishan National Nature Reserve.... pictures say more than words and did not bother to look around any further and hit the road down the mountain direction Boao: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo'ao
    Needless to say, quite sure this was my first and last visit to this particular nature reserve called Wuzhishan....... still, great winding roads going up though.

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    The secondary roads down the mountain range to Boao from Wuzhishan varied from concrete to tarmac to gravel and water crossings, great riding....

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    Stayed overnight in a ocean view service apartment in a suburb of Boao and looks like the whole of Boao incl. most of the main the streets are under construction for another BFA: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boao_Forum_for_Asia

    The snack bag packed before my Sanya departure helped a lot in the middle of nowhere in a huge flashy apartment complex with no restaurants / shops around just yet, bit foggy that morning with lower temperature compared to Sanya area but warmed up later on.

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    Had a smile on my face passing through Traffic Safety Village..... right - traffic safety in China......

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    Stayed only one night in Boao and left in the morning after a breakfast coming out of the snack bag.....
    Stopped at a few road side temples for good luck on the way from Boao to Wenchang: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wenchang

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    G'Day,

    Uneventful ride over to Wenchang from Boao and noticed a lot of indoor / outdoor seafood farms along the route.
    Some sections of road undergoing cheap dangerous repairs as the road surface becomes very slippery with the hot tar and loose gravel.

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    Looking around Wenchang downtown district to get to the famous temple and stopping at some memorial with a bloke made out of bronze sitting on a big slab of marble to check my simple Chinese Wenchang city map...

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    Wenchang Confucius Temple is located in downtown Wenchang City of Hainan Province......

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    On my way up to Haikou from Wenchang, passing through quite a few small villages and somehow they feel like 1800's western towns with single row houses on both sides, motorbikes look like horses of cowboys and the small police station is the sheriff's office and county jail..... might be all the infamous Sanya moonshine booze.....

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    Some interessting agricultural motor vehicles around in the Hainan woods.....

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    Seems they can not make up their minds about vehicles on the Hainan G98 expressway, spot the important difference?
    Hainan Island expressways do not have any toll gates, the petrol is more expensive compared to Mainland China to make up for it....

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    Made it to Haikou (Hainan Island Capital City): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haikou for my business meetings, the weather is not really pleasant, humid / foggy and only around +15 degrees celsius this time of the year (January 2013). Killing some time between meetings and visited Haikou Yongqing Temple, the temple is located not far from the Haikou / Hai'An ferry terminal connecting the island with the China mainland.

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    Bo'ai Road is a neighbourhood located on the south side of the Haidian River, at the northern part of Haikou city. It comprises many dilapidated buildings with European fusion-type architectural facades. The buildings are almost all painted white, and are usually no more than a few stories tall. The area contains mainly narrow streets and alleyways, and is populated almost entirely by indigenous Hainan people. The neighbourhood is the commercial centre for textiles, pets, exotic foods, replica antiques, shoes, hardware items, and wholesales convenience store products.

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    Bo'ai Road / Haikou by night looks totally different, busy with street vendors and customers....

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    After a few days up in Haikou departed capital city heading South again towards Sanya to warmer pleasant weather via National Road #224.
    Natural Rubber Plantations and lots of Beekeepers along the road, either operated by beekepers with tricycles, motorbike or the ones equipped with this kind of pictured truck set-up.

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