Summer of night markets...
A small impression of the famous 海口南门夜市 or Haida South Gate Night Market
in the old city of 海口市 Haikou, Hainan province
(source theworldofchinese IG).
Most Chinese people stay at home or travel domestically this summer due to COVID-19 entry-exit regulations. Despite local COVID outbreaks in China, many people are still on the road traveling for their holidays in different parts of China. Others enjoy their proximate environment, especially in the evenings when night markets and food streets get alive.
One of the traditional vacation top spots are the 'tropical' islands of 海南 Hainan province, known for its beaches, scenery, seafood and fruits. Here is a small impression of the famous 海口南门夜市 or Haida South Gate Night Market in the old city of 海口市 Haikou, Hainan's capital. A regular street filled with cars during the day, it turns into a pedestrian area in the evening with on the right side stalls cooking foods and snacks originating from all over China (and beyond) and on the left small shops with a dazzling variety of souvenirs and commodities.
The market is called South Gate as it is close to the South Gate of Hainan University with lots of college students visiting the market during the evenings.
Hainan island is in development with the ambition to become a global high-tech Free Trade Port by the middle of this century. The number of registered market entities in Hainan has increased from less than 310,000 in 2013 to more than 1.98 million in 2021. Meanwhile, the actual utilization of foreign investment in Hainan grew at an average annual rate of 80%, and the number of foreign enterprises introduced in the island grew at an average annual rate of nearly 120%.
Modern services (tourism, healthcare, others), high-tech industry and agriculture have become leading market sectors in Hainan.
video source : theworldofchinese IG
picture source : inf.news