China’s President Hu Jintao had nothing but praise for the Hainan International Creative Harbour, which opened in the island’s capital Haikou on April 1.
 
The Hainan International Creative Harbour is located in the CBD area of the island’s capital city Haikou with an area of 36,000 square metres. It is the Hainan’s first cultural creativity industry park, and the first of its kind in the home-grown creative design industry of Hainan.
 
The public were treated to an array of creative products during the opening ceremony, with a highlight being five enormous ‘transformer’ robots made of scrap metal and car and motorcycle parts.
 
The creative industrial estate saw over fifty first-rate domestic and international design companies and organizations sign up for admission.
 
Thousands of visitors were able to take pictures while wandering through the displays in front of the Haikou Peoples’ Great Hall.
 
Visitor numbers reached as high as 20,000 a day during the Qingming festival, a Chinese festival to mourn ancestors in early April.
 
Amongst visitors were VIP guests including President Hu, who said the creative industry in Hainan was ‘an emerging sector’ with an ‘extensive future’.
 
‘The creative industry needs innovative talents,’ said Hu, as he encouraged young people to pursue their innovative spirits to gain greater achievements.
 
The Experience Centre in the park held more than 2,600 creative-theme products on display under themes of agriculture, daily life and tourism, and visitors had the opportunity to purchase over 2,000 of these creative products.
 
Products included electricity-saving bladeless fans, portable solar lights, a blind area detector for earthquake rescue, prototyping equipment and hundreds of others.
 
There was also a tourism products section highlighting top-end products from Germany, as well as an innovative agriculture section and a high-end gifts section.
 
The opening ceremony marks the beginning of the first of two phases through which the Harbour project will be implemented.
 
The Hainan International Creative Harbour is one of the many international projects that the island will host during 2011, which include a Mission Hills Golf Tournament and the luxury Rendez Vous festival. Past events have played a huge role in boosting the island’s reputation as a major international hotspot as part of China’s 10-year plan to make Hainan ‘the new Phuket’.
 

 
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