Lovers of Chinese cuisine are getting ready to head to Ding’an County in China’s tropical island province, Hainan, for the 2nd annual Ding’an Food Festival.
The festival, whose purpose is to promote the food and culture of the Ding’an County, will begin on June 4 and run through to June 6.
Traditional foods to taste at the Festival include bamboo rice, wild duck and coconut soup, specialties of the indigenous Li and Miao people.
The Hainan provincial government is also planning an array of cultural activities to attract more tourists and food lovers to the festival.
Aside from food, the festival will include a variety of activities such as Dragon Boat Racing, a Qiong Opera Show and street food activities.
Locals and tourists alike will be able to indulge in the variety of famous local food from Hainan chicken to the region’s famous fresh seafood, while also taking part in cultural customs.
Ding’an County is located in the Central North region of Hainan Island, China’s tropical island province in the South China Sea.
Located in the surrounding area is China’s largest tropical bird park with over 250 species of local and imported birds, as well as the immaculate 27-course Nanli Lake International Golf Course that twists around the stunning Lake Nan Li Hu.
The first Ding’an Food Festival was held successfully last June. Separate events were organised to coincide with the Food Festival, including the Hainan Opera Week, Film Week, and the Food Festival Winning Photographs Expo.
Outdoor activities such as a longevity pugilism performance, an agricultural products exhibit, and a day tour throughout the Ding’an County were also highlights during last year’s event.
A photographic exhibition of images of traditional Ding’an culture was also held in the region.
Ding’an County is about 50 minutes drive from Haikou Meilan International Airport, or 2 hours from Sanya Phoenix International Airport on China’s southern island province, Hainan.
Hainan Island, which has been dubbed ‘the Chinese Hawaii’, has seen a sharp surge in tourism in the last year as a result of the Chinese Government’s plans to make the island an international tourism destination by 2020.


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