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Hainan Island, China's second largest island, is 30 km off its southern coast, and is on the same latitude as southern Cuba. Hainan Island became China's 31st province in 1988. In ancient times, disfavored officials were exiled here and had to live a hard life. Today, the province is being developed as a very special economic zone with flexibility and openness in developing foreign trade. Thousands of ambitious business men, technicians and engineers rush to this island from inland China to help its development. Its capital city, Haikou, is pleasant. And visitors can enjoy the beaches at Sanya. A large percentage of the population are tribal minorities. Many still wear their distinctive, beautiful dress.
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