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Haikou, known also as the 'Cococut City', is the capital of Hainan Province, located at the northern end of Hainan Island, on the west bank of the Nandu River estuary, which is the longest on the island and the city's name appropriately means 'Mouth of the Sea'.

It is situated on the northern coast of Hainan, by the mouth of the Nandu River. The northern part of the city is the district of Haidian Island, which is separated from the main part of Haikou by the Haidian River, a branch of the Nandu.

Administratively, Haikou is a prefecture-level city, comprising four districts, and covering 2,280 square kilometres (880 sq mi). There are 2,046,189 inhabitants in the built up area all living within the 4 urban districts of the city.

Haikou is on the northern edge of the torrid zone, and is part of the Intertropical Convergence Zone. April to October is the active period for tropical storms and typhoons, most of which occur between August and September. May to October is the rainy season with the heaviest rainfall occurring in September. Despite its location, the city has a humid subtropical climate , falling just short of a tropical climate, with strong monsoonal influences. Nevertheless, the area has hot summers and warm winters, usually with high humidity. Extremes temperatures have ranged from 2.8 to 39.6 °C (37 to 103 °F) From June thru October torrential rains may occur, with 7.0 days annually receiving at least 50 mm (1.97 in) of rain; this period accounts for nearly 70 percent of the annual rainfall of 1,650 mm (65 in). With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 31 percent in February to 61 percent in July, the city receives 2,070 hours of bright sunshine annually.

Haikou was originally a port city. Today, more than half of the island's total trade still goes through its ports. The city is home to Hainan University, which has its main campus on Haidian Island.

The city is good for business travel, is also known as a port town that handles most of the island’s commerce with the mainland. The city is quite pretty, with a sprinkling of temples and some charming remains of Sino-Portuguese, colonial architecture. Here there are modern and convenient public transport facilities and many shopping malls which meet your needs. 30 minutes by taxi from Haikou Meilan Airport, and 3.5 hours from Sanya.