While it’s not an unpleasant area, there’s very little to delay your passage across western Guangdong on the way to Guangxi or Hainan Island. Buses cover both routes quickly, but the rail line is the most convenient way to get to Haikou, although with only three services daily you may find yourself taking a bus to Hai’an (海安, hăi’ān), from where there are regular ferries to Hainan. Either way, consider stopping off for a day or two at scenic Zhaoqing (肇庆, zhàoqìng), a local tourist attraction for more than a thousand years.

  • Zhaoqing