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Dongfang

Updated: 2021-02-19

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Changhua River. [Photo/dongfang.hainan.gov.cn]

Dongfang is located in the southwestern part of Hainan province and on the south side of the beautiful and fertile Changhua River. It faces Vietnam across the sea and is the third largest coastal city in Hainan.

Covering an area of 2,272 square kilometers, the city has a tropical oceanic monsoon climate, with an average of eight hours of sunshine daily and a year-round average temperature of 24-25 C.

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Dongfang city. [Photo/dongfang.hainan.gov.cn]

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Datianpo Deer Scenic Area. [Photo/dongfang.hainan.gov.cn]

It is home to Hainan Eld's deer, which are listed among national first-level protected animals. Macaques living in the Tian'an area are rare and something of a mystery to tourists. Dongfang also has rich reserves of gold, phosphorus, zinc, crystal, quartz sand, granite, and natural gas. People in Dongfang benefit from advantageous geographical conditions, such as millions of hectares of tropical plains, a 128.4 km long coast line, and unexplored wetlands.

With an abundance of tourism resources, Dongfang possesses broad development potential. It has beautiful natural scenery, historical sites, and the unique local customs of the Li and Miao ethnic groups. Currently, its tourism resources to be developed include the Daguangba Scenic Area, Hongxing Hot Springs, Datianpo Deer Scenic Area, Monkey Hill Forest Scenic Area, Moon Bay, Yalong Ethnic Customs Scenic Area, Longquan Mountain, and Yulinzhou. Its cultural attractions include General Fubo Well, Fulong Park, Ganen Beacon Tower Sites, and Prehistoric Cultural Sites in China. 

Dongfang has a long trade history with Vietnam. It is the only city port in Hainan with a border trade policy and a designated port for imported fruits. This opens up unlimited business opportunities. In recent years, high-tech projects have risen quickly such as oil and gas, chemical industry, and bio-energy in the Dongfang Lingang Industrial Park. Meanwhile power projects such as Hydropower, thermal power, and wind power have been built one after the other, converting the city into an important energy base and a heavy chemical industry base in the province.

In 2021, Dongfang's GDP reached 21.5 billion yuan ($3.4 billion), up 7.7 percent year-on-year.