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Lingshui Li autonomous county

Updated: 2021-03-16


Two girls of Li ethnic group [Photo/lingshui.gov.cn]

Lingshui Li autonomous county is situated in the southeast of Hainan Island. It borders Wanning city to the northeast, Qiongzhong to the north, Baoting to the northwest, and Sanya city to the southeast. It also lies close to the South China Sea. Its coastline is 57.5 kilometers long, and the county has a total area of 1,128 square kilometers.

The county's terrain is mainly characterized by mountains, hills and plains. There are 24 mountains in the county. Of these, Diaoluo mountain stands the tallest, with an altitude of 1,499.8 meters. 

Lingshui has 1,223 square kilometers of sea area, covering Fenjiezhou Island in the northeast and connecting with Sanya's sea area in the southeast. Its sea area includes four bays - Xiangshui Bay, Lingshui Bay, Qingshui Bay and Tufu Bay; two islands - Fenjiezhou Island and Nanwan Peninsula; and five natural ports - Xincun Port, Lian Port, Shuikou Port, Shanzhong Port and Gangpo Port. Of these ports, Xincun Port is the largest, covering a water area of 2,226 hectares and an available area of 1,235.8 hectares. 

The county has 17 tourist attractions, including the Soviet government site, the stone carving of the Japanese army's invasion of Lingshui, Sanmei Temple, Nanwan Monkey Island, Diaoluoshan National Forest Park, Xiangshui Bay, Fenjiezhou Island, Coconut Island, Tufu Bay, Qingshui Bay, and Gaofeng Hot Springs. Of these, Nanwan Monkey Island is the only Chinese nature reserve focused on the rhesus macaque (macaca mulatta).

In 2020, economic development in the county maintained a steady growth. The county's regional GDP reached 19.55 billion yuan ($3 billion), a year-on-year increase of 3.5 percent, and the growth rate ranked third in the province. The investment in fixed assets was 14.6 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 2.2 percent, and the growth rate turned from negative to positive for the first time since 2018. The local general public budget revenue was 3.38 billion yuan. The total retail sales of consumer goods reached 3.39 billion yuan. The total tourism revenue was 3.98 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 1.3 percent. The per capita disposable income of urban residents was 33,602 yuan, a year-on-year increase of 3.6 percent, and the growth rate ranked sixth in the province.