The progress is showing. Last year, 68 conferences－each with more than 500 participants－were held in the town, more than doubling the previous year.
"Ultimately, it's about the development of the game by finding new methods, new possibilities. ... You've got a group of computer scientists who love the game combined with professionals who have a deep passion for the game, exploring possibilities that before that combination wouldn't have existed. I think that's a beautiful thing," he said.
Many opportunities have come Boao's way through the years as Hainan has worked to develop tourism as a pillar industry. The province rose to become an international tourism destination and in 2016 became the nation's first pilot zone for integrated tour planning across the whole province, a kind of supply-side reform in the tourism sector.
"On domestic issues, he has spoken extensively of improving the people's livelihoods, and on international issues, his people-centered philosophy is key to improving global governance," he said.
These full-size statues were part of the baked earth army sculpted by artisans for decades so that they could be buried with Qin Shi Huangdi, the first emperor of China (260-210 BC), and serve him in his afterlife. The site in Xi'an city in northwestern China, where the statues were excavated, along with clay chariots and horses, has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is now part of a museum.
In 1979, Xi Jinping visited Hainan with his father, Xi Zhongxun, then-Party chief of Guangdong province.