"Thirty years ago, it took a full day to reach Haikou from Sanya, which lies at the southern tip of the island, but now it takes less than two hours by high speed train, and there are other choices," said Hua Zetian, a rice-breeding expert who has worked in Hainan for 30 years.
The annual gathering at the emperor's mausoleum in Huangling county, Northwest China's Shaanxi province, occurs on Tomb-sweeping Day, a holiday when Chinese mourn their deceased family members.
The road ahead will not be smooth, as there are still many challenges to be overcome. For the ruling Party to do a good job in governance, in advancing reform and opening-up, in promoting a healthy market economy and in dealing with an increasingly complicated external environment, those qualities will need to be demonstrated to the fullest.
There were no traffic lights in Hainan until the late 1980s, but the island has quickly become a destination for international tourists and events, with convenient transportation systems that link the province with the world - airports, harbors, expressways, high-speed railways and cruise lines, in addition to the internet, which connects local farmers with far-flung markets.