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.
In 2017, Qionghai, the city to which Boao belongs, introduced a "garden town" theme in an effort to upgrade its overall tourism business and related services.
Over the past five years, Hainan's GDP growth averaged 8.1 percent, reaching 446.25 billion yuan ($70.82 billion) in 2017.
Wong Yuk-Shan, an NPC deputy and president of the Open University of Hong Kong, said he noticed that Xi's words about the Taiwan question "garnered the most long-lasting applause from the legislators".
Thanks to the new measures, incidents of commercial air travel disruptions have been significantly reduced, the authorities said.
"This is an exhibition that's about art, and about history, but it's also about diplomacy and humanity," said Kitchin, the museum director.