In the new era, Hainan will further reform and opening-up as a special economic zone and international tourism site.
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.
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.
"To advance its integrated tourism development, Hainan is speeding up the construction of tourist cities, special feature towns and beautiful villages," Sun said, adding that the province will promote rural tourism through 100 special feature towns and 1,000 villages.
"The words President Xi used on this subject were particularly strong and serious, and he stressed that any behavior intended to divide the country is doomed to fail," he said.