Definitions for hainanˈhaɪˈnɑn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
an island in the South China Sea, separated from the mainland by Qiongzhou Strait: constitutes a province in S China. 7,110,000; 12,430 sq. mi. (32,200 sq. km).
Category: Geography (places)
Ref: Cap.: Haikou.
An island off the coast of southern China.
Chinese province on Hainan island.
Origin: From Mandarin
Hainan is the smallest province of the People's Republic of China. The name "Hainan" also refers to Hainan Island, the main island of the province. Hainan is located in the South China Sea, separated from Guangdong's Leizhou Peninsula to the north by the shallow and narrow Qiongzhou Strait. For centuries Hainan Island was part of Guangdong Province, but in 1988 this resource-rich tropical island became part of the newly created Hainan Province. The province has an area of 33,920 square kilometres and is China's southernmost province. Although it comprises some two hundred islands scattered among three archipelagos off the southern coast, 32,900 square kilometres of its land mass is Hainan Island, from which the province takes its name. The PRC government claims territories of the province extend to the southern Spratly Islands, Paracel Islands, and other disputed marine territory. Hainan Province is the largest Special Economic Zone laid out by Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in the late 1980s.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
an island of China, in the extreme S., between the Gulf of Tongking and the China Sea, 15 m. S. of the mainland; agriculture is the staple industry; the mountainous and wooded interior is occupied by the aboriginal Les.
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