I'm working for Chevron China Energy's Leadership Team at their offsite on Hainan Island. China's southermost city, Sanya, is at the tip of it and it's much like Hawaii (so say the other Americans). Whatever. It's paradise. And I am really liking the Chinese, guests as well as staff, who are so friendly and helpful, even if their English is little (and my Mandarin is basically "Shay, shay" or thank you.)
The culture is very westernized, at least where we went. The food is quite different. Definitely not China Gardens take-out. They eat full dinner-type meals in the morning with many locals opting for noodles, broth, spinach and dumplings in a large bowl. "Century eggs" (blackened by aging in some kind of lamb something) on red bean congee (rice oatmeal thingy) was another. Luckily they had good old cereal and fruit.
The rear staircase to China Southern's Airbus A380 (seats 508):
Sanya Hilton Beach, Hainan Island, China: