See also: Hǎinán and Hai-nan

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Etymology

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c. 1600s, from Mandarin 海南 (Hǎinán).

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  • IPA(key): /haɪˈnɑːn/, /haɪˈnæn/
  • enPR: hīʹnänʹ

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Hainan

  1. A province off the coast of southern China, primarily made up of Hainan Island. Capital: Haikou.
    • 1942 March 20, John McVea, “Madame Chiang Kai-Shek”, in The Gateway[1], volume XXXII, number 29, Edmonton, page 5:
      These were a business family, in Hainan province, who, along with other South China merchants, had interests in America, where the multitude of little shops and businesses owned by Chinese had assumed the appearance of a department store chain, representing the invested outlay of controlling families in the Orient.
    • 2009 March 15, Bonnie Tsui, “The Surf’s Always Up in the Chinese Hawaii”, in The New York Times[2], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 18 March 2009, Travel‎[3]:
      After Hainan separated from Guangdong to become its own province in 1988, a development boom was quickly followed by a bust that left many building projects on the island half-finished. In the last few years, Hainan has welcomed back investors and become a fashionable draw for Russian tourists looking to escape winter — entire blocks in Sanya have signs lettered in Russian for their benefit.
    • 2022 May 9, “China cargo craft docks with space station ahead of new crew”, in AP News[4], archived from the original on 10 May 2022[5]:
      The Tianzhou-4 spacecraft was slung into space atop a Long March-7 Y5 rocket at 1:56 a.m. from the Wenchang Launch Base in the southern island province of Hainan. State media said it docked with the station about seven hours later.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Hainan.
  2. An island off the coast of southern China.
    • 1669, John Nievhoff, translated by John Ogilby, An Embassy from the Eaſt-India Company of the United Provinces, to the Grand Tartar Cham Emperour of China[6], London: John Macock, page 270:
      Near to the Iſland Hainan are caught Whales,after the ſame manner as the Hollanders and Engliſh in the North about Greenland, whereof they make Oyl which ſerves for ſeveral uſes.
    • 1983 March 20, “Hainan protest over Teng's economic plans”, in Free China Weekly[7], volume XXIV, number 11, Taipei, page 2:
      Several thousand retired servicemen on Hainan Island demonstrated against Teng Hsiao-ping's economic policies last month at the instigation of Hsu Shih-yu, deputy chairman of the Chinese Communist Party's Central Advisory Committee and a standing member of the party's Military Affairs Commission, according to an official report intercepted by the Republic of China's intelligence workers on the mainland.
    • 2010, George W. Bush, Decision Points[8], →ISBN, →OCLC, →OL, page 426:
      On April 1, 2001, an American surveillance plane known as an EP-3 collided with a Chinese aircraft and made an emergency landing on Hainan Island. The Chinese pilot ejected from the cockpit and died. Our twenty-four-person crew was held at a military barracks on the island and interrogated. The Iranian hostage crisis was at the forefront of my mind. This was not the way I wanted to start my relationship with China.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Hainan.
  3. A Tibetan autonomous prefecture in Qinghai, China.
    • 1990 April 27, “BIG QUAKE KILLS 115 PEOPLE IN CENTRAL CHINA”, in The Washington Post[9], sourced from Associated Press, →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on August 28, 2017[10]:
      China Central Television reported that the quake, centered in the Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai province, left 5,000 people homeless. Hundreds of people slept on the ground, wrapped in heavy blankets to ward off cold.
  4. A district of Wuhai, Inner Mongolia, China.

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Province-level divisions of the People's Republic of China in English (layout · text)
Provinces: Anhui · Fujian · Guangdong · Gansu · Guizhou · Henan · Hubei · Hebei · Hainan · Heilongjiang · Hunan · Jilin · Jiangsu · Jiangxi · Liaoning · Qinghai · Sichuan · Shandong · Shaanxi · Shanxi · Taiwan (claimed) · Yunnan · Zhejiang
Autonomous regions: Guangxi · Inner Mongolia · Ningxia · Tibet Autonomous Region · Xinjiang
Municipalities: Beijing · Tianjin · Shanghai · Chongqing
Special administrative regions: Hong Kong · Macau

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Borrowed from Mandarin 海南 (Hǎinán).

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Hainan f

  1. Hainan (an island and province of China)

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Hainan f

  1. Hainan (an island and province of China)