Details: This poster shows palm trees on the beach of Hainan Island.
Hainan (literal meaning: South of the Sea) is the smallest province of the People's Republic of China (PRC). Although the province comprises some two hundred islands scattered among three archipelagos off the southern coast, 97% of its land mass is Hainan Island (Hainan Dao), from which the province takes its name. The name Hainan, to the people of China, usually refers to Hainan Island itself, however the PRC government claims Hainan's territories extend to the southern Spratly Islands, Paracel Islands, and other disputed marine territory. Hainan is also the largest Special Economic Zone laid out by Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in the late 1980s.