If you’re looking for fresh seafood in Hainan and want to lap up the hustle and bustle of the daily Haikou lifestyle, make sure you go to the Dadongmen Market, one of the three major wholesale markets in the city. It offers a truly immersive experience, where you can come face to face with Hainanese traders who always love to chat and interact.
Located on the Xinmin East Road, in the Old Town area of Haikou, the distributing centre of seafood and dry cargo market has plenty of dried squid, red fish, shrimp and salted fish, among others, on sale for reasonable prices. The kind of seafood that will have you salivating on first sight. Ask the vendors for some tips and recommendations and to discover some new taste sensations. They’ll always make sure you have the best seafood in town.
From 02:00, there’s intense activity in Dadongmen Market, mostly from clients who want to buy fresh fish to serve at the table the following day in the most exclusive restaurants and hotels. Depending on the flow, the prices may increase.
If you’re feeling adventurous and would like to cook up a dish yourself, here you’ll certainly find not only the right fish but also chilli sauce, coconut powder, coffee powder and other products to add delicious flavours to your creation.
From an architectural point of view, the narrow streets of the market create a magical mystique, providing excellent contemplation opportunities.
Xinmin East Road, Milan District, Haikou (海口市美兰区新民东路)
If you come to the Dadongmen Market as tourist, make sure you bring your camera to capture some unique memories. Also take some time to check out the souvenirs on sale. They can be bought in an ancient street located in the interior of the market. Your family and friends back home are sure to love them.