China’s government is making a big push to build luxury resorts on the island of Hainan.
A top government official said the plans include a high-rise residential project on the Sanya island, which is currently under construction.
The plan would feature a spa resort with a total of 30 residential units, as well as restaurants, bars and a hotel.
The high-rises would be built at a cost of $200 million.
The Hainans, known as the Golden Pearl in Mandarin, are a former British colony in the South China Sea that China seized in the late 1800s.
They are home to some of the world’s largest and most affluent resorts, including the Soho and the Shangri-La hotels.
According to a report in the Wall Street Review, the government hopes the new project will attract more foreign tourists.
“Our aim is to create a world class destination,” a government official told the magazine.
“It will be the world-class resort, the world famous resort, with the most important hotels, and the most luxurious resort in the Asia-Pacific region.”
The Sanya development is part of a broader push to develop luxury resorts in the country, with more than 200 planned projects across the country.
“The goal is to develop a destination of the highest class,” said the official.
“And if we achieve this goal, we will create a new generation of high class travelers who will come to the islands.”
Hainan Island has become a popular destination for wealthy Chinese tourists, with about one million people visiting there in 2016.
A survey published by the tourism agency China Traveler found that in 2016, the number of foreign tourists visiting the island dropped by 9.5 percent, from 2.1 million to 2.0 million.