Tales of Old Hainan

The colorful past of China’s greatest island. by Philip Gwinell
Originally from England, Philip holds a bachelor’s joint honors degree in company law & information systems from the University of Staffordshire in England. After running his own software company in the UK for more than 20 years, he fell in love with Hainan in 2004 and in 2005 decided to make the island his permanent home. Since then he has become heavily involved in the local community and government. As the Chief Advisor to the Haikou Guide, Hainan’s only English bimonthly information guide, Philip assists with both translation and the selection of news and features of interest to overseas guests. At various times he has also acted as a translator for the government at events like the 2010 Bo’ao International Tourism Forum. He also acts as a senior advisor to the board of one of Hainan’s largest tour operators and is an advisor to the Foreign Affairs Office of the Haikou
Municipal Government. A fluent speaker and reader of the Chinese language, Philip has a passionate interest in all things Hainanese.