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Retirees flock to 'China's Florida' for warmth

When winter hits their hometowns, the elderly flee to Hainan to escape the cold - a trend that started in 2000

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Between 600,000 and 700,000 elderly descend on Sanya every winter, almost doubling its population.

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Hainan, with its palm-fringed beaches and balmy weather, is fast becoming known as "China's Florida".

Sanya, China

BLESSED by palm-fringed beaches and balmy weather, the island province of Hainan is fast becoming known as "China's Florida", drawing masses of retirees fleeing the biting cold of their hometowns.

"At home in Harbin, it can be minus 30 deg C, it's unbearable! But here

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