China’s Precious Bloom
Nestled in the South China Sea is the world’s most expensive commercial development built at a staggering US$24 (RM99) billion. Welcome to Ocean Flower Island located off the north coast of Danzhou, Hainan, China.
Described as tomorrow’s land today, the biggest flower-shaped manmade tourist island located in the bay area of Hainan province, Ocean Flower Island is a mesmerising wonderland. It’s truly magnificent that some have said that if you wish to discover the future then you must head to China – to its new fantasy island. It took about a decade to finish constructing Ocean Flower Island and at approximately 800 hectares, it is 1.5 times larger than Dubai’s Palm Islands. The impressive development by the Evergrande Group consists of three offshore islands with a reclamation land area of about eight square kilometres.
Reports suggest that reclaiming land in the area to build the mega project was more cost-effective because plots of land in or close to urban areas are at least 10 times more expensive! Despite setbacks due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it had a trial soft opening last year and attracted a steady stream of tourists. It was reported that Ocean Flower Island expects to welcome 10 million visitors annually.
Scheduled for full completion next year, the artificial archipelago will be home to more than 200 internationally-renowned brands, including 12 Michelin-star restaurants, and 25,000 residential units. The entertainment site will be home to state-of-the-art marine museums, fantasy drama attractions put together by world-famous directors, five-star resort hotels, deluxe spas, duty free shopping malls, theme parks centred on a fairy tale theme, marine theme parks, snow mountain-themed water parks, light shows and many more. In other words, the island has it all! What can we say, it really is the pearl of the South China Sea.