Many expats find electric bikes to be a convenient way to get around the city. They can be purchased for around 2-3000 RMB. Electric bikes require a number plate, and must meet certain requirements in order to obtain a plate. Generally they cannot be too big or fast. So when you buy one talk to the shop to ensure they meet number plate requirements.

This is a blog created by an expat teaching English in Haikou. It contains good information about working and living in Haikou.

Where is the visa office for foreigners?
The visa office is located in the far west of Haikou city.
Opening times 办公时间
9:00-12:00 14:00-17:00

Here is a link to an article written by an expat about living in Haikou, Hainan's capital. In a sense it can could be considered an historic document since the author authenically describes the highs and lows of the now defunct old private buses.