NASA’s Aqua satellite and Japan’s Himawari 8 captured Hainan Island, China. Haian belongs to subtropical to tropical climate and cumulonimbus clouds are frequently seen building up during the afternoon.

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Hainan is 300km(east-west) and 180km(north-south) long, and the highest point is 1,840m Wuzhi Mountain, with 8 million population. The Li people, a Kra–Dai-speaking ethnic group, are native to the island and are a significant minority group in the province, comprising 15% of the population. Northern Hainan, including the island’s capital Haikou, has a humid subtropical climate, while most of the rest of the island has a tropical monsoon climate with warmer annual temperatures the further south a location is. Hainan’s economy is predominantly agricultural, and more than a half of the island’s exports are agricultural products. In 2009, the government of China announced that it plans to establish Hainan as an “international tourist destination” by 2020 which contributed to a surge in the province’s economy.

The local scenery on the ground is as follows.

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Credit: Wikipedia

Reference: Cloud Building Over Hainan (NASA Earth Observatory)
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