As part of its Hainan free-trade port plan, China is rolling out a host of preferential policies to help the island capitalise on the growing medical tourism market.

Reinvigorating Hainan’s shopping centres and slashing duty-free limits on the island are part of a plan by China to tempt its army of shopping tourists to spend at home.

Some investors and locals in Hainan are taking a wait-and-see approach towards a new free-trade port plan, wary Beijing’s promises may not translate into real rewards.