Hainan is a tropical island located underneath China, like an egg under a giant chicken. Formerly a colony for political prisoners, it is the newest and southernmost of China's provinces. Within the last twenty years, Hainan has grown from an underdeveloped, rural backwoods to a lively tourist island with large cities, fast trains, and a cohesive highway system.

The capital and largest city on Hainan is Haikou, in the north of the island, where the IEEA is based. Haikou is a modern city with large supermarkets, an international food store, multiple Starbucks, and several American fast food chains, including KFC, McDonalds, and Pizza Hut. Sanya is the other major city. Sometimes referred to as "The End of the World," it is on the southernmost point of the island and is popular with Russian tourists looking for a bit of winter sun.