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Sanya is the second largest city on Hainan Island . The whole of Sanya is related to the sea. Here you can enjoy a unique tropical oceanic landscape that is totally different from the other cities of China. Yalong Bay, Dadonghai , and Sanya Bay , all golden seaboards of Sanya are some of the first choices for visitors to spend their holidays. The best time to visit Hainan Island is between September and March the next year.

Sanya is an important political, economic, cultural and foreign trade port in the southern part of Hainan, China, and also a famous coastal tourist city filled with tropical landscapes and local customs. Since Sanya is situated in the southernmost part of China, she has been called "theremotest cape of the earth" since ancient time.

The region of Sanya has a long history of human development. There were discoveries of cultural relics of the Old Stone Age. Ancient Persian tombs were found along the coast.

Sanya region was called Ahuya Prefecture in the western Han dynasty, later changed to Linzhen Prefecture in the Sui Dynasty, Zhen Zhou in the Tang dynasty, Ya Zhou in the Song Dynasty, Ya County in 1920 and Sanya City in 1984.

Sanya is situated on the southernmost tip of Hainan Province, lying between 1809′ and 1837′ latitude giving it the tropical monsoon climate of this region. Covering an area of 1919.58 square kilometers (about 741 square miles) with 209.1 kilometers (about 130 miles) long coastline, Sanya has many natural advantages. Possessing a number of excellent harbors, Sanya is an important port for import and export of trade with foreign countries. Therefore, Sanya is also named the 'South Gate of China' to stress its importance while it plays a vital role in the life of the southern part of China in areas of the economy and politics to transportation.

However, for most visitors, Sanya is a noted tourist resort with mountains, sea, river and city. The favorable climate is hot in summer but warm in the three other seasons so attracting large numbers of followers from both home and abroad every year. The whole of Sanya is related to the sea. Here you can enjoy a unique tropical oceanic landscape that is totally different from the other provinces of China. Sanya Bay, Yalong Bay and Dadonghai, all golden seaboards of Sanya, are some of the first choices for visitors to spend their holidays. Instead of a busy and exhausting journey, you can relax totally here by strolling along the beaches and breathing the fresh air. If you are an enthusiast of exciting water activities, Wuzhizhou Island is your place to challenge the mysterious and changing sea. Additionally more than 20 ethnic groups including Han, Li, Miao, Hui inhabit Sanya becoming a wonderful place to appreciate the various cultures of China.

Tasting the local dishes is a must on your journey. Sanya never shirks in its efforts to entertain its guests with a variety of seafood and delicious tropical fruits all the year round. Both of the star-rated hotels and a number of roadside booths serve the freshest seafood. Shopping is also a must on your journey, so don't forget to choose some sea products and beautiful decorations for you or your friends and relatives back home.

Along with the developing economy of this region, Sanya has become much easier for visitors to reach where domestic and international flights can take you in the shortest time. A journey by train and ship will take you a little more time but give you more opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty around you. With good quality, star-rated hotels and reasonable hostels distributed everywhere in Sanya and waiting for you, there is no need to worry about accommodation.

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The Sanya ancient name is cliff state, the history is glorious, well-established. In March, 1992 the archaeologist started to discover 10,000 year ago Sanya person ruins in the Luobi hole, Take the history of Hainan human before two or three thousands, It is the earliest humanity live ruins are ahead of time at the present known of Hainan Island, also was our country paleolith culture distribution most south ruins until now; Area the coast also discovers the ancient Persian's grave group.

As early as in Chin Shihhuang time establishment south three county, the cliff state is one of them elephant county. The Han Dynasty set up the bead cliff county in the present Sanya cliff cities to govern, Sui dynasty set up the Zhen county, the Tang Dynasty changes to the Zhen state. Song Dynasty becomes the most south tip of place level scale state county in our country. Because it is far away the imperial capital, orphaned hangs the overseas, Sanya continuously is called since the ancient times "the ends of the earth". Therefore Sanya is censures the official to exile place of the government official exile since the ancient times.

In 1912, the cliff state changed to cliff county, in 1950 April cliff county is liberated, established the county people's government, in 1954 October the Chinese Communist Party cliff county \ party committee, the county government and the directly subordinate organ moved to Sanya from the cliff city. In 1958 with the Baoting, the lingshui and the wanning prosperous Niulou area merge for cliff county (big county), In 1959, 1961 separated successively, establishment the Baoting, Lingshui County. Cliff county retains presently governs the region. On May 19, 1984 authorized by economy State Council to abolish Cilff county to set up Sanya city (county level). On September 26, 1987, State Council authorized Sanya to promote for locally administered level. On December 30, the Sanya locally administered level officially had been established in the same year, license work.

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Located at the southern tip of Hainan Island and to the east of Vietnam, Sanya City is the second largest city in Hainan Isalnd covering an area of 1.919 sq. m with a population of 481,200 and having 19 bays and over 40 islets lying along a 209 kilometers coast line.

Sanya has been eulogized as "the Hawaii of the East". Originally considered by the Chinese to be the place where the civilized world officially ended and fit only to send convicts, the Hainan of today is conversely overrun with Chinese and foreign tourists and espoused by many as China's idyllic island paradise.

Sanya has multiple air line and sea routes based at the Phoenix Internaional Airport and the Sanya Port respectively. It is only one hour flight from Hong Kong and Guangzhou, 2.5 hours flight from Shanghai, 3.5 hours flight from Beijing and 6 hours flight from Japan and Korea. In recent years, more and more foreign tourists come to Sanya to spend their tropical vacations.

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Sanya is a place where flowers remain in bloom throughout the year. Here the tropical climate blends with the clear, fresh air to create a vacationer's paradise, regardless of the season! The average temperature in Sanya is 25C (about 77F), with temperatures typically climaxing in June (when they often reach 95F). The warm weather remains throughout the winter months.

The average temperature of spring (March to May) is about 20C (68F), when a short-sleeved shirt and skirt or pants is enough at the day. However, be prepared to wear more in the morning and the night, which will be slightly colder. There is a little bit hot and humid in summer (May to November), which averages a temperature of 26C (about 79F). A short-sleeved shirt and skirt or pants is also ok at this season, if you forget to take these things; it is quite cheap to buy one at CNY15-CNY20 there in the small market. If you are a diving-lover, it is strongly recommended to bring several changes of clothes with you, because once your clothes are washed, they won't dry quickly due to the humid weather. Typhoons occasionally occur during this season, so take rain wear with you.

In autumn (November to December), both the humidity and the temperature take a slightly fall. Long-sleeved shirts and sweaters are advised to wear at this season. If you travel in November, you will encounter the national wedding celebration luckily which may be a valuable experience of your traveling. The winter average temperature is 27C (about 80F). Possessing a cool and comfortable weather, it is the perfect time for beach activities. In spite of the cold winter in other places, here you can still wear your sandals and T-shirt, roaming the seaside under the enjoyable sunshine. All four seasons are open to diving- even winter, but as the temperature of the sea is a little bit lower on winter mornings, it is advisable to dive between 11:00-15:00.

The solar radiation of Sanya at any time is quite damaging, so make sure to take sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat with you. Mosquito repellant is also advisable.

Detailed information about the Average, Maximun and Minimum Temperatures and the rainfall in Sanya.

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Culture and Arts

Sanya is home to quite a number of nationalities, there are over 20 nationalities living in compact communities. Li and Miao are the two largest ethnic groups. Li is regarded as the aborigines of Hainan Island, majority of which live in compact community in mountainous area with their own language. Li is a vigorous minority boasting brilliant arts, dance and music, unparalleled dyeing and weaving talent. With the development of Hainan tourist industry, their ancient culture is opened to the outside world.

The long history and the multiple inhabitations have cultivated a colorful folk culture and art, while they have also developed rich local handicrafts and religious culture. Sanya's local culture and art consist of fairy tales, legends, folk dances, folk music, sculpture, gardening, religion and handicrafts. Every piece of the local folk culture and art can be a wonder and a surprise.

Sanya's folk weaving has been enjoying a long history and well known either home or abroad. It includes roughly the cloth weaving and the bamboo weaving. Cloth weaving is represented by cotton weaving by Li covers, bags and skirts, all known for elaborate patterns and colorful figures. Bamboo strips need be processed in many operations including scraping and polish before they can be woven into delicate handicrafts of different shapes serving different purposes.

Sanya's folk art represented by songs and dances of Li people and Miao people. Their dancing poses all originated from the basic motions for hunting and farming while the accompanying melodies all originated from local folk ballads.

Li people and Miao people enjoy singing and dancing very much. Upon an abundant harvest the Spring Festival or the "Lunar March 3 Festival", people with all their whole families gather in an opens field next to their villages, lighting up torches and dancing with accompaniment of gongs in various formations such as "deer hunting", "turning-back deer" or "coco shell". A dance named "Jumping over Bamboo" was listed by the nation as immateriality cultural heritage.

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Mediterranean Restaurant

The new restaurant is called "Mediterranean Restaurant". It offers authentic food from the Mediterranean countries: Italian pizza and pasta, Spanish tapas, Greek grilled meat and barbeque fish, Arabic sauces and spices, Turkish desserts and so on...

It also has choice of vegetarian dishes and a non-smoking area.

Drinks menu is equally extensive, encompassing fruit juices, teas, Italian coffee and cappuccino, imported beers, international cocktails and a wine list offering fine wines from French, Italy and Spain.

The decor is also in Mediterranean style, with an Arabic entrance gate and white-washed low walls like in the Greek islands.

A whole section of the restaurant is furnished with colorful sofas and transparent tapestries and it represents our shisha and cocktails lounge: a place to relax after the meal or to drink in the company of friends, listening to good music and maybe smoking one of our Arabic water pipes (shisha).

Different food selections from Mainland China

The wonderful Dongbei cooking from northwest China is very popular with its special dumplings and hand-made pasta. The unique dumplings are like none other in China - stuffed with eggs, shrimp, pork, beef and wild mountain vegetables. Some of Sanya''s best Dongbeiren (Northeast People) restaurants include Dongbei Ren, Jiao Zi Wang and Dongbei Jiao Zi Cheng.

Sanya also has a unique type of vegetarian cooking that originates from the Longhua Buddhist Temple in Shanghai. It uses local fruits, flowers and sea vegetables. Visit the Yuanqi Mansion Restaurant in the Nanshan Cultural Tourism zone for a large variety of these vegetarian dishes.

Minority cuisine

Specialties of the Li and Miao people include bamboo rice and coconut soup.Also from the Li, come unique Wuzhi mountain specialties featuring organic vegetables, wild duck and “five feet” pig. Hui Minority people living in Phoenix town offer different taste of beef and mutton. It is said that the Huis are the offspring of Arabs from the 16th century who did business along the Water Silk Road from Quanzhou. They married the local Li people but retained their Muslim customs and their own cuisine.

Four famous local dishes

The most famous 4 local dishes are: Wenchang chicken from Wenchang city which is known for its tender meat and succulent bone marrow; Dongshan lamb or mutton named after Dongshan Mountain; Jiaji duck from Qionghai city with a special ginger, soy and pepper sauce; and Hele Crab from Wenchang city, which is best served steamed to retain its fresh flavor. There are several good examples of restaurants serving these specialties in Sanya.

Seafood Hotpot

The open-air seafood hotpot restaurants are crowed with a lot of local people in the evening. During the day, fishermen and shellfish collectors make their rounds with fresh catches and as the sun goes down, you will see these scrumptious offerings on display. A delicious array of sauces is offered along with a plentiful supply of beer

International cuisine

Beside local delicacies, many foreign foods are available. Each of the resorts in Yalong Bay has their offerings of international cuisine. All the five-star hotels such as?Sheraton, Marriott, Gloria, Holiday Inn, Golden Palm, Horizon, Hilton and Mangrove Tree have international restaurants. For Thailand food, go to Mangrove Tree, for Korea food, go to Horizon Resort, for?Japanese food go to Crowe plaza resort or Marriott Resort.

Explore Hainan, find the authentic local specialties. There are many kinds of snacks on this tropical island such as coconut soup, glutinous rice made cakes, different kinds of rice noodles, snails and sweet potato etc.

Hainan Baoluo Rice Noodle
Hainan Baoluo Rice Noodle is one of the most popular food for local people. It is very delicious with many kinds of ingredient in it like peanut, beef and vegetables.

Sour Rice Noodle
The sour rice noodle is popular in Lingshui County which is one hour driving from Sanya. Locals have this their breakfast

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Sea Urchin
Sea Urchin can be in different shapes such as ball shape, half-ball shape and heart shape. Cut off a part of sea urchin, and fill it with scrambled egg, then steam the staffed urchin, serve it when it is ready.

Seafood porridge
The porridge cooked with seafood is very popular especially for late supper.

Hainan Rice Noodle
Hainan Rice Noodle is different from Hainan Baoluo Noodle as it is smaller in strips with different seasonings. Many local people also have it as their breakfast with some peanuts and garlic.

Try it when it is hot, very delicious, but very expensive. When we think some one had a very expensive meal, we will ask: so you had Abalone and Lobster

Nanshan Vegetarian Food
All Buddhism nuns and monk eat only vegetarian food, so you could try best of them in Nanshan Buddhism culture center.

You can order the fried mussel with garlic or steamed ones with garlic.

Popular way to cook is to make soup with Clam which is good especially in hot and humidity weather

Wenchang Chicken
Maybe this is the most well known dish in Hainan Island. You could also find it in Singapore, Malaysia where a lot of hainan people living. The meet is very tender. Best way is to boil, then serve with a special sauce made of ginger, soysauce, garlic etc. You must try it in Sanya Hainan Island during your stay. You will find in most of the hotels and local restaurants

Xiangba Mussel
The mussel produced in Hainan is much bigger. The best way is to steam with garlic.

Fried Prawn
The deep fried prawns are served with pepper salt. It is very crispy; you can eat all with the skin.

Very tender. It is a very elegant dish. The most popular way to cook is to steam with garlic.

Dongshan Lamb
Dongshan Lamb is one of four famous Hainan dishes named after the producing area Dongshan Mountain, Wanning City. The local people cook the lamb in two ways: Braise or deep fry.

Hele Crab
Hele crab, which is named after Hele Town in Qionghai, is one of the four most well-known local specialties in Hainan. The most popular two ways to cook it are: stir-frying with ginger and spring onion, or just boil and then eat with sauce mixed of soy sauce and garlic.

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Sanya as one of the most popular tourist destinations, here has everything to offer to you. Several supermarkets are just around the corner. Summer Mall is the biggest one supermarket in Dadonghai area. One-pro Supermarket, Yifang (一方) Supermarket, Wanghao (旺豪)Supermarket and Tianhong (天鸿) Supermarket are on Jiefang No. 1 Rd. downtown area. Like other tourists, you might be bombarded by the sea of various kinds of products, souvenirs and tropical specialties. Your first impression may be “see it, buy it.” No matter where you go or what you buy, whether in street stalls or specialty shops, remember to bring your hard bargaining face.

Pearl Products
There is no reason for despair, since the rare seawater pearl products of Sanya will delight every bit as much. From ancient times, pearls have been considered to be the best jewels for women. At present, they are also made into beautiful decorations. Furthermore, pearl powder is used by many women to maintain youth and beauty. The temperature of the ocean around Hainan is perfect for culturing both black and white pearls. You can find some high quality pearls in Sanya where the best pearls are cultivated. The diameter of the biggest pearl king is 15.5 millimeters.

When shopping for pearls, make sure they are not artificial by rubbing them together or on the glass, the real pearl will leave some powder on the rubbing contact, but when you wipe away the powder, they are still smooth and radiant, without a bad sign left behind.

Crystal Products
Sanya also prides itself on its beautiful, luminous crystal. Crystals have mysterious properties that can calm your nerves, improve your memory and health, and bring you luck. Most crystal products are smelted with crystal ore at a temperature of 3,500℃ and are similar to natural quality. Beware however of man-made crystals made using lead that could be harmful to your health.

There are a number of ways to distinguish between man-made and natural crystals. Natural crystal can cut glass while man-made crystal cannot; natural crystal is cool and comfortable when you lick it; you can see double when you put a strand of hair under a natural crystal, due to its refractive properties, but this does not work with man-made crystal.

Specialty Local Products
If you want to return with the smell of Hainan and Sanya, Hainan specialties are something definitely can't miss. Sanya offers a big collection of Hainan specialty local products like coffee, kidney fruit, coconut pancake, coconut powder…to name just a few. The products are of high quality and cost-effective, deeply favored by the visitors.

Additionally, both locals and visitors especially appreciate various tropical fruits offered in Sanya. Small banana, guava, durian, mangosteen, wampee, litchi, procession of lanterns or torches fruit, carambola, jackfruit and the most beautiful rose apple are delicious fruits to buy and sample.

Tropical Accessory Shops
Sanya offers so many shell ornaments: earrings, key chains, hair clips, rings etc., at meanwhile, with its abundance of coconut trees, handicrafts, tableware and other household items of coconut-crust carving are very popular in Sanya. A large array of products are available for even the most choosy customers, some of whom may want to take everything home as making the choice is really difficult.

Surrounded by blue water on three sides, the city teems with a multitude of sea products that make wonderful souvenirs and gifts for friends and relatives. Varieties of seashells and spiral shells in unique forms and multiple colors, some of which are natural crafts like tiger spots, white jade, nocti-light, swine shells, pearl shells, virgin shells, crown shells, septangular shells, swine ears, horse hoof that can be used for astray and big-angle shells used for clarions by the fishermen. You can buy pretty decorations and handicrafts made of shells or trumpet shells: a gift from the sea. Perhaps, however, it is more diverting to pick up some unique shells and trumpet shells along the beautiful beaches of Sanya by yourself.

Hainan Island Wears
Other than the bronze-colored skin, the cotton-made island wears fully adorned with colorful fittings made of coconut shell, seashells, corals and tropical fishes can tell you have been in Sanya, and the products are as well good presents for friends and families. Combine this with a pair of comfortable beach shoes, and your stay will be much more comfortable. Hainan island wears is not only favored by tourists, but a must in presence of all official meetings in Hainan, takes lead in the trend to Hainan fashion. Hainan island wears are available at all scenic spots, hotels and monopolized counters of Sanya.

Li Brocades
Li ethnic brocades is a wonder of cultural heritage in the history of China. It was called " Jibei Cloth" in ancient times, made of kapok plumule with diverse patterns. Li's traditional weaving craftwork boasts a history of over 3000 years, was widely known as early as in Spring and Autumn Festival, is the earliest cotton-made product of China.

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Sanya as the only tropical city in China, it boasts rich ocean resources enriching numerous tropical and colorful fish. The blue sky, cerulean seawater, and gentle breeze enable a comfortable and nice far-sea fishing trip. There are many places for fishing, to name of some:

East Islet
It is 8 sea mile from Sanya. It has two ideal areas for fishing: the first is in northwest, 800 meter off the islet. The water is as deep as 13-16 meters. There are plentiful of corals and various kinds of fish; the second is in the southwest, 1.5 sea miles off the islet, as the depth of seawater can reach up to 15-30 meter. Beside the beautiful corals, here also a place for big-size fish, the most common fish here includes: rock fish, green wrasse, sea bream, red fish, parrot fish etc.

West Islet 
It is 3 sea miles, west to the East Islet, also named Daimao Islet. 1 sea mile to the southwest, there is a huge plot of rock formation underwater, where the various kinds of fish are swimming freely back and forth. It is also a good breeding place for rock fish, sea bream, parrot fish, green wrasse, Golden-thread fish (red coat), elephant fish and many unknown fish.

Dadonghai and Xiaodonghai 
They are the coral protection areas at state level. As the coral reef setting again deer hill, it is a good place for night fishing. During the moon-lit night, you can get various kinds of fish, such as golden scale fish and squirrel fish etc.

Liudaowan Bay
It is 20 sea mile away from Sanya city, a good place for offshore fishing. The seawater is as deep as 40-50 meters with the seabed dotted with huge and rugged reefs. The place seldom reached by the fishing men or outsiders, so the fish can be nourished naturally without affects of human being’s activities. Due to the disturbance of ocean current, each moth only has 8-10 days good for fishing.

Sanya International Olympics Shooting Center

Located in Hongsha, Sanya, Olympics Shooting & Entertainment Center is only 5 minutes drive from Donghai Bay and 15 minutes from downtown, and 20 minutes from Yalong Bay. Backing the mountain and facing the sea, it is the biggest and most comprehensive shooting center in Southeast Asian at present. It not only focuses on Ball-firing, but also provides a pleasant environment for dinning and shopping. The shooting gallery has in all 14 shooting drones, standard 100-metre military training target and various kinds of light and heavy weapons made home and abroad. All this facilities will add satisfaction and excitement to your romantic tropical tours.

Modern Cinema in Sanya

Sanya Cinema in Mingzhu Square is built up to the 5-star standards. If you are happen to know Chinese language or learning Chinese, it is a good place for entertainment and mastering Chinese language. At present there are two cinemas in Sanya, oneis Minzhu Square Cinema, and another one also on the same street with Mingzhu Square Cinema, but old one with poor conditions and facilities. In Mingzhu Square, you could enjoy the up-to-date hi-tech film product with SRD/EX6. A lot of foreign movies are introduced to China such as Spanish movie: La Mujer Mas Fea Del Mundo; American movie: Cold Harvest; Hollywood movie: X-man: The Last Stand; and Chinese movie ROB-B-HOOD stared by Jack Chen.

Heaven Spa
The spa provides you with a robe, slippers, so that you can take a soothing relaxing shower in your private spa room before treatment. Most of the body treatments are enjoyed without clothing or with underwear if you prefer.

The therapists are specially trained and drape sheets discreetly over any area of the body not involved in the treatment and to respect your privacy at all times. Enjoy the famous Mandarin Spa stretching for complete relaxation body and mind renewal, easing your muscle tension and stimulating circulation feeling that you are in the heaven.

Yalong Bay Scuba Diving, Dadonghai Scuba Diving, PADI Diving Course Training

Scuba diving is Sanya’s most popular water sport and as it boasts the most beautiful dive sites in the China – the water is clear, sea life plentiful, transport and accommodation readily available and instruction to a very high standard. Diving is available at all times of the year, although visibility changes according to the season. In the Yalong Bay , the best time to dive is from April to October. Almost all the water sports centers are affiliated with Red Coral International Water Sport Center . To explore the underwater world and see the ocean creations: lobsters, sea urchins, hermit crabs, starfish, kelp and more, just join them.

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Flying from east to the west, drawing a bird view from the sky before landing on it, Sanya is like a beautiful tapestry emerging from the nature.

If you just want to have sunbathe and enjoy the near perfect weather, you won't leave disappointed. But with a clear blue sea on the doorstep and lush green mountains as a backdrop, Sanya offers so many unique sightseeing, and attractions so that visitors are never short of places to see and visit. This is a city gets inspired everywhere: Unforgettable natural wonders, historic sites, local arts, culture, and entertainment. Also there are many other attractions on Hainan Island that you can visit while in Sanya.

West Island

West Island is shaped like a hawksbill, which is like a turtle living in tropical area. It is the largest of a series of small islands located off of Sanya. Home to fishing tribes for generations, its idyllic surroundings of sandy beaches, rocky coves, and an interior filled with palm trees are now being discovered by domestic and foreign tourists alike.

West Island is one of destination in Hainan for diving and water sports. Located 8 miles off the coast, the island offers every kind of diversion for those with an active lifestyle. Feel like diving? West Island boasts crystal clear waters with a wide array of marine life and extensive coral reefs to explore. Want an adrenaline rush? Para-sailing, jet-skiing, and four-wheeling on beach ATVs are all available to test your mettle. Just want to relax? Take a break in the shade of the coconut trees, enjoy the tropical breeze, and savor the freshest of seafood at one of the island's restaurants.

In addition to water sports, visitors to West Island can enjoy salt-water pool, camping and barbecue facilities, or test their aim on archery range. Diving instructors are internationally (PADI) certified, and offer a full range of equipment for rental. Scuba excursions are available from shore or by boat.

Speedboats for the 10 minutes trip to West Island depart regularly from Sanya Harbor and are available morning to evening.

West Island has a wide array of souvenirs to bring home for family and friends. Chose from exotic seashells, beautiful coral pieces or minority handicrafts.

Monkey Island

Situated south of Lingshui County, Nanwan Monkey Island is the only tropical island-type nature reserve for macaques – a state protected animal in China. The island boasts of so many special sites, such as the longest transoceanic ropeway in China, the charming coconut palms, the enchanting sand beach, the natural bathing place, multicolored coral reefs, and the unique fishing rafts, as well as being the monkey' paradise.

Riding the longest oversea ropeway, which is 2138 meters (7014 feet) long at the speed of 6 meters per second, you will be delighted to find that you have a wonderful view of the ocean, the neatly placed fishing rafts by the bank and the thick chains of mountains on the island with the birds gently singing and the monkeys' shouts reverberating around your ears. Soon the mythical monkey island unfolds his arms in front of you.

Passing through a vegetation corridor, you will be amazed to find seven or eight macaques standing in a line along the path holding triangular flags or saluting to welcome their honored guests. Some naughty ones are wandering with their flags in their hands, and even some are imitating their visitors' odd ways of walking. you will see young monkeys chase and fight with each other, and a stout one jump into a pond from quite a tall tree with an excellent 360-degree turn in the air. What perfect spray he has made that only a master sportsman could make! Not only is their jumping skill masterful, but also their swimming technique is quite superb. In the pond, some of them dive, some swim freestyle, and even some do the breaststroke. While watching, you will be amused and amazed, and you won't be able to help yourself applauding and clapping for them. In addition, you will enjoy yourself with the displays given by the monkeys in the circus performances. If you wish, you can take photos with these cute monkeys and play with them. However, one must remember not to wear red clothes in order to avoid the naughty monkeys who might be annoyed with you, and be careful when feeding them.

Built in 1965, the nature reserve has more than 2000 monkeys now. Because of the wild environment, the variety of plants and fruits, and numerous grottos, the island is regarded as the perfect paradise for monkeys.Put the monkey island on your itinerary, and you will be rewarded with a lot of fun and pleasure.

Tianya Haijiao

Tianya Haijiao, also be interpreted as The Edge of the Sky and The End of the Sea, means the remotest corner of the earth, is undoubtedly Sanya's most famous scenic spot and the highlight for almost every visitors. Not only for the spectacular beaches and expansive ocean view, but its outstanding title and rich history, for its title is a set phrase in Chinese that brings profound poetic allusions with. In the past, the phrase was suggesting an unattainable place. From Song to Qing Dynasty, Officials out-of-favour with emperor were banished here due to the remoteness of the cape from Beijing.

Located about 20 km west of Sanya City, the cape is a perfect harmonization of nature's palette, with bleached white sands, turquoise seas, deep blue skies and lush green hills. Rising over the beach is an ancient rock formation inscribed with Chinese characters meaning "The Edge of the Sky" written by Chengzhe, the chief magistrate of Yazhou Prefecture in the Qing Dynasty. Another inscription nearby reads "The End of the Sea".

There is a romantic Romeo and Juliet story about these two stones. In ancient times, two young lovers eloped when their parents disapproved of their marriage. Unfortunately, when they arrived in Hainan, agents, sent by their parents, were also there. Facing the sea, they had no escape. They were so sad that they just held each other as they jumped into the sea. Suddenly, there was a thunderstorm. They were hit by lightning and changed into two stones, with the agents turned into many smaller stones around. Now people regard these two stones as symbols of eternal and faithful love. Because of this beautiful and romantic story many young lovers choose this place for their wedding ceremony.

Besides the stones, modern facilities can be found such as a Shopping Center, the Li Ethnic Group Village and a Celebrity Sculpture. An international wedding festival is celebrated in Tianya Haijiao every year. Around the Mid Autumn Day, there is a Lantern Festival, which adds to the special atmosphere.

Tianya Haijiao is a heaven for people who are head over heals in love, and also an ideal place for people who are deeply in love with the sea. You will definitely have fond memories after visiting this scenic spot.


Yalong Bay

"No sea deserves a look other than Sanya, no bay deserves a true bay except Yalong". Yalong Bay National Resort is situated in the same latitudes as Hawaii of the tropical monsoon area, under the nickname of "Oriental Hawaii", yet, its beach length is 2 times than that of Hawaii. Yalong Bay National Resort simply should not be missed while in Sanya.

Yalong Bay is Sanya's premier destination for fun in the sun, providing visitors with an irresistible combination of a world-class beach. Situated about 30 km east of Sanya City along a modern expressway, Yalong Bay centres on a 7 km crescent-shaped beach, features undulating green hills, calm, Clear sea and soft, unsullied sandy beach, endowed with pleasant climate in all seasons.

The crystal blue sea and visibility down to 10 metres makes Yalong Bay an ideal location for scuba divers to enjoy the undersea world with its multi-coloured coral reefs, tropical fish, seabed treasures and wild shells. The coral reefs are perfectly preserved, is where a national coral reefs reserve.

In addition to sunshine, beaches, water ports and golf, Yalong Bay is graced with odd rocks, grotesque shoals and idyllic views. For ventures of rock climbing and hiking among a wide selection of activities and attractions, within the bay there are 5 islands with Boar Island spots in the centerf, Dongzhou and Xizhou in the south, Dongpai and Xipai in the west, prime locations are Jinmu Cape and Yalong Cape. The other Attractions in Yalong Bay include the Central Square, the Sea Shell Museum and Butterfly Valley. All the elements makes Yalong Bay a national "AAAA" resort district.

Luhuitou peninsula

Luhuitou---- a touching legend

The legend goes that once upon a time, there was a Li ethnic hunter who was chasing after a deer was actually a fairy lady from the heaven, who fell in love with the Li ethnic young man and turned into a deer to seduce the young man. The deer was concerned on a cliff, below which was the boundless sea. When the Li man got his bow ready to shoot, suddenly there rise up a flash of fire, after a gust of smog the deer turned round and turned into a beautiful Li ethnic girl. The girl and the young man fell in love and married to form a happy family. The lovely legend draws uncountable tourists to Sanya to pledge their affection. Surely, you will be intoxicated in love in the gentle mountain breeze.

Each name of the scenic spots on Luhuitou is unique for distinctive style. Each name seems to carry undissolvable feelings of its own. Like the "Rose Hug", which can be interpreted as "village of love flowers" in Li dialect, also carries a thick connotation of love. This is an Eden of love, where there is a cliff stone inscription with a huge "love" on it, a vowing platform for "unchanged hearts" to tie up heart-in-heart locks. Besides, there are "lover trees", "everlasting love stone" etc. All come up together to constitute a world of love affection. On every International Wedding Festival, lovers from home and abroad would visit here to bless for everlasting love and happy marriage.

Turn-round-deer! Just in that moment of glancing back, the diligent people of Sanya have used their wisdom to make this city a glittering pearl. Staring at eyes of the deer-shaped carving in a wish to read through how deep the love was. Yes, love gets eternal in a glance back. The mountain and waters get inspired because of you and your love.

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Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone

Situated 50 kilometers from Sanya City, Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone occupying an area of 264,000 sqm, is the biggest Buddhist preaching site of China. It was completed on 12 April 1998, the 2,000th anniversary year of Buddhism coming to China.

Rated as one of the top scenic spots in China (AAAAA), Nanshan combines Buddhist culture, garden architectures, and recreational facilities with the spirit of peace, tranquility, happiness and harmony. And it must be a wise choice for visitors who wish to pay their respects to Buddhist culture while traveling in Sanya. You can also stay in the hotel situated in the grounds of the park.

The most stunning feature of the park is the 108-metre statue of the Goddess of Mercy standing out in the South China Sea, on a man-made island. The palace at the base of the statue is connected to the shore by a 280-metre bridge. The project started in 1999 and opened to the public in April 2005.

Another amazing national treasure is a 3.8-meter(13-feet) high Golden Jade Kwan-yin Statue. It is covered with 100 kg (221 pounds) of gold and silver, embedded with 120 carats of South African diamonds plus countless jewels.

Wuzhizhou Island

Wuzhizhou Island, locate in Haitang Bay, is about 30 km (18.6 miles) northeast of Sanya city, has an area of some 1.48 square kilometers (365.7 acres). With an irregular butterfly-like shape and a total coastline of 5.7 km (3.54 miles).

Wuzhizhou Island was known as Guqizhou Island in ancient times and the earliest records date from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), when a temple was built to commemorate the originator of Chinese characters, Cang Jie. Following the Qing Government's fall from power, the villagers rebuilt the temple to honor the Goddess Mazu, who bestowed good fortune on the local fishermen. From 1949 Wuzhizhou Island became an important strategic defense zone. However, from the 1990s, Wuzhizhou Island began to enjoy a completely new role as a romantic place for holiday and leisure.

Wuzhizhou Island is in a tropical marine zone, the climate is temperate and pleasant all year round. Wuzhizhou Island is an ideal place for vacation, winter swimming as well as entertainment. There are over 2,700 plant varieties on Wuzhizhou Island, including the tall trees and dense bushes. The eastern and southern parts of Wuzhizhou Island are hilly and two high mountains connect to form a peak about 79.9 meters (262 feet) high. In the west and north, the terrain is level and soft white sandbeach stretching. Protected coral reefs are rich in conches, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and various tropical fishes.

As well as Goddess Matsu Temple, there are many places of interest to visit including the Lover's Bridge, Sunrise Rock, and the Gold Turtle Stretching toward the Sea, The Sunrise Apart from these natural sites, swimming pools, bars, gymnasiums and other places of entertainment are available in the northwest part of Wuzhizhou Island. For those who love extreme sports local facilities include scuba diving, surfing, gliding, sailing and canoeing.

For those who want to spend a night on the island, Wuzhizhou Island Holiday Center offers 81 Guest Rooms with a choice of onshore or inner island Wooden Cabin, the Presidents' Villa.

Sanya Bay

Sanya Bay is inlaid by the city in the northwest of Sanya, that's why people say the whole of Sanya is related to the sea, here you can enjoy a unique tropical oceanic landscape and silvery perfect beaches as well. Sanya Bay provides the smoothest waters then other bay, most of the time, the ocean surface looks so smooth that you can help doubting if it is a boundless lake.

Instead of a busy and exhausting journey, you can relax totally here by strolling along the beaches and breathing the fresh air, two islands on the ocean will stir your sight. This is the best bay in Sanya to enjoy the sight of splendid sunset, doesn't matter hiking or cycling, it stretches 25km long, you could stop at any moment and any place you want to have the best view.

To a visitor, only here in Sanya Bay, which offers you the true scene of a fishing life artificially without fishing boat. Don't even think trawling is an easy thing, each net is up to 100 meters long so that has to take ten more or twenty more fishermen to work on it. The net is released in the afternoon and trawled up from about night drew on, which usually takes 2 hours, sometimes more, for one single trawling operation, and the catches are distributed in proportion to each participating fisherman, you can buy some of those fresh sea products from the fishermen before it sold in markets.


Dadonghai, which means Great East Sea, bears the connotation of "fortune lasts as vast and deep as East Sea", spreads in-between Mt. Bunny Tail and Mt. Luhuitou, it is a open complimentary location to the public. 3km from the downtown, accessed by No.202, No.204 bus and other special shuttle bus line, 25km from Sanya Phoenix International Airport.

With all Spring-like seasons and a 2 km crescent-shaped beach, Dadonghai is a top option for outstanding swimming, also all the water sports and beach activities are at your services.

Dadonghai Is the earliest winter hideaway of China as well as a top destination for underwater sightseeing, seawater bath and sunbath. Dadonghai was awarded the Golden Cup Prize by French Tourism Committee in 1993, and is rated as one of China's top 40 tourist attractions by the National Tourism Bureau. Simply it is a "must-see" destination for visitors to Sanya.

Dongtian park

Sanya Dongtian Park is located at the southwest corner of Mt. Nanshan . It is a scenic spot of national grade AAAA.

Blessed with wonderful view of the sea, mountain, stone and grottos, it has been developed into a scenic spot since Song Dynasty, which is over 800 years ago. Some call it "unparalleled scenic spot in Hainan ". In 1962, Guo Moruo visited the fairyland, called " the most fascinating place of south in China". The former secretary-general Jiang Zemin spent a visit to Dongtian Park and inscribed a hymn with interest " Blue Sea joins the sky at its brink, spring stays all year round in Hainan ". It is an international scenic spot with the theme of traditional Chinese culture (Taoism culture), having the seashore spot, amorous feeling of folkways, rest and vacation.

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Get in

By Air
Flying is the fastest way, 95% passengers access by air. for flights from Sanya to Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou each takes 1 hour only, Sanya to Shanghai takes two and a half hours, Sanya to Beijing takes three and half hours. Therefore, whether you choose direct flights from domestic China, or flights transit from other countries, all are very convenient.

Now, there are flights connect with 70 cities, including 31 international cities. Flight ticket price in Sanya may vary for different tourist flow seasons and time difference, but can be checked on our website conveniently, even the flight ticket changs every moment, we can still quote the Real-time flights information from / to sanya and book flights all over cities abroad in China.

Sanya Phoenix Airport is 20 km northwest away from the city. There is a highway linking the airport and the city center. You can take a taxi or shuttle bus to the city center.

By Bus
If you have enough time, or if you want to get closer to the island sight, shuttle bus is your prime choice-easy and cost-effective with broad network. There is shuttle bus heading for between Sanya and Haikou every 20minutes during 7am to 6pm while change to be every hour during 7pm to 11pm.

The distance of eastern expressway between Haikou and Sanya is about 250km, passing Qionghai, Wanning lingshui etc. along the way, deluxe bus doesn't stop during the tour while charge for RMB80, takes about 3 hours, and common bus stop by every city and country while cost lower, takes about 4-5 hours.

Besides, there are more than 20 runs between Sanya and mainland province like Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Jiangxi, etc.

By Railway
Would be good for travelers with enough time and want to see more on the way, also to experience the China's first cross-straits passenger rail link from Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, to Haikou and Sanya, Hainan island.       

By Ship

Traditional way is taking a boat from Guangdong or Guangxi province to Haikou, Hainan island, But after all, you need shift your way heading for bus station to Sanya.

To date the Sanya International Wharf Has come into use. Currently a route has been opened for Hong Kong—Sanya—Vietnam Halong Bay—Hong Kong,

Which visits Sanya at Least 6 times a month. In the future more boasts from home and abroad will disembark in Sanya. By then you can go for a voyage by taking a boat to Sanya from broad.

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Taxi Taking a taxi is the most convenient way to reach the various beaches and sights. The taxi meter start with RMB5 and 2km included, then adding RMB2 per kilometer. In the national holidays including first week of Jan., May, Oct and Chinese Spring Festival, it will be an extra fee of RMB5 for first 2km, which means the basal price will be RMB10, not RMB5 as usual.

Bus The buses will lead you to every county and region in the city as well as every scenic spot and area. In fact, apart from certain more remote destinations such as Dragon Bay, the End of The Earth, the convenient city shuttle bus is the first choice for traveling.
Shuttle Lines:
Dadonghai←→West bus station. Heading for every 5minutes (No.202 and
No.204), RMB1 per person, one stop same as whole distance.
Yalong Bay←→the End of the Earth. Heading for every 15minutes, full price is RMB12 per person, can be cut down according to the distance.
Sanya Bay←→Nanshan Tourism Zone. Heading for every 20minutes, full price is RMB10, can be cut down according to the distance.

Tour microbus For a long distance or multi-spots in one day, beside taxi, tour microbus is a good choice. This is kind of private car with a personal diver especially for touring. Usually the drivers are expert in tourism as well and for about the same cost of taxi, sometimes even less. It has a regular daily rental according to the distance of the spots you plan to go.

No matter how many spots you'll go and how long you'll take within daytime, they will be the same place where you are and keep waiting. It is the most convenient way to reach the destination.

Self-driving & Renting Cars Driving a car along the beach or in the mountain, discovering the world by your own with a map, that would be an unforgettable experience.

To hire a car needs license of course, but for a foreigner in China, who needs a Chinese consent, that's easy, applying to the local traffic police station with license you had. There is a bunch of company offers car renting service, some of them ask for RMB3000 or more deposit as the guarantee and some ask for none, at the same time ID card, return ticket are necessary as well. You needn't pay any other tax beside the rentals. The only cost is the expenses of gasoline. If you don’t have a license or don’t want to take time on getting Chinese consent, just pay extra RMB100-150 per day for a driver.                      

Bicycle A suntan is earned. For a coast road tour or short stretches of countryside, if you want more activity, get you a bicycle. All beachfront hotels offer bicycle renting service, choose one you like and get on your way with a map. Beside hotels, in Sanya Bay, Dadonghai district, take a stroll first, then you will find stores offering the same renting service as hotels, to tell you the truth, there you just pay less then half of the hotels.

Motorbike Motorbikes and three-wheel vehicles are very popular in Sanya. However, generally they are operated illegally and very dangerous. We suggest you not to choose them as your traffic tool during your trip.

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