Yalong Bay (Asian Dragon Bay)
|Yalong Bay (Asian Dragon Bay) |
With the average temperature of a pleasant 78 °F (25.5 °C) all year round, Yalong Bay is situated in the southernmost part of Hainan Province, about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) away from the tropical seaside tourist city, Sanya. The scenery is amazing, with endless rolling hills, serene gulfs, clear blue sea and silvery sand beaches - three times as long as any in Hawaii. Home to several well-preserved coral reefs with tropical fish of varied kinds, colors and shapes, the ocean here is crystal clear, allowing visitors to view underwater sights up to 10 meters (33 feet) deep from the surface.
Yalong Bay boasts the five essential elements of modern tourism: sea, sands, sunshine, lush green plants and fresh air. In 1992, the Secretary - General of the World Tourism Organization once marked that this bay embraces the unique and unparalleled natural settings, sands, crystal sea water, endless seashore, unspoiled hills and pristine vegetation, making it a paradise for holiday travelers.
Because of the unbeatable environment, Yalong Bay Resort was authorized by the State Council in 1992. The unique state-level tourist resort is characterized by its tropical ambiance - the resort holds seaside parks, deluxe villas, conference centers, top-end hotels, golf-courses and so on. In recent years, with the perfection of facilities, thousands of travelers are attracted by its unique charm to swarm to this ideal place for vacation. And it is the first choice for people who conduct conferences and matches, including the New Silk Road Model Look China representing the top level model contests in China.
Be sure to sample the unique seafood and don't miss specialities like the crystal and pearl ornaments. For an easier time getting to the Yalong Bay, take a taxi when you arrive in Sanya. In the resort, there are hotels, such as Gloria Resort Sanya and Horizon Resort and Spa.
How to get to Yalong Bay
2. Take a taxi to the destination. If you depart from downtown, the cost is around CNY 70. Remember you need to bargain with the driver.
Admission Fee & Opening Hours
Near the beach, there is the Ailifang Seashore Park. In the centre of its square stands a Totem Pole of 89 feet (about 27 meters), on which the God of Sun, and Gods of Wind, Rain, and Thunder as well as those legendary animals such as Dragon, Phoenix, Kylin and Fish are engraved. The design of this square embodies the Chinese civilization of 5,000 years and has received recognition in winning the Luban Prize - awarded to the top level design of architecture in China.
The Shell Hall is another highlight in the park. With the shell as its theme, it is a comprehensive exhibition hall combining exhibition and shopping. When traveling through the hall, visitors will be surrounded by natural wonders dazzling each of the senses.
In the north of park is the Butterfly Valley, which presents the most precious species of butterflies in China and other countries as well.