Sanya Travel Guide

Sanya Travel Guide

Sanya Map Sanya is situated on the southernmost tip of Hainan Province. The location between 180°9′ and 18°37′ latitude gives it the tropical monsoon climate. Covering an area of 1919.58 square kilometers (about 741 square miles) with 209.1 kilometers (about 130 miles) long coastline, this coastal city 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, it 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.

Citizen from 59 qualifying nations is exempted from Chinese visa if he or she is received by a travel agencies in Hainan Province and has 30 days visa-free entry to Hainan.

For most travelers, Sanya is a noted tourist resort with mountains, rivers and the best seaview. 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 city 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 BayDadonghai and Yalong Bay 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 there becoming a wonderful place to appreciate the various cultures of China. In Binglanggu Li & Miao Cultural Heritage Park and Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Tourism Zone, you can fully experience local ethnic customs.

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Along with the developing economy of this region, this wonderful city 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.

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Sanya Travel Tips

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. With good quality, star-rated hotels and reasonable hostels distributed everywhere in the city and waiting for you, there is no need to worry about accommodation.
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- Last modified on Dec. 28, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Sanya Travel
Asked by Anant from INDIA | Dec. 27, 2018 17:36Reply
Am planning to visit Sanya this new year?
Wanted to go around a couple of places and see the culture of Sanya and look for veg food preference. Also what are the budgeted places to stay around.
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Answered by Brayden from CANADA | Dec. 28, 2018 18:28

You are advised to stay at Dadonghai Area and Sanya Bay. The surrounding transportation is convenient. And you can also find some homestay instead of hotel.
Asked by Shalini from INDIA | Sep. 30, 2018 23:54Reply
Are there vegetarian option in Sanya?
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Answered by Aaron from USA | Oct. 08, 2018 01:25

Yes, there are delicious vegetarian restaurants, such as vegetarian food in Nanshan Temple, which lies in Nanshan Buddhist Culture Garden, 40 kms west of Sanya City, Hainan Province; and Pure Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant at no.53, Xinjian Street, Shengli Road, Jiyang District.
Asked by Kathy from USA | Sep. 24, 2018 17:31Reply
Arrive Sanya on ship Jan. 31, 2019. Weather?
Only there for several hours. 10am-6pm. What best to see, do eat!
Take tour or walk around on our own? If tour, please recommend.
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Answered by Ray from GERMANY | Sep. 24, 2018 19:45

According to the former weather condition, the temperature may be around 20C. You need to take a thin coat.
As for places to go, you may go to Nanshan Tourism Area. You can also find many local dishes and snacks in the scenic area.
Enjoy your time!
Answered by Johnny from CHINA | Sep. 27, 2018 18:57

Seafood is good in this place. Best restaurants in my opinion are near Mingzhu square on Hexi road (West road). Go to one of those which are opposite the Chunyuan Seafood square. All these places have been there ages. Yes simple restaurants, but taste is good & price value is good.

All fishes, crabs and mussels are alive in tanks. Pick what you like and check when they measure the weight. Be careful to understand how much the cost is (they can show you cost with calculator or use piece of paper as English skills are non existing of course). They often may use price per 500 grams. If you prefer your food not steamed then you need to have that instruction in Chinese (in piece of paper) to make them to get this point (e.g. fried grouper).
Answered by Pam from USA | Oct. 20, 2018 10:26

We will be there the same day, traveling on the Westerdam
Asked by KM from NORWAY | Mar. 21, 2018 15:19Reply
Hi, we are considering traveling to Hainan in December(19th) an stay for 2 weeks
we are a family of 5 3 children age(5,7,13), we are looking to mostly enjoy the beach, and take hikes where it is possible.
We would prefer to stay out of the busiest areas, but still have the option of restaurants etc-
in which area pf the Island do you recommend we stay?
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Answered by Kayla from GERMANY | Mar. 21, 2018 20:44

Hi, KM! I happen to know a great place! Houhai Village, which is located between Yalong Bay and Haitang Bay. Besides, the ferry to Wuzhizhou Island sets off from here. There are much fewer visitors than in those popular attractions and not short of delicious local foods!
Answered by Brama from SINGAPORE | Oct. 07, 2018 00:55

Yalong Bay is best. 7 kilometer long beach and at central Yalong bay you have plenty of local restaurants (near MGM hotel), fast food (pizza, burgers) and supermarkets. Beach and sea are clean in Yalong bay. The 30 kilometer distance from city ensures less crowds and more peaceful holiday. It only takes 40 minutes to downtown.

If you want to save money then I would advise doing all the shopping in downtown around Jiefang and Sanya Hexi roads. Cost for basic items can be half of the Yalong bay supermarkets (or restaurants).
Asked by TRIVOLI | Mar. 06, 2018 23:19Reply
Hotel Recommendation
Hi Hi,

I have the intention to visit the following place
Could you advise a central area to stay in Sanya that makes traveling easier

Dongtian Park
Nan Shan Si
Haitang Bay Duty Free Shopping Center
Luhuitou peak park
Phoenix Park
Tian Ya Hai Jiao
Sanya Orchid World
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Answered by Liela from USA | Mar. 07, 2018 21:08

Well, you are suggested to live near SY Railway Station, and lots of hotels are for your choice.

Then, for the places you want to go, I’d like to give you some advice.
Bus 55 from the train station can take you to Tianya Haijiao, (Lanhua Shijie) Orchid Park and Nanshan. Both Dongtian Park and Nanshan Temple are located in the Nanshan Scenic Area.

Luhuitou and Phoenix Park are not far, and you can take bus 54 to Luhuitou, then catch a taxi to the park.

As for the shopping center, you can take bus 33 or 35 to Haitangwan Mianshui Guangchang.
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