- Key Details
- Cultural Discoveries
- Exploration of Land and Sea
- Features Activities
- A Gourmand's Paradise
Previously known as ‘Yazhou’, which literally translates as ‘cliff state’, Sanya’s history can be traced back more than 2,000 years to the Qin Dynasty. With its remote location on Hainan Island, at the southernmost tip of the Chinese empire, the area was poetically referred to as the ‘end of the sky and the sea’ and became known as a place of exile and later as a military outpost.
This all changed in the 1980s, when Hainan Island was declared a special economic zone, opening up opportunities for rapid investment and development.
Today, Sanya has evolved into a vibrant city and a coveted destination for cosmopolitan travellers. With a climate similar to that of Hawaii, an abundance of tropical flora and fauna, turquoise waters and stretches of white sandy beach, it is easy to see why this southern city has achieved such popularity. Any luxury a traveller might desire is readily available and, despite the increase of international visitors, Sanya retains much of its original beauty and natural allure.
Sanya is China’s most popular beach destination. Covering an area of nearly 2,000 square kilometres, it offers long stretches of coastal splendour, including six picturesque bays. Surrounded on three sides by mountains, the highest point is Luhuitou Peak Park, from which you can experience unparalleled vistas of the glittering South China Sea. Forty smaller islands lying off the coastline also make up Sanya City, including the rural and lush landscape of West Maozhou Island – a popular destination for eco-tours.
Much of Sanya’s cultural richness comes from its diverse ethnic makeup. The three principle ethnic groups are the Li, who are thought to be the island’s original inhabitants, the Miao, who migrated from Guangxi province, and the Hui. All three have their own distinctive styles of dress, crafts and dialects, however, the groups have coexisted peacefully for generations. Experience these unique cultures up close by taking a walk amidst the bustling street food stalls, or step inside one of the many popular beauty salons or barber shops, where the locals come to gossip.
Sanya’s tropical climate means that it boasts warm weather year round. The ideal time to visit is between October and April, when the temperature is a balmy 21-26°C and rainfall is minimal. May to September is hot and humid (with temperatures ranging from 27-32°C) and can be hit by heavy monsoon rains.
China’s national currency is the Renminbi. Foreign visitors are advised to bring travellers’ cheques to exchange at local banks or hotels. Most international hotels will also accept international credit or bank cards, and it is also possible to withdraw cash at some ATMs using an international card. Note that small local establishments such as restaurants will generally only accept cash.
Sanya is a very safe and modern city with low incidences of petty crime. As with most destinations though, travellers are advised to pay close attention to their valuables and are recommended to book official tourism services, excursions, tours and restaurant via the hotel concierge.
There are several major hospitals in Sanya (listed below) with modern facilities equipped to deal with any medical problems.
-The People’s Hospital of Sanya
32 Jiefangsan Lu, Sanya City
-Hainan Nongken Hospital of Sanya
Jiefangsan Lu, Sanya City
-The PLA 425 Hospital
Youyi Lu, Sanya City
-Chinese Medicine Hospital of Sanya
ER Huan Lu, Sanya City
-Yuehai Hospital subordinated to Guangzhou Chinese Medicine University
63 Yuya Lu, Sanya City