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Top Things to Do in Sanya

Sanya is a beautiful coastal tourist city in the southernmost of Hainan as well as China. Located in low altitude, the city enjoys long duration of sunlight and a favorable climate with average temperature of 25 Celsius degree all year around. Therefore, no matter in which season, it's always a wonderful destination for tourists to go sightseeing. Cool breeze of sea makes it a summer resort; and in winter, for people who are getting rid of frozen cold in north area, it is also a wonderland to spend a cozy time. One may feel like it's already spring when wrapped by warm sunshine all day long. The high air quality is another reason for Sanya to be a paradise for going on holidays. Free from noises and skyscrapers, tourists could fully enjoy their peaceful time on the clean beach.
The coastline within Sanya stretches as long as 209.1 km. Possessing nineteen harbors and nearly forty islands of different sizes, the city is abundant in tourism resource as well as marine creatures. Yalong Bay, noted for its crystal water and white sand beach, gains extensive praises among tourists. In TianYaHaiJiao scenic spot, there are massive stones embodied specific meaning scattering over the beach. The coastal avenue Coconut-Dream Gallery, known as the first avenue in Asia, is a perfect tourist resort that combined folk culture with international fashion trend. The geothermal resources form numerous hot springs with plenty of water and beneficial trace elements. Nantian Hot Spring is the best one in Sanya.
Sanya is absolutely top choice for people catering for seafood. This coastal city has an incomparable advantage in marine creatures. There are 1,064 species of fish, 350 types of shrimps, 325 kinds of crabs and many other seafood. In Sanya, you could select fresh seafood in local markets by yourself or with the help of experienced stuff in the restaurant if you like; and then choose a specialized seafood cooking restaurant according to your own flavors. Your taste bud will be greatly satisfied by various delectable seafood. Sanya is also a paradise for varieties of fruits. No one can resist the temptation from cool taste of coconut, mango, litchi, durian, and so on, can you?
Must-see Attractions
  • Binglang Ethnic Village, one of the top 10 charming scenic areas in Hainan; it is a living museum that is concentrated on the diversified and authentic ethnic culture; local intangible cultural heritage blends perfectly with tropical natural scenery; tourists could experience the primitive lifestyle of the aboriginal Hainan People;
  • Wuzhizhou Coral Island, China's Top Diving Base; it is an optimum choice for diving buffs; the island is also known as "Lover's Island" for couples to enjoy their romantic moments; the silver beaches are with fine and soft sand; the extensive sea view could be overlooked on sun-watching rock;
  • Yalong Bay, the most beautiful beaches in China; it has been crowned as the best bay in the world for its crystal water, white beach, and tranquil ambiance; Butterfly Valley and Sanya Sea Shell Museum are near to Yalong Bay Central Square that is embraced by balmy coastline and verdant mountains.
Recommended Hotels in Sanya
Horizon Resort & Spa
Horizon Resort & Spa
#15 of 1,177 Hotels in Sanya
Yalong Bay, National Resort District, Sanya
Surroundings: Yalong Bay Scenic Area (780m), Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park (2.4km), Baihuagu Commercial Street (354m)
Cactus Resort Sanya
Cactus Resort Sanya
#17 of 1,177 Hotels in Sanya
Yalong Bay National Resort, Sanya
Hotel Management Group: Gloriahotels
Surroundings: Yalong Bay Scenic Area (980m), Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park (1.8km), Baihuagu Commercial Street (1.2km)
Recommended Restaurants in Sanya
Yiyang Chinese Restaurant in Mandarin Oriental Sanya
  • Situated on the ground floor of the major building
  • Decorated with shining and fancy ornaments
  • Serving authentic and delicious Cantonese cuisine as well as local specialties
Location: No.12 Yuhai Road (Mandarin Oriental Sanya), Sanya
Special Dishes: Wen Chang Chicken, Crispy Sliced Squid with Spice Salt, Crispy Young Pigeon, Double Boiled Tree Chicken with Betel Flower and Pepper Root, Steamed Abalone and Asparagus Roll with Crab Roe Sauce, Sautéed Prawns with Butter and Pumpkin Sauce, Snow Skin Dumpling with Cream and Mango, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY323/USD51
Royal Hainan Cuisine
  • The whole restaurant is embedded in the luxury holiday villa which is floating on the water
  • Specialized in fancy Hainanese cuisin
  • It possesses both dining hall and open area for people to enjoy the splendid night scene
Location: No.5 Holiday Villa and Residence, Yalong Bay National Resort, Sanya
Special Dishes: Chicken Rice, Wen Chang Chicken, Steamed Coconut Rice, Banana Puff Pastry, Braised Chicken and Pork Trotter, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY156/USD25
Royal Fusion
  • Decorated in European and old Shanghai style, Royal Fusion receives big praises from tourists, especially foreigners
  • Service in Royal Fusion is considerate and comfortable
  • Specialized in Hainan cuisine as well as dishes from other cities
Location: No.62 Yuya Road, Dadong Bay, Sanya
Special Dishes: Dried Beef Cubes, Steak on Lava Rock, Cheese Cake, Carb and Dough ball Soup, Crispy Chicken, Stewed Beef in Sour Soup, Boiled Fish with Pickled Cabbage and Chili, etc.
Average cost per person: CNY71/USD11
Night Shows and Entertainment
Night Tour on Sanya Bay
Night Tour on Sanya Bay
Highlights: splendid night scene in "Dream gallery of coconut"; fireworks show and parties held on the sea
Ticket price: CNY165-268/USD26-45 (vary according to seats)
Time: 19:30-20:50
Capacity: 60 seats
Get there from Horizon Resort & Spa Hotel, Sanya:
  • By bus: Take bus No. 27 at Yalong Bay Central Square Stop and get off at Guoguang Coastal Garden Stop. (35 stops)
  • By Xianguo Line Sightseeing Bus: CNY8/USD1; it takes seventy minutes. (recommended)
  • By Taxi: CNY80/USD13
Get there from Cactus Resort Sanya:
  • By bus: Take bus No. 27 at Yalong Bay Underwater World Stop and get off at Guoguang Coastal Garden Stop. (36 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY80/USD13
  • By Sightseeing bus: Take Xinguo Line sightseeing bus at Yalong Bay (CNY8/USD1); It takes seventy minutes. (recommended)
"Sanya Eternal Love" Performance at Sanya QianGuQing Scenic Spot
"Sanya Eternal Love" Performance at Sanya QianGuQing Scenic Spot
Highlights: a sumptuous show displaying history and cultural legends of Sanya; there are various wonderful spots in the scenic area
Ticket price: included in the Snaya QianGuQing admission fee (CNY250/USD42)
Time: 14:00-15:00 17:00-18:00 20:00-21:00 (daily)
Get there from Horizon Resort & Spa Hotel, Sanya:
  • By bus: Take bus No.27 at Yalong Bay Central Square Stop and get off at Sanya QianGuQing Stop. (19 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY43/USD7
Get there from Cactus Resort Sanya:
  • By bus: Take bus No. 27 at Yalong Bay Underwater World Stop and get off at Sanya QianGuQing Stop. (20 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY44/USD7
Local Market / Night Street
No.1 Harbor City
No.1 Harbor City
No.1 Harbor City is close to Dadonghai CBD, occupying 150 thousand square meters. The exterior of the whole building resembles a golden huge pineapple. The locals call it "Huge Pineapple" which, gradually, has been a shopping landmark in Sanya. The one-stop shopping in No.1 Harbor City combines catering, entertainment and travel perfectly.
Opening hours: All day
Things you can buy: jewels, cosmetics, clothes, children products, books, etc.
Get there from Horizon Resort & Spa Hotel, Sanya:
  • By bus: Take bus No. 25 at Yalong Bay Central Square Stop and get off at Dadonghai Square Center Stop. (23 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY72/USD12
Get there from Cactus Resort Sanya:
  • By bus: Take bus No. 24 at Yalong Bay Stop and get off at Dadonghai Square Center Stop. (22 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY56/USD9
Sanya International Shopping Center
Sanya International Shopping Center
Sanya International Shopping Center, gathering shopping, food, accommodation and entertainment within 68 thousand square meters commercial area, highlights its chic boutiques, eminent restaurants, and top dollar recreational equipment. Rambling here, you can experience the convenience of one-stop shopping and hospitable services.
Opening hours: 10:00-22:00
Things you can buy: jewelry, clothes, fresh food, handicrafts, etc.
Get there from Horizon Resort & Spa Hotel, Sanya:
  • By bus: Take bus Travel Line at Yalong Bay Stop and transfer to bus No.17 at Summer Department Store Stop (5 stops); then get off at Gangwuju Stop (4 stops).
  • By Taxi: CNY67/USD11
Get there from Cactus Resort Sanya:
  • By bus: Take bus No. 24 at Yalong Bay Stop and transfer to bus No.17 at Lulinglukou Stop (24 stops); then get off at Gangwuju Stop (3 stops).
  • By Taxi: CNY68/USD11
Sanya Jiefanglu Pedestrian Mall
Sanya Jiefanglu Pedestrian Mall
Located in the most bustling street, Jiefanglu Pedestrian Mall becomes the special scenery of Sanya. It not only symbolizes fashion and popularity, but also illustrates Hainan culture because of a unique street that is reputed for fine and affordable shell works which is crystallization of great efforts and wisdom from Hainan people.
Opening hours: All day
Things you can buy: handicrafts, shoes, glasses, clothes, food, etc.
Get there from Horizon Resort & Spa Hotel, Sanya:
  • By bus: Take bus No. 25 at Yalong Bay Central Square Stop and get off at Chuangyedasha Stop. (32 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY69/USD11
Get there from Cactus Resort Sanya:
  • By bus: Take bus No. 25 at Yalong Bay Underwater World Stop and get off at Chuangyedasha Stop. (33 stops)
  • By Taxi: CNY70/USD12

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