Sanya is China’s southernmost city and a rather famous and notable seaside resort. Russians and Northern Chinese often flee to this Hainan Island destination in winter to escape the cold. From wide coastlines to palm trees, Sanya is a tropical paradise with terrific activities to enjoy. Western travelers are starting to trickle in and those who do visit enjoy incredible weather, beautiful beaches, world class Sanya hotels and a variety of Chinese ethnic minority cultures.
Swim in Sanya Bay Beach
Crescent-shaped Dadonghai, beach is great for diving and water sports. The terrific year-round weather (monsoon rain aside) is a draw for winter tourists, and nearby restaurants, hotels, shopping centers and entertainment facilities are first-rate.
Monkey Island is located an hourâ€™s drive from Sanya in the Nanwan Peninsula. The island supports a commune of well over a thousand macaques. Visitors may interact with these playful and somewhat naughty creatures and enjoy a seafood feast on nearby fishing rafts.
Meditate in Nanshan Temple
The most renowned Buddhist shrine on Hainan Island is Nashan Temple. The venerable place of worship faces the South China Sea and is surrounded by mountains on all sides. The temple is about 40 km west of Sanya and spans 40,000 m2. Nanshan’s predominant features are “The Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya”, a 3.8 m-high jewel-encrusted sculpture of the bodhisattva Guan Yin, and the Sea Watch Terrace, where visitors can admire extraordinary panoramas.
Hike along Sanya Bay
A remarkable trail in Sanya Bay and nearby Fragrant Water Bay provides idyllic afternoon walks. You can also explore Wuzhi (Five Finger) Mountain’s many natural sights. The most prominent peak on Hainan Island contains lush forests, impressive waterfalls and deep river canyons.
Enjoy Local Cuisine
Li culinary culture is one of the joys of a visit to Hainan Island. The traditional cuisine relies heavily on fresh, local ingredients like tropical fruits, fish and seafood. Cooking over charcoal is not uncommon as well and figures prominently in the island’s street food, from Sanya to Hainan’s capital city, Haikou.
While the peak travel season to Sanya is from October to March because of amenable weather, visitors can enjoy the city all year-round. One of the most popular routes to Hainan Island is via Hong Kong. While ferry rides are available, the waters surrounding the island can get rough during the monsoon season.