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Top Reasons to Visit Sanya

Best Beaches in China

Sanya is located at the southernmost point of Hainan Province which is also the southernmost part of China, it is reputed as the Oriental Hawaii for it owns the best beaches in China. Here in Yalong Bay, with sandy beaches touching as soft as silk, crystal blue sea water joins together with the azure sky, showing so fantasy a world for all the tourists.

Yalong Bay

Tropical Rainforests

Except for all the sceneries you could have along the seaside, the lush tropical rainforests must be another symbol of Sanya. Explore the natural beauty of the primeval forests and enjoy the fresh air in the natural oxygen bar will be a wonderful experience during your Sanya trip.

Hainan Featured Cuisine

Fresh seafood and tropical friuts may first come to your mind when mentioned Sanya. You can certainly taste all kinds of seafood you like in Sanya, meanwhile, you can go the the market to pick fresh seafood by yourself and cook in the seafood restaurant that provides this cooking service, Furthermore, better not miss Hainan Cuisine, mainly choose different food material from special area, delicious and unique, with characteristic features in Hainan Province.


Perfect Destination for Every Family

Great sunshine, sandy beach, blue sea water, gentle breeze, numerous tropical fruits and fresh seafood, Sanya, a perfect destination for families, gives every reason for you to come for a visit. You may find the simplest happiness with your family members, no matter just lying on the beach to enjoy the sunshine, swimming and playing water together or having a delicious feast. Just come and have fun in Sanya.

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Best Time to Visit Sanya

Weather in Sanya is like summer all year round, pretty good for those tourists who don’t like cold winter at all. The best time to visit Sanya starts from October to the next March, sunny with less rain, avoiding the hottest time in summer and the rainy season. The weather will be really hot during summer, with strong ultraviolet rays, and since it’s summer vacation, more students and families will come to visit so that it will be crowded. By the way, from October to March is also the peak season, price for hotels and flights will be higher, you’d better book your tickets and hotels ahead of your time.

Annual Temperature: 25.7 ℃

Rainy Season: June to October

Hottest Time: July and August

Crowded Season: Late Jan. or early Feb. (Chinese Spring Festival);

                               first week of May (Labor Day);

                               first week of October (National Day)


Better to avoid these periods since the price for hotel and transportation may be higher and it’s crowded everywhere.

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What to Do in Sanya

Enjoy your leisure time on the beaches

With the best beaches in China, Sanya is a wonderful place for you to enjoy a leisure time on the beach. Yalong Bay, known as World’s Top Bay, owns the best beach in Sanya which stretches more than 7 kilometers, wide and flat. The white and soft sand, crystal blue sea water and dense tropical forests, make a perfect combination of sea, beach, sunshine, trees and fresh air. You may go to Dadonghai Beach as well, more commercialized but very convenient for eating and transportation.

Yalong Bay

Explore particular islands

Wuzhizhou Island is regarded as the best diving place in China, with a colorful world under the pure clear sea water, no matter the well-preserved coral reef or varieties of tropical fish. This island has a special shape looks like a butterfly and has an abundant amount of plants, it’s absolutely a paradise for diving lovers. You can take bus No.28 to the Pier, takes around 1 hour. Departure time to the island is from 8 am to 4 pm, the last ship departed from the island is 4: 30 pm. 


Nanwan Monkey Island, surrounded by the ocean on three sides, is the only natural reserve island for macaque monkeys in the world, with a thousand of macaque monkeys on the island. It’s opened from 8 am to 4:30 pm, better visit in the morning so that you could have enough time to go around the island, rather take the cableway to have a bird-eye view of the beautiful sceneries below or closely observe those clever macaque monkeys.

West Island, the second largest island in Hainan Province and the largest diving base in the world, is a great destination for fishing, diving and all kinds of water sports. You can take bus No. 6, 16, 21, 24, 25 from downtown area, opening time is from 8 am to 5: 30 pm.


Have a cultural journey in Nanshan

Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone combines a healthy coastal ecology, beautiful sceneries and rich culture. Here you can admire the tallest statue of Guanyin, experience the Buddhism culture in the Nanshan Temple and appreciate the natural beauty of mountains with the sea. Special Line of Nanshan is available to take from Yalong Bay.



Running Hours: 6:00-19:20

Price: 8 yuan

Route: Yalong Bay – Dadonghai Beach – Luhuitou Park – Bailu Park – Sanya Bay – West Island – Tianya Haijiao – Nanshan

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Connect your Sanya trip with Haikou

Haikou, the capital city of Hainan Province, has been evaluated as an international wetland city. Only 2 hours by train from Sanya, it is an ideal choice to connect your Sanya trip. You can visit Xinglong Tropical Botanical Garden and have a view of Mount Wuzhi National Reserve, or go to the Qilou Old Street to experience the historical culture.

Mount Wuzhi National Reserve


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Best Food to Eat in Sanya

Regardless of kinds of fresh seafood and tropical fruits, best food in Sanya like Baoluo Noodles, Coconut Chicken Hotpot and coconut rice are all worth trying. You can even try the most famous four dishes in Hainan, including Wenchang Chicken, Jiaji Duck, Dongshan Mutton and Hele Crab, all the food materials are chosen from particular areas in Hainan, with an unparalleled flavor differs from any other place.

Coconut Chicken Hotpot

Wenchang Chicken, the best dish in Hainan, choose well-feed chicken from Wenchang city and cooked with kinds of flavorings, very popular among local people and tourists, especially for those who don’t like spicy food.

Jiaji Duck. Or Fan Duck, named for the special feeding skills in Jiaji Area, with a distinctive flavor varies from other duck.

Dongshan Mutton, being fed in Dongshan Ridge in Wanning, well-known for its extraordinary meat which is more nutritive than mutton from other area with a lighter smell and a beeter taste.

Hele Crab, a special kind of crab in Wanning area, famous for its palatable meat covered by its hard crab shell, very delicious by steamed.

Where to Stay in Sanya

  • Yalong Bay, with the best sea water and beach in Sanya, price for hotel is the highest among all the areas. It’s not so convenient for eating and transportation, and everything is much more expensive than in other areas.
  • Sanya Bay, the closest area to train station and airport, with the most convenient transportation conditions compared to other areas in Sanya. Price is the cheapest compared to all the other areas. By the way, Sanya Bay is the best place to watch sunrise and sunset in Sanya.
  • Haitang Bay, much quieter than in other areas, with more luxury hotels around. But it’s not so convenient for eating and transportation in this area. Price for hotels is cheaper than Yalong Bay, higher than hotels in Saya Bay and Dadonghai Beach.
  • Dadonghai Beach, cheaper, convenient for eating and transportation. Close to downtown Sanya and easily approaching to other attractions, there are also a lot of markets and restaurants around this area. But sand in Dadonghai Beach is not as soft as Yalong Bay.

How Many Days to Stay in Sanya

Sanya is a great destination for you to slow down you pace and enjoy every minute of your life, the sandy beach, blue sky and fine sunshine, you could really relax yourself and have a great time there. Attractions in Sanya are not close to one and another, along with different islands, so that you may only visit one or two attractions per day. Furthermore, you could also connect your Sanya tour with Haikou. Generally speaking, you may need 4 to 5 days for main places you want to visit in Sanya. You may extend a few days if you want to stay on the island for a longer time. Check the tour information below to get some inspiration for your upcoming Sanya trip, or you can tailor-made your personal Sanya tour, Topchinatravel will be glad to help you with your Sanya travel plan.


What to do for 4 to 5 days

  • Enjoy the sunshine on Dadonghai Beach
  • Explore the exceptional beauty of Yalong Bay
  • Take an adventure in the tropical rainforests
  • Have a great time on Wuzhizhou Island
  • Admire the tallest statue of Guanyin
  • Taste all varieties of sea food and delicious Hainan Cuisine
  • Go shopping at Sanya International Duty-free Store

Recommended Sanya Tours:

6 Days Sanya Leisure Vacation: Luhuitou Park, Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Center, Yalong Bay, Monkey Island

6 Days Haikou & Sanya Sunny Tour: Haikou, Sanya


Tailor-made your personal Sanya Tour: Free Online Tailor-made Tour

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How to Get to & Get around Sanya

By Airplane

It is no doubt to be the fastest and the most convenient way to get to Sanya. Sanya Phoenix International Airport, located 14 kilometers away from downtown Sanya, is one of the largest international airports in China, including airlines from Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and many other main cities in China, and also international airlines to Korea and Singapore. You may take shuttle bus, bus No. 8/No. 27 or taxi in the airport.

Beijing Shanghai Chengdu Xi’an Guilin Hongkong
4h 10m 3h 30m 2h 20m 3h 15m 1h 30m 1h 30m


Transfer Tips:

Shuttle Bus: Line 1 to Dadonghai Beach, takes about 50 minutes, 15 yuan

                     Line 3 to Yalong Bay, takes about 1 hour, 25 yuan

Bus: Bus No. 8, from 6:00 to 23:00, 5 yuan to Dadonghai Beach and 4 yuan to downtown area

        Bus No. 27, from 7:00 to 18:30, 10 yuan to Yalong Bay

Taxi: takes about 30 minutes from the airport to the city center, around 30 yuan according to different destinations

By Train

Due to the special geography conditions around, there is only one train runs from Beijing West Railway Station to Sanya. Passing by main cities like Changsha, Guangzhou and Haikou, the whole journey takes more than 38 hours. Bullet train from Haikou to Sanya takes about 1 hour.

Getting around in Sanya

Bus: normal bus runs from 6:00 to 22:00 for 2 yuan, special line for tourism runs from 6:40 to 19:40, price varies from 10 to 20 yuan

Taxi: flexible for your time, about 15 yuan from downtown to Dadonghai Beach, 85 yuan to Yalong Bay

Car Rental: service for car rental is available inside the airport

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What to Prepare for a Sanya Tour

What to Prepare

  • Get ready for your Visa, and do remember your passport.
  • Prepare for your SIM card to make sure the internet use in China.
  • Take some medicine with you for emergency use.
  • Bring sunscreen, sunglasses and hats for the strong ultraviolet ray.
  • Don’t forget your umbrella and rain gears during the rainy seasons.
  • Pack enough suitable clothes for change, clothes for summer are recommended, a long-sleeves thin jacket will be good when you take a car or coach.
  • Swimming suits, glasses, slippers and water-proof watch are suggested to take.

What to Know

  • Read some basic information about Sanya and China so that you could have a better experience there.
  • Choose a good time for a visit may help you get a wonderful experience during your Hainan trip.
  • Stay calm while having your wonderful seafood feast, you may easily get sick after a long journey if you eat too much seafood.
  • Pay attention to your safety when you swim or do other water sports.

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Basic Chinese You Might Need

Chinese Pinyin English
你好 Nǐhǎo Hello/Hi
再见 Zàijiàn Bye/See you
谢谢 Xièxie Thank you.
不客气 Búkèqi You’re welcome.
对不起 Duìbùqǐ Sorry
请问卫生间在哪里? Qǐngwènwèishēngjiānzàinǎlǐ? Excuse me, where is the restroom?
多少钱? Duōshǎoqián?  How much?

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