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Sanya Travel Guide

Known as Hawaii of China, Sanya is a tropical island escape for visitors from within as well as outside of China. Located on the southernmost tip of Hainan Island in the South China Sea, Sanya is a beautiful tourist hub with almost 50km of coastline. It is well-known for its pristine white sand beaches, warm temperatures, clear blue sea, abundant seafood, and fascinating local culture in Asia. Sanya is also known as Samah, meaning "three Asias." Due to its geographical remoteness and distance to political centers of China, in the past, it has also been called Tianya Haijiao, which means "the end of the sky and ocean" or "the end of the earth."

 

Widely known for its year-round tropical climate, Sanya has emerged in recent decades as a popular tourist destination with world-class resorts and attractions to match. Whether you are looking for some pampering in five-star hotels, filling your day with adventures like scuba diving or zip lining, or perhaps finding some quality family fun in amusement parks and butterfly valleys, Sanya has it all. 


Sanya’s main claim to fame is its numerous top-rated white sandy beaches. There is a perfect beach for you depending on what you are looking for: few crowds, water sports, best swimming conditions, or luxury or affordable hotels nearby. The most famous local beaches include Yalong Bay for the softest sands and cleanest sea in Sanya, Sanya Bay Beach for its 25 km stretch of public beach, and Dadonghai Beach for its gorgeous setting.


Of course, Sanya and Hainan island as a whole are not just about beaches. There is a wide range of cultural, natural, and religious sites to explore too. Most significantly is the Guanyin of Nanshan, the world's highest Buddhist statue standing tall at 108 meters (354 feet) near the Nanshan Temple of Sanya. Nanwan Monkey Island is a great place to see the endangered macaques in their natural habitat. Binlang Ethnic Village is designed to showcase the unique and intangible cultural heritage of Li and Miao minority groups. 


In terms of transportation in Sanya and around Hainan island, there are plenty of options from train to car to bus. Visitors can fly into Sanya Phoenix International Airport, which is about 15 km outside Sanya city center. Alternatively, Sanya can be reached directly by train from Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.


How to plan a trip to Sanya?

With its beautiful beaches, cultural parks, all-inclusive luxury resorts, and many other significant attractions, Sanya is fast becoming one of the most desirable vacation destinations in China and Asia. Over the past two decades, Sanya city is also developing into a flourishing and sophisticated tourist center. For first-time travelers to the region, go beyond the beaches and resorts, immerse yourself in Sanya and Hainan island’s unique local culture, delicious local cuisine, and of course, don’t forget its many popular shopping zones. Sanya's favorite local products include shells, pearls, seafood, spices, tropical fruit, coconut, and tropical clothing.


Not sure when to go? September to April are the best times to visit, but Sanya has comfortable weather conditions all year round. Even for the height of summer, the average temperature in June is around 28 ℃ (82 °F). If you don’t mind hot weather or possible monsoonal rain in the summer, this is a good season to save some money with low flight rates and hotel tariffs.


Reaching Sanya is easy. Visitors can fly into Sanya Pheonix International airport, which operates flights connecting 63 cities, including 23 international cities. There are train services between Sanya and Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Getting around the city is convenient via busses and trams. In addition to regular taxis, there are lots of motorcycle and sidecar taxis available too.


For first-time visitors who prefer their creature comforts when traveling, there have been significant improvements in Sanya's hotel infrastructure, so international hotel chains are easily found on the island. While shopping, it is important to remember not to buy corals or natural tortoise shells as souvenirs as it is against the law, and you will not be allowed to carry them out of the country.


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Things to do in Sanya

What to Do

Looking for things to do in Sanya? We provide up-to-date info on everything from must-see scenic spots to local hangouts.
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Wuzhizhou Island

Wuzhizhou Island

9.6
4.6/545,141 Reviews
"Outdoor Diving"
"Beaches"
Sanya Atlantis Resort

Sanya Atlantis Resort

9.6
4.7/52,887 Reviews
"Resorts"
"Nighttime sightseeing"
Aquaventure Waterpark

Aquaventure Waterpark

9.6
4.9/532,324 Reviews
"Water Parks"
Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park

Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park

9.2
4.5/536,121 Reviews
"Forests"
West Island

West Island

9.1
4.5/510,737 Reviews
"Sporting Goods"
"Beaches"
The Lost Chambers Aquarium (Sanya)

The Lost Chambers Aquarium (Sanya)

9.1
4.6/527,963 Reviews
"Aquariums"
Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone

Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone

9.0
4.7/525,092 Reviews
"Seashores"
Tianya Haijiao

Tianya Haijiao

8.7
4.5/531,471 Reviews
"Beaches"
"Rock Monuments"
Luhuitou Scenic Area

Luhuitou Scenic Area

8.4
4.6/521,186 Reviews
"Mountains"
"City Parks"
Sanya Romance Park

Sanya Romance Park

8.4
4.6/518,873 Reviews
"Featured performance"

Where to Stay

Discover the most popular places to stay in Sanya, complete with recommendations from fellow travelers and special hotel offers
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Aloha Oceanfront Suite Resort
Ocean Sonic Resort Sanya

Ocean Sonic Resort Sanya

4.7/513,346 Reviews
Sanya Junji Seaview Hotel

Sanya Junji Seaview Hotel

4.8/52,360 Reviews
Central Coast Sea View Hotel

Central Coast Sea View Hotel

4.8/510,225 Reviews
Dadonghai Hotel

Dadonghai Hotel

4.7/57,784 Reviews
Golden Phoenix Sea View Hotel
1 Hotel Haitang Bay,Sanya

1 Hotel Haitang Bay,Sanya

4.8/57,728 Reviews
Harman Hotel Sanya

Harman Hotel Sanya

4.7/511,763 Reviews
Jinghai Hotel & Resort

Jinghai Hotel & Resort

4.7/54,780 Reviews

What to Eat

Want to eat like a local? Don't miss out on these top Sanya dishes and foodie spots.
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OSSIANO UNDERWATER RESTAURANT & BAR

OSSIANO UNDERWATER RESTAURANT & BAR

4.9/5818 Reviews
Avg. USD239/person
"Western-style"
"Theme"
Beach Barbacoa at EDITION

Beach Barbacoa at EDITION

4.9/569 Reviews
Avg. USD94/person
"Barbeque"
Lao YuMin Seafood

Lao YuMin Seafood

4.6/58 Reviews
Avg. USD18/person
"Seafood"
BREAD STREET KITCHEN & BAR

BREAD STREET KITCHEN & BAR

4.9/5402 Reviews
Avg. USD66/person
"Western-style"
Fresh

Fresh

5.0/51,927 Reviews
Avg. USD108/person
"Western-style"
"Sea View"
Small scallop seafood restaurant

Small scallop seafood restaurant

4.8/5469 Reviews
Avg. USD21/person
"Seafood"
Deeper Undersea Restaurant

Deeper Undersea Restaurant

4.0/522 Reviews
Avg. USD66/person
"Seafood"
"View"
A Long hai Xian Happy Farmhouse

A Long hai Xian Happy Farmhouse

4.9/591 Reviews
Avg. USD27/person
"Seafood"
"Open Late"
LA TABELLA

LA TABELLA

5.0/510 Reviews
Avg. USD14/person
"Western-style"
Dinning Room

Dinning Room

4.7/5150 Reviews
Avg. USD62/person
"Hainan Cuisine"
Sand Grill & Lounge (The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay)

Sand Grill & Lounge (The Ritz-Carlton Sanya, Yalong Bay)

4.8/5102 Reviews
Avg. USD81/person
"Western-style"
"View"
Atlantis sanya Saffron buffet restaurant

Atlantis sanya Saffron buffet restaurant

5.0/5882 Reviews
Avg. USD47/person
"Buffets"

Sanya Moments: Through Travelers' Eyes

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