Sanya is a popular tourist destination in southeast China, known for its tropical climate. It is the training site of the national Chinese beach volleyball team and is a favorite destination spot of many retirees from northeast China, leading to its nickname, “China’s Florida.” This is a perfect part of China to visit if you’re looking for a relaxing, chilled-out beach holiday.
Tours and activities in Sanya
Sanya is an ideal destination for a slow, relaxing vacation, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to see and do! Consider taking an organized tour of some of the best locations in the city, or have a local guide who can give you historical background, advise on the best places for gorgeous, fresh seafood and help you book tickets for attractions.
Best time to visit
Known as the “Oriental Hawaii,” Sanya has great warm weather all year round. While you can visit any time of the year and enjoy a tropical climate, the best months for visiting would be between November and April, as outside of those times there is a chance of occasional monsoons.
Top Attractions in Sanya
Explore the limitless fun and never-ending natural beauty of the city with a twist of cultural heritage and erotic climate.The city of Sanya is a mini package to heaven.
Getting here and getting around
Sanya’s airport is the Phoenix International Airport, which services flights to over 80 domestic and international cities. An airport shuttle bus and taxis will convey you from the airport direct to the downtown of the city, and long-distance buses can take you from Sanya to many other parts of mainland China.
Sanya Railway Station is close to the airport and allows for travel across the city and to other destinations. You can connect from there to Yuehai Railway which runs cross-sea with high-speed rail options available.
Getting around the city is very easy, with plenty of city bus routes. Most major attractions are available by the local bus service, and you’ll also find plenty of specific tourist minibusses. Double-decker buses are available for sightseeing for as little as ¥8 per person.
Taxis are plentiful too, and they are efficient and cheap. It’s a good idea to negotiate a flat fare if you’re traveling a long distance, but flag-down rates start at ¥11.
Eating and drinking
Sanya has a reputation for delicious, pollution-free seafood, including sea urchins, shrimps, crab, and fresh fish. It’s no surprise, then, that the majority of local dishes use seafood as a base. Dabianlu is a popular style of cooking seafood, similar to a hotpot, while fried dishes are common too. Lailiao shrimp is quick-fried with chili and is particularly delicious.
Chunyuan Seafood Stall is popular with both locals and tourists, and stall-keepers are friendly and informative about what they sell. Mingji Stall is a great place for Lailiao shrimp as well as seafood gruel. For a more upmarket dining experience, try Dadonghai Coconut Seafood City.
Getting a good night's sleep
Sanya Marriott Yalong Bay Resort & Spa is a perfect place to spend your stay if you’re looking for luxury. With the ocean and mountains as a backdrop, this hotel also has 2 outdoor pools, yoga lessons, and pampering sessions, with beautiful rooms.
A tremendous mid-priced hotel is Bao Hong Hotel Sanya, with an outdoor pool and private beach, gorgeous rooms and stunning views over the city from private balconies.
If you’re traveling on a budget, the Universe Traveller International Youth Hostel has a relaxing garden, private rooms and countless activities on-site, such as hiking, windsurfing, and snorkeling.