Yalong Bay National Tourism District
"No sea deserves a look other than Sanya, no bay deserves a true bay except Yalong”. Yalong Bay is endowed with pleasant climate in all seasons, either perfectly good for holidays in winter or summer. Besides, Yalong Bay features undulating green hills, calm, crystal clear waters and soft, unsullied sandy beaches. Swimming is allowed around the year at its prime bathing place. Yalong Bay is nicknamed “Oriental Haiwaii”, yet its beach length is twice that of Hawaii. Within the bay there are five islands with Boar Island in the center, Dongzhou and Xizhou in the south, Dongpai and Xipai in the west, where many water sports can be conducted. The underwater world boasts abundant resources like coral reefs, tropical fish, seabed treasures and wild shells. The national coral reefs are perfectly preserved. Now, Yalong Bay is the district with the highest density of worldly top international branded resorts including the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Sanya Resort & Spa.
Dadonghai National Tourism Zone
30 kms / 20 minutes drive
Dadonghai lies in between Mount Bunny Tail and Mount Luhuitou, 3km from the downtown. Its crescent-like gulf is spacious and clear like a mirror, where the dazzling sands, sunshine, azure waters, beaches and green trees compose a roll of charming tropical tapestry. With all Spring-like seasons, warm waters, soft beaches and average water temperature of 18℃ in winter, You can either enjoy a sunbath on the beach in the daytime or retreat into the bars, BBQ or seafood stalls.
Sanya Bay Tourism Zone (Cocopalm Dream Belt)
40 kms / 30 minutes taxi
Closely connected to the downtown and stretches 22km long, the bay is graced by a long sandy belt adorned by green trees, presents a breathtakingly beautiful seascape. Sanya Bay starts from Sanya Port in the east, which is lined by Binhai Avenues extending over 10km long, and ends at Tianya Bay. Here you can experience the real life of a fisherman by approaching the trawling army operating the beach of Haipo in the west. Don’t even think trawling is an easy thing. Each net is up to 100 meters long, which takes two to three hours for one single operation. The net is released in the afternoon and trawled up from about 8:00 p.m. When the sun starts to set, rosy clouds are spread all over the sky. At this point of time in a near distance, you will see 10 more or 20 more fishermen chanting their work song, “one, two, three” while pulling the net up. Will you ever want to miss such an occasion?
The Caves Tourism Zone (Da Xiao Dong Tian)
70 kms / 1 hour drive
Telephone number: 86-898-88830188
Admission: RMB 40 per adult
Business Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Caves Tourism Zone, in history, serves as a screen to the southern part of Sanya. It lies along with Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Park at the foothill of Mount Nanshan, adorned by lush vegetation and elegant landscape. The Zone boasts a history of 800 years since it was first constructed as a tourist spot in Song Dynasty. Now it gains the title of number one mountain and sea of Hainan for its special sea view, typical mountain landscape as well as the beautiful rocks.Today, the Caves Resort upholds the Taoism as its theme, offering tropical scenes, healthy travel service, rejuvenation and recreational holidays.
Tianya Haijiao (The End of the Earth)
50 kms / 45 minutes drive
Telephone number: 86-898-88910131
Admission: RMB 65 per adult
Business Hours: 7 a.m. to 6:50 p.m.
Tianya Haijiao (the Edge of Sky and the Rim of Sea) lies below the Xiamaling Hill, about 50 kilometers west of Yalong Bay. In the ancient times, Hainan Island was a place where exiles lived because there was no means of transportation and few inhabitants in the island. When those exiles in the ancient times came here, they would find no way out but to face the sea and give a sigh. The description of the scholars and poets in the ancient history recorded many tragic ends here. Odd rocks are erecting under the azure sky and coconut trees are dancing in the wind near the blue sea. The scenery is really picturesque and enchanting. On the beach is a giant rock, on which carved with two Chinese characters "Tianya" (the Edge of Sky). Beside it is a reposing rock, on which was carved with "Haijiao" (the Rim of Sea).On the left of the two rocks is a rock in cone shape. The word on it reads "Column of Southern Sky", which indicates that here is the southern end of the motherland. Allegedly, Chenzhe, the prefecture in Ch'ing Dynasty, wrote "the Edge of Sky", and an unknown scholar from the same dynasty wrote "the Rim of Sea" and "Column of Southern Sky". The handwriting is forceful and strong.
30-35 kms / 25 minutes drive
Telephone number: 86-898-88226472
Admission: RMB 30 per adult
Business Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Luhuitou Park stands out of mountains of coral reefs and extends from northeast to southwest, then curves to the northwest, as if looking back by the sea. This is the land inspired by a story of love between a hunter and a fairy girl, where it is most longed for by the young people to release their admirations on each other. Luhuitou (Deer-Turn-Round) has now established into a park, on top which erects a sculpture that recurs the legend of love. Go there to tie a lock of hearts beneath the sculpture. While setting your feet on the summit, the beautiful scenes of Sanya can be fully captured. At night, the laser performance will light up your life.
60-65 kms / 1 hour drive
Telephone number: 86-898-88837888
Admission: RMB 150 per adult, RMB 78 per child or student holding a student certificate
Business Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Nanshan Cultural Tourism incorporates tropical marine seascape, Chinese longevity culture, historical heritage and folklores, integrating eco-tourist resources, recreational holidays and environment preservation to become an internationalized theme park district. With a planed area of 50 square kilometers, Nanshan’s core scenic spot is comprised of “three parks: one temple, one valley and one bay”, also known as Kwan-yin Cultural Park, Mercy Park, Auspiciousness Park, Nanshan Temple, Longevity Valley and Nanshan Bay. There is a national treasure “Gold and Jade Kwan-yin”, “No.1 Dragon Instone in the World” and the 108 meter high, sea-based Kwan-yin Statue standing on the south China sea which was consecrated on April 24, 2005. Hawaii tree house, Sanskrit Bell Garden, Nanshan Recreational Club and Nanshan vegetarian cuisine will surely bring you a lifetime of relaxation.
40-45 kms / 50 minutes drive
Telephone number: 86-898-88262007
Admission: RMB 100 (including return boat ticket and admission fee)
Business Hours: 8 a.m to 5:30 p.m.
West Island, nicknamed Ximaozhou, lies on the waters 7.02 sea miles to the west of Sanya City, opposite in distance to the End of the Earth. The island is in the shape of a pyramid on sea, extends 2,350 meters from the south to the north and 900 meters from the east to the west with a total range of 212 hectares. It is the second largest island in the surrounding of Hainan. The island lies within the zone of tropical low latitude and features tropical monsoon oceanic climate. The yearly average temperature is 27℃.West Island incorporates all sorts of water fun at an activity center covering a marine area of 46 square kilometers. Currently the entertaining items available are fishing, diving, motor boating, water skiing, parachute gliding, sail boating, banana boating, seabed walking, glass-boat sightseeing,and more. Waters around the island are 10 to 20 meters deep on average with high visibility. Under the water there is a cloud of fish such as the antler corals, crown corals, lion fish, clown fish, green fish, immortal fish and other creatures like starfish, actinia, urchin, trumpet shells and more, making the island a premier diving site.
60 kms / 1 hour drive
Telephone number: 86-898-83347777
Admission: RMB 100
Business Hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Boundary Islet is located in Lingshui County, a one-hour drive from Sanya. The ridge piled up on Mount Ox (Niuling) is the division of north and south for the eastern part of Hainan Island. In human aspect, the southern side of the mountain is mainly inhabited by the Li ethnic people while the northern side is mainly resided by the Han people. Geographically, the north mainly features plains while the south is characterized by hilly land. Such geographical division has formed two different climate conditions. The warm air current from the south is blocked by the ridges extending from the east to the west. As a result, when standing on the islet, you will often see such wonder of “rains at ox head but fine at ox tail”.
15 kms / 20 minutes drive
Telephone number: 86-898-88811777
Admission: RMB 123 (including return boat ticket and admission fee)
Business Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Named “Guqizhou” in ancient times and covers an area of 1.49 square kilometers, the island has an irregular shape, extends 1,400 meters from the east to the west, and 110 meters wide from the south to the north. It is one of the few islands in the surrounding area of Hainan with fresh water resource and rich vegetation. The island is home to over 2,000 sorts of plants and many precious tree species, such as the dragon blood, called the panda of all plants.
Though Wuzhizhou is situated quietly at a distant corner, it is very charming for the set-off of small islets, blue sky, azure sea and white clouds. Tourists on the island can go for sunbathing, seawater bathing, diving, motor boating, marine fishing and many other beach and water sports. Wuzhizhou lives up to its fame in terms of perfect reserve of corals, where hard and soft corals pile in multi-layers in various colors. With so diverse tropical fishes and corals, Wuzhizhou is an exclusive location for divers.
90 minutes drive
When is the last time you went on an adventure? Here is your chance. Diaoluo Mountain is one of the six tropical rain forest regions on the Hainan Island. One hour and 30 minutes from Sanya it has the highest peak, the Triangle Mountain, which reaches a summit of 1,519 meters. Abundant in plant species it brings a little bit of mystery. Your eyes will be full of green colors. Walk on the narrow path, you’ll see aged vine-entangled trees, flower-bloomed old stems and floral baskets in the sky, “The living fossil”--- Shaluo tree is the plant verging on extinction, but more plants and flowers are nameless. The biggest difference between Diaoluo Mountain and other mountains is water---waterfall, stream, pond, everywhere! The most famous one is Fengguo Waterfall which is over 100 meters high. So, a real adventurer definitely won’t miss this challenge. Are you ready to go?
Seven Fairy Mountain (Mt Qixianling) and Hotspring
1 hour drive
Telephone number: 86-898---83607688
Nine kilometers to the northeast of Baoting County is Baoting National Rainforest Park. The Seven Fairy Mountain is right in the park as one of the famous scenic spots on Hainan Island. The mountain’s elevation is 1,126 meters above the sea level. There are seven stones erect on the top of the mountain. To look from a long distance, the seven peaks look like seven beautiful ladies, standing in thin veils, as the name Seven Fairy Mountain indicates. Seven Fairy Mountain is a place mainly for a rainforest trek. It is a maturely developed tourism spot with facilities such as stone stairs and railings. A famous hot spring is also here, where you can relax in the warm water ponds to diminish your fatigue. The park is dotted with more than 20 hot springs. Just choose one, then get hot and steamy.
1 hour drive
Mount Jianfengling is a gigantic national species gene bank, from where over 2,000 vascular bundle plants have been discovered. Some of the giant trees reach 30 to 40 meters high, which can only be circled by four to five people. There are 148 sorts of birds and animals, and nearly 1,000 species of insects. On the ridge there is a natural lake – the Pool of Heaven, where you always want to go for a peaceful retreat.
Nanwan Monkey Island
1 hour drive
Telephone number: 86-898-83360902
Admission: RMB 118
The island is originally called Nanwan Peninsula. A mountain and sea borders three sides, and it is joined by the land of Lingshui County in the north with a total range of 10.2 square kilometers. It is graced by 12 undulating ridges in various sizes. Ninety-five percent of the island is forested with flora blossoms and fruits release fragrance around the year. The island is home to nearly 2,000 macaques of Class-II protective animals of China. Nanwan Monkey is as well the sole tropical island-style macaques natural reserve of China and the world.
Wuzhi Mountain area is in the middle of Hainan island which is two hours from Sanya. The most famous thing here is the highest mountain in Hainan Island---Wuzhi Mountain, and it is also the symbol of Hainan. The peaks are waving like saw teeth, and the shape is like five fingers. This is how the Wuzhi Mountain (Five Fingers Mountain in Chinese) got its name. The main rivers and streams in Hainan Island originate from the Wuzhi Mountain. The scenery of mountains and rivers forms the beautiful landscape. On the mountain there is spacious original forest. The falling leaves are as thick as 50 centimeters. A kind of unique fragrance is in the air, so some biologists and botanists say that the Wuzhi Mountain is the green treasure hidden many trees for hundreds of years. Meanwhile, the Wuzhi Mountain is also the kingdom of precious animals and birds. There are various animals such as reptiles, birds and animals. So Wuzhi Mountain is an ideal place for kinds of sports such as outdoor Safari, Rainforest trekking, Water rafting.Wuzhi Mountain is also the centre of Li, Miao Minority Culture, As the original settler on Hainnan Island, their ethnic custom is precious such as Li brocade, handcrafts, and more.
Sanya Pearl Plaza
35 kms / 30 minutes drive
Business Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The Sanya Pearl Plaza is a compound ranging 15,000 square meters, complete with a large-scale interior transparent atrium. It gives such features as shopping, entertainment, recreation, cinema and caterings. Pearl Square is orderly tailored with various shops, the first through the fifth floors provide a large collection of brand-name articles from home and abroad. The sixth floor consists of snack shops and electric games center. The seventh floor features cinemas and mid-air bars. Giving yourself a day to patronize the shop, you will surely have a good time.
35 kms / 30 minutes drive
Business Hours: 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The largest shopping outlet of Sanya, offering diverse and complete variety of articles. The first floor sells "made-in-Hainan" products and is where the tourists can bring Hainan home.
30 kms / 20 minutes drive
Business Hours: 9:40 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Summer Mall takes the lead in offering fashions and styles, situated gracefully on the edge of Dadonghai Square. Summer Mall is by far the only foreign-invested retailer of Sanya, as well as the only department store specializing in brand-names and fashions in Sanya. Many of the world's top brands can be found here.
The 1st Market
Set in the center of town The 1st Market is the be all and end all of budget shopping in Sanya. It is normally very busy every day and is packed with locals and tourists alike, the latter normally shopping for small gifts or souvenirs to take home. In fact, the market is also useful to know if just for the sheer variety of items that can be bought there, whether you are looking for simple household items or CDs, DVDs, clothes, fresh fruit, meat, vegetables, local tea, furniture, toys and even electrical goods. Also some of the local coconut handicrafts are an attractive and very cheap souvenir or gift to take back since coconuts are in abundance all over the island.
Jiefanglu Pedestrian Street
35 kms / 30 minutes drive
The street is 1,000 meters long and extends from the crossing of Jiefang Road and Shengli Road. The street features the fashion trend of Sanya as it is lined by clusters of shop buildings. It offers fashionable garments, mobile and other telecom appliances and exotic cuisines as a whole.