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Introduction

Sanya

Sanya

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Sanya is located in the south of the little known island of Hainan, a large tropical island off the southern coast of China. The city itself, although attractive, serves mainly as a starting point for those travelling on to the beaches.

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Sights and Activities

  • Yalong Bay is a pretty 7-kilometre-long strip of sand, located to the east of Sanya.
  • Tianya Haijao is full of tourists, so be prepared for crowds! If you wish to escape the crowds you can catch a boat to a small island nearby to do a bit of snorkelling.
  • Dadonghai is very easy to reach, at about 3 kilometres southeast of Sanya but the beach is much smaller and tends to be a bit more crowded.

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Weather

The island has a tropical climate, and remains warm even when much of China up north is feezing! Average temperates are around 25 °C, and in the summer the weather becomes very hot and humid. Although a little more rainy during the winter months (December - February), it is possible to enjoy the ocean pretty much every day of the year. The summers (June - September) can get very hot and humid so make sure to spend plenty of time in the water in order to cool off when temperatures frequently hit 30 °C or more.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max26.1 °C26.8 °C28.6 °C30.7 °C32 °C31.9 °C31.7 °C31.4 °C31.2 °C30.2 °C28.5 °C26.6 °C
Avg Min18.5 °C19.6 °C21.9 °C24.2 °C25.6 °C26.1 °C25.9 °C25.5 °C24.7 °C23.4 °C21.3 °C19 °C
Rainfall8 mm12.8 mm19.2 mm43.3 mm142.3 mm197.5 mm192.6 mm221.5 mm251.4 mm234.5 mm58.3 mm10.7 mm
Rain Days3.43.63.95.6101413.8161713.56.63.7

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Getting There

By Plane

Sanya Phoenix International Airport (SYX) is about 18 kilometres north of Sanya, with domestic flights to destinations including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. There are also international flights to Hong Kong, Moscow and Seoul.

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Eat

There are lots of restaurants in Sanya, although local delicacies are difficult to find.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Sanya Blue Sky International Youth HostelNO.1 LanHai Alley, HaiYun Road Dadonghai DistrictHOSTEL91
Sanya Eagle Backpackers Hostel120B Haitianhuiyuan buiding,96 Yuya road, Dadonghai districtHostel-
Sanya Fourseasons HomeBinhai Blvd. (Sanya Bay Blvd.) 2nd Lanhai gardenHostel-
Sanya Lama Temple International Youth HostelNo.7,Dazhenling RdHostel80
Songtaoge InnNo.291, Wenming Road SanyaHOSTEL84
Sunny Sanya Family InnNo.29, Haiyun Road DadonghaiHostel-
Sanya Lost International Youth HostelNo. 78 Haipo Village 8Hostel-
Golden Phoenix Seaview Apartment Sanya BaySanya Bay RoadApartment-
Seal Inn SanyaRm19A23 Haichen Ge Bihailantian Sanya Bay RoadHotel64
Nanfeng Seaside Resort SanyaB-9floor Richen property Haihua Road Da Dong HaiHotel-
Sanya BackpackersNo. 1 Type 1 Villa Luming Community Haihua Road DadonghaiHostel93
Pipiluo BluehouseNo.160, Luhuitou Village Group 4Hostel-
Lover Bay Beach Cafe HostelNo.175, Group 1, Luhuitou Village Hedong District, SanyaHostel-
Thorn Bird Sanya HostelSanya Bay Road Sanya City Danzhou Community No. 8, LaneHostel-
Raintree Backpacker Hostel4th floor, Shan Shun Yun Tian Tower He Dong RoadHOSTEL78
LUMINN Hostel Sanya#103 Haipo Estate, Sanya Bay Road SanyaHostel-
Sanya Sunshine International Youth Hostel8# Villa,Ke La Quay,close to Chen Guang Resort Sanya Bay RoadHOSTEL91
Joe's Seaside InnNo. 8 Jixiang streetHOSTEL73
Sombrero HostelNo.8 Haihua Road DadonghaiHOSTEL-
Simple Love Seaside HostelRoom 502a, Huayu Resident, No.66 Yuya Road Dadonghai DistrictAPARTMENT-
Sanya Senior Leader International Youth HostelNo.14 Jiande Alley Jixiang StreetHOSTEL-
Lulu Beach Hostel SanyaNo.138,Group 4 Luhuitou VillageHOSTEL-
Sanya Width HostelNo. 62 Hong Jiao Wu Zu Hedong DistrictHOSTEL84
My Sea Inn168# LuHuiTou Village (close to Residents's commitGUESTHOUSE-
Sanya Tianya International Youth HostelNo. 7 NanQi Lane, fourth Lane YuCun RoadHOSTEL-
Sanya Jia Cuo HostelNo.79, Group 2 Lu Hui Tou VillageHOSTEL-
See Sea Inn (Houhai)Haitang Bay SanyaHOSTEL85
SanYa JiaCuo HostelLover BayHostel-
Nanuna Beach Club#80 Hou Hai Village EastHOSTEL-
Captain's HouseOpposite "Sanya Royal Garden Resort" Lu Ling lu(Rd), Da Dong HaiHOSTEL-
See Sea Inn TianyaNo.251 The Second East Malin StreetHOSTEL-
Sunny Sanya Family Inn- Yalong BayYalong Bay National Resort Dis , 700 meters to Yalong BayGuesthouse-
Pipiluo BluehouseNo.160, Group 4 Luhuitou VillageHOSTEL-
Sanya Clarity Bay HostelNo.1 Huanglong Road, Tianya TownHOSTEL-

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Keep Connected

Internet

Wangba (联网) means internet bar in Chinese. Almost every town will have an internet bar or gaming center. The best way to spot an internet bar is to look for the 网(ba) character, which means net, and large digitized images of computer game characters. Often, there will be a sign saying Green Power in English at the entrance. Most gaming centers cost about RMB3 an hour. You prepay at the main desk and are then given a plastic card or a piece of paper. Once you are done you return the card or piece of paper and get reimbursed for the money you didn't spend. Be prepared for a place that might be dingy, basic and messy. Internet bars in China tend to get crowded starting in the late afternoon to the late evenings.

Some hotels provide access from the rooms that may or may not be free; others may provide a wireless service or a few desktops in the lounge area.
Also, quite a few cafes provide free wireless Internet service. Some cafes, even provide a machine for customer use.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to China is 86. To make an international call from China, the code is 00.

When making international phone calls it is best to buy an IP card. They typically have a value of ¥100 but sometimes can be had for as little as ¥25. The cards have printed Chinese instructions, but after dialing the number listed on the card English-spoken instructions are available. As a general indication of price, a call from China to Europe lasts around 22 minutes with a ¥100 card. Calls to the U.S. and Canada are advertised to be another 20% cheaper. There is no warning before the card runs out of minutes.

If you already have a GSM 900/1800 cellphone, you can roam onto Chinese networks, but calls will be very expensive (¥12-35/minute is typical). If you're staying for more than a few days, it will usually be cheaper to buy a prepaid Chinese SIM card; this gives you a Chinese phone number with a certain amount of money preloaded. Chinese tend to avoid phone numbers with the bad-luck digit '4', and vendors will often be happy to offload these "unsellable" SIM-cards to foreigners at a discount. If you need a phone as well, prices start around ¥100/200 used/new. Chinese phones, unlike those sold in many Western countries, are never "locked" and will work with any SIM card you put in them. China's two big operators are China Mobile and China Unicom. Most SIMs sold by the two work nationwide, with Unicom allowing Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan usage as well. There is usually a surcharge of about ¥1/min when roaming outside the province you bought the SIM, and there are some cards that work only in a single province, so check when buying.

Post

China Post (中国邮政) is the official postal service of the People's Republic of China, operated by the State Postal Bureau of the People's Republic of China (website in Chinese only), and has more details about price to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. The Chinese postal service is very good. Remember that in more remote places usually only one post office in a city can handle sending international boxes or letters. Also many times it might be worth having the name of the country you are trying to send to in Chinese characters, because small town people might not know what Estonia is in English. Post offices have a striking green logo and can easily be found everywhere in the cities. They are mostly open every day (including weekends!) from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though small offices might have shorter opening times, while the bigger ones in central and touristic areas are sometimes open during evenings as well.

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 18.2526246
  • Longitude: 109.5119226

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