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Sanya

Visit “China’s Hawaii” to discover a tropical getaway featuring white-sandy beaches, forested mountains, monkey-filled jungle and towering monuments to Buddha.

Sanya is a laid back city on the southern tip of Hainan Island, and marks the southernmost point of China. Known as “China’s Hawaii”, Sanya features stunning beaches and a tropical climate. Enjoy seaside activities like swimming, scuba diving and sailing. Hike up the forested peaks of the city’s surrounding mountains and admire the lush tropical flora.

Unpack your bags and head to Dadonghai Beach to enjoy kilometers of white sand. Soak up Sanya’s famous sunshine, swim in the clear tropical waters and refresh yourself with a freshly cut coconut. If you’re feeling energetic, follow the esplanade trail east to the hilltop lookout enjoy views of the beach and surrounding mountains.

Explore Nanshan Temple, which features a monumental 108-metre (354-foot) statue of the bodhisattva Guan Yin. The temple grounds contain an expansive tropical garden dotted with shrines and statues dedicated to Buddha.

You’ll find beautiful forested parkland at the peak of Mount Luhuitou. This mountaintop also features magnificent views of the city and a monument to one of the region’s most famous love stories. For more great views, take a ride on China’s longest over-water cable car to Nanwan Monkey Island. Here you’ll meet hundreds of macaques roaming free in a dense jungle habitat.

Explore downtown Sanya to find a diverse range of souvenir shops selling artisanal crafts and gifts. Food vendors set up in the late afternoons, filling the streets with barbecue smoke as they grill freshly caught seafood. Seafood restaurants also line the beach and outdoor karaoke gets the party started as night falls.

Sanya Phoenix International Airport connects the area to other major cities around China. A high-speed train connects Sanya to Haikou and other cities along the east coast of Hainan Island. The city’s bus system is efficient and inexpensive. Many destinations around Sanya are also easy to reach by foot or taxi. The tropical climate keeps Sanya’s waters warm year-round.

Top hotels in Sanya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay Resort and Spa
Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay Resort and Spa
5 out of 5
No. 68 Haitang North Road, Haitang Bay, Sanya, Hainan Province
The price is RM455 per night

This family-friendly Sanya hotel is located near the beach, within 3 mi (5 km) of Haitang Bay and Wuzihzhou Island Beach. Yalong Bay and Yanoda Rainforest Cultural ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (115 reviews)

"Such a cool, modern, classy place!! Beautiful rooms, grounds. restaurants, and view. I cannot recommed this place enough!! I can't wait to go back Really great staff, cool views, nice beach, awesome bar on the roof."…"

Reviewed on 27 Feb 2020

Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay Resort and Spa
Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort
Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort
5 out of 5
5 Sunny Bay Road, Yalong Bay District, Sanya, Hainan
The price is RM893 per night

This family-friendly Sanya hotel is located by the sea, within 1 mi (2 km) of Sun Bay and Yalong Bay. Sanya Bay and Dadonghai Beach are also within 20 miles ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)

"Perfect for a relaxing weekend. Excellent secluded location, wonderful Zen style facility, and a young, well trained attentive staff. The quality of hotel guests are also excellent."…"

Reviewed on 18 Jun 2018

Park Hyatt Sanya Sunny Bay Resort
Hilton Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa
Hilton Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa
5 out of 5
Yalong Bay National Resort District, Sanya, Hainan
The price is RM348 per night

Located in Sanya, this beachfront resort is connected to a shopping centre, 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Yalong Bay, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Sun Bay and Sanya Bay. ...

4.2/5Very Good! (129 reviews)

"The location is good right next to the beach. Staff are friendly. Room is clean."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2019

Hilton Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa

Popular places to visit in Sanya

Dadonghai Beach
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Dadonghai Beach

Enjoy the tropical atmosphere at Sanya’s favourite beach, complete with adventure tours, barbequed street food, upscale restaurants and mountain views.

Guanyin Statue of Hainan
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Guanyin Statue of Hainan

Admire this magnificent Buddhist statue of the mercy goddess Guan Yin, which towers above the South China Sea from a golden platform in the Nanshan temple complex.

Nanshan Temple
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Nanshan Temple

This magnificent monument to Buddha and the bodhisattvas is located in an expansive seaside temple complex of beautiful tropical gardens and rolling, green hills.

Top things to do in Sanya

Half Day Private Tour of Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park
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Half Day Private Tour of Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park

RM1,510
Per adult
Sanya Half Day Private Tour of Li & Miao Minority Park
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Sanya Half Day Private Tour of Li & Miao Minority Park

RM1,423
Per adult
Sanya Phoenix Airport Same Day Luggage Services
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Sanya Phoenix Airport Same Day Luggage Services

RM87
Per adult

Reviews of Sanya

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Nov 2019

Beautiful location and beach. I feel the access to the beach should be improved.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Apr 2019

Take Mozzy spray. It can get quite hot. Stay somewhere that has kids amenities like Sofitel if you have small kids. Their kids facilities is great. It was all great to be fair. The suite was spacious and modern.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

21 Mar 2019

The Sanya whole area as tropical place looks very nice Just one think I feel like chinese people dont care much about their International visitors

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