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Sanya is an exotic paradise, great for some year-round sunshine. The tropical climate is perfect for sightseeing, especially when touring on a glass-bottom boat or snorkelling amongst the bright, mesmerising coral. Just a short walk from the city centre, Dadonghai Beach is ideal for a morning walk or a chance to have a swim in the ocean with your family. Although, its central location can mean it gets very busy during peak seasons. If you're looking for somewhere more private, head to Yalong Beach; it’s only a short drive away and is surrounded by rolling green hills and stunning, private resorts.

There’s so much to do and see in Sanya, that you might not know where to start. When getting to know the culture around this island, your first stop should be at the Guanyin of Nanshan, which is the goddess of Guanyin, the patron of children. Locals come here to pray for health and wellbeing. After visiting this monument, take a 40-minute drive to Binlang Ethnic Village, where you can see the Miao and Li ethnic cultures. This attraction consists of food, dancing, exhibitions and more.

If you love hitting the waves and trying new water sports, then you’ve come to the right place. Sanya holidays can be as adventurous as you want them to be, with surfing and stand-up paddleboarding on the rise here, you’re bound to find an activity you’ll love. Spend the day away from the beach, exploring the wilderness on an exciting trek through the rainforest. When you’re high up in the mountains, you’ll come across exotic birds and incredible waterfalls.  If you get a chance, go to the Yanoda, a fun theme park, which preserves parts of the rainforest.

From a pineapple-shaped shopping centre to night markets, Sanya city is full of unique places to explore. This urban playground is intertwined with parts of the forest; one moment you’ll see modern skyscrapers and the next, splashes of greenery. While you take a walk along Sanya river embankment, stop to take in the amazing views around you. Or to see the city from a different perspective, head up to Luhuitou Park for a panoramic view over the city and Sanya bay. If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie and want to try some traditional chinese dishes, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Their menus are full of mouth-watering cuisine and feature everything from fresh seafood to exotic treats.

Safety and Security

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Getting there

China Southern Airlines are the 5th largest airline in the world and fly direct to Sanya from London Heathrow on a Thursday and Sunday

Outbound flight: 10hrs 50mins

Inbound flight: 12hrs 30mins.

In 2018, China Southern Airlines were ranked 14th in the World’s Best 100 Airlines as voted for by customers, ahead of other well-known carriers such as Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and Air Canada.

Excursions and things to do

Nantian Hotspring: located 60 minutes from Sanya, the Nantian Hotspring is a fantastic experience. One of the best Hot Springs in China, there’s 36 pools and spa treatments for you to choose from, so take your pick!

Sanya City Tour: spend the day exploring everything that this beautiful city has to offer. Take your pick from the great beaches and clear waters, and the historical sites of Sanya are also not to be missed. There’s also local specialities for gifts and local foods.

Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Park: set in beautiful tropical gardens, the Nanshan Buddhist Cultural Park won’t disappoint. Known as the Mountain of the South – key to Chinese mythology, the 100-metre-tall Buddha facing out to sea is the key feature that can be seen for many miles.

Visa Requirements

From 1 May, 2018, United Kingdom visitors to Hainan Island can enjoy a visa waiver for up to 30 days
For further information on qualified travel agencies for visa-free access to Hainan, please visit:

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