With its clear beaches, sprawling resorts and designer golf courses, Sanya has long been considered a playground for holidaymakers home and abroad. But there is much more to it than them.


Sanya, like any holiday town, has a vibrant and varied nightlife scene. Visitors to Sanya can be sure to find a mix of bars, clubs, KTV lounges, live music and cultural shows. Shoppers looking for locally produced items should check out the local specialty markets, offering from tropical fruits and delicious seafood. Regardless of whether you want to get more history of the city or try some of the impressive local snacks, you’ll find it all in our guide to Sanya.


1.       Learn some history

Sanya Romance Park

At the 80-acre Sanya Romance Park, you will be able to learn the colorful multicultural history of Sanya City performed daily given by professional performers.


Apart from the art and dance performance, the Romance Park includes 10-themed zones such as the Yazhou Ancient City Cultural Theme Park, Elephant Valley, Pirate War Performance, Technique Exhibition and Amusement Hall, the Li & Miao Village Cultural Experience Area, South China Sea Goddess Cultural Square, Bougainvillea Seafood Stalls Area, Totem Boulevard, Valentine Valley, Fire Performance Area, BIKINI Carnival and much more for you to explore.


2.       Get local specialty at good prices

No.1 Market

After you are done sightseeing for the day when visiting Sanya, you’ll probably end up looking for a good place to meander through the stalls to find the perfect souvenir or special local products to bring home to family and friends. No.1 Market, the largest market in the city, is a fun place to browse local fruits, seafood and Hainan snacks.


3.       Get your drink on

Sanya Bar Street

Times Coast Bar Street has one of the highest concentrations of bars in town situated near the Sanya Port in a prosperous resort in Yuya Avenue (a 5 min bus ride from Dadonghai).


The bar street is popular among youngsters and expats in town. You’ll have no problem finding bars of different styles and vibes; get some friends together and there will be a sizzling party that goes from a quiet post-dinner catch-up to after-midnight.

4.       Savor your buds at

Sanya Chunyuan Square

Fans of seafood should definitely make a trip out to Sanya Chunyuan Square, arguably one of the popular seafood squares you’re likely to find in Sanya. It is a huge outdoor plaza filled with seafood vendors providing over 400 tables in Chunyuan Road.


This back street is always filled with large groups of noisy people vivaciously enjoying dinner and good company. Choose hotpot, fried, or steamed preparation methods for a small fee.


5.       Actually walk along some coastline

Sanya Bay

As Sanya Bay is not far from the city center, visitors can spend a day at this peaceful and very romantic beach. Pack a picnic and wander through the picturesque coconut trees and get close to the taste the daily life of local people. Best yet, you can get the most spectacular sunset experience to complete your tropical trip. A stroll around the longest bay in Sanya is definitely a treat for couples. No wonder why there’s no shortage of wedding photo shoots here.


7.  Get lost in shopping heaven

Sanya Duty-free Shop

It’s not all sun and sand in Sanya, there’s shopping too! Sanya is quickly making a niche for itself as a duty free hot spot in China. The goods on offer at the store include many of the best watch brands in the world, fashionable clothes and adornments, jewelry, travel cases and bags, small household appliances and characteristic domestic products.


8. Relax a bit

Sanya River

Sanya River is located in the middle of the city, famed for its beautiful and scenic landscapes.

Leisure pavilions, touring paths and lush greenery dot along this sprawling river, which is a nursery for a variety of fish, birds, crustaceans and shellfish. Besides the rising buildings along the river, you will also be able to find egrets here. They fly from the north part of China and make a stopover in Sanya, where they spend an entire winter with local residents, many of whom are migrants themselves. Sanya River is a breath of fresh air after a tiring shopping excursion or even a reason on its own for a visit to the city.