Sanya, a bird sanctuary and bird watching paradise for tourists
Sanya attracts growing number of bird lovers each year. This popular family-friendly tropical tourist city boasts wonderful environment and plenty of food for birds. Robert Swinhoe, an early birder who was a British consul in Amoy (modern-day Xiamen) around 1850s, made the first systematical birdwatching and recording on Hainan Island. Nowadays, more and more people join the group of bird lovers. They enjoy watching birds, recording their varieties, capturing beautiful pictures of the local birds.
Lovers of birds can find various birds living along the stunningly beautiful rivers that running through the city, in the mangrove wood at the river banks. Sanya River and Linchun River, together with many lovely ponds and little hills form an intriguing bird-friendly eco-system that can be seen and explored.
Sanya is a sanctuary for an enormous range of birds. It is also the breeding ground for many rare birds. At present the birds that can be seen in Sanya mainly consist of egretta garzetta, ardeola bacchus, bubulcus ibis, white-rumped shama, pale blue-flycatcher, hainan blue-flycatcher，green-billed malkoha, and red-headed trogon.
Sanya has grown to offer its visitors more than just a chance to catch a glimpse of beautiful birds. It offers many good places for you to have a wonderful carefree lesure time to gaze at those birds for hours.
Average bird lovers can make the most out of the visit to Sanya conveniently staying by Sanya River while they enjoy the delicious local food and snacks and watch the egretta garzetta by the mangrove woods along the river. With careful plan, professional bird watchers can even venture into the forest area adjacent to Sanya and enjoy the fun of adventures.
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