Excursion and activity recommendations for travellers in Sanya
Hainan Yalong Bay is where most of the activity takes place. The beach town located in the northeast region of Sanya is home to four and five-star hotels and resorts, duty free shops and luxury retailers, making Yalong Bay a haven for shoppers looking for luxury items, signature spa treatments and a little seclusion from the chaos of China’s bustling cities.
In Yalong Bay Square, don’t miss the famous totem on which the gods of sun, wind, rain and thunder are engraved, embodying ancient Chinese civilizations.
A trip to "The End of The Earth" (Tian Ya Hai Jiao) is a must-see for travelers. The most famous beach spot on Hainan Island is surrounded by blue water, a lush coconut tree forest and white sand beaches. The landscape is said to symbolize Chinese hallmarks of friendship, love and life.
Spare one day for a tour to a tropical rainforest on Mount Wuzhi, Mount Diaoluo or Mount Qianxianling, or hike to Wuzhi Mountain. The waterfalls are awe-inspiring, and the most adventurous travelers will have the opportunity to float down the mountain streams.
Like any good island, nightlife abounds when the sun goes down. Taste your way through the 24-hour night markets or indulge in some of the beach pubs in Sanya Bay, Dadong Hai Bay and Yalong Bay. Each hotel in Yalong Bay has restaurants or bars offering evening entertainment, or head to Time Coast Bar Street in downtown Sanya for late-night revelry at Mingjian Pub or Noah’s Ark, just to name a few.
Don’t forget to bring a little bit of Sanya home with you. There’s plenty of souvenirs—from jade dragons to pearl earrings—to be purchased, or try recreating a little taste of Sanya in your kitchen. Southwick shared a few of his secret Sanya recipes with us, and paired them up with some local wines for a first-class dining experience.