According to 2012 Comprehensive Evaluation of China Leisure City Development, Sanya has been awarded the title of Most Romantic Leisure City of 2012.

The selection was jointly arranged by the Leisure and Vacation Branch Association of China’s Tourism Association as well as authoritative tourism institutes and famous companies.

The selection covers the leisure indexes of 302 cities in China. The top ten have been titled ‘2012 China’s Best Leisure Cities’, and these include Hangzhou, Tsingtao, Chengdu, Yantai, Ningbo, Qinhuangdao, Xiamen, Huangshan, Lijiang and Wuhu.

Aside from this, the 2012 list for ‘China’s Leisure Cities with Special Characteristics’ was also unveiled. Sanya was awarded the title of ‘Most Romantic Leisure City’, Shanghai as the “Most Fashionable Leisure City, Tianjin as ‘China's Best Leisure Coastal City’, Yantai as the ‘Most Friendly Leisure City’, Beijing as the ‘Most Cultural Leisure City’, while Suzhou was given the title of the ‘Best Garden Leisure City’.

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