Sanya to boost TCM tourism as its new drawing card
The health sector may be a new growth engine for Sanya’s tourism industry.
The local government has adopted the goal of developing Sanya into a health city — a Chinese medicine health care and recovery city that can obtain international fame and popularity.
Due to multiple factors, such as favorable natural and medical conditions as well as increasing market demand, Sanya has been a pioneer in the health sector.
Sanya TCM Hospital is one of the best-known TCM health recovery institutions among Russian tourists. It is also among the first institutions in Hainan to promote the various TCM therapies available, such as acupuncture, massage and cupping therapy, in order to attract more tourists.
Since its establishment in 2002, the hospital treats 3,000 foreign patients a year. As of this March, the hospital has received over 30,000 overseas patients, mainly from Germany, Austria, Norway, Russia and some Central Asian nations.
Sanya has many natural resources for the development of medical tourism, with mineral hot springs and lush forests with high-oxygen content. Some of its natural resources are also used for some traditional Chinese medicine.