About Sanya

Sanya is a tropical city at 18 degrees north latitude and it is the southernmost tip of Hainan Island in China. It’s one of the most charming scenic areas in the world where tourists are always attracted by its sunshine, the ocean, its mysterious seabed, natural ecology environment and absolute tropical style.
Sanya prides itself in having an advantaged coastal location and the best living environment in China, which earns it much praise from all over the world, being known by such names as “Oxygen Bar of the world” and “East Hawaii”. It simultaneously owns sunshine, sea water, sand, tropical climate, tropical forest, animals, hot springs, caverns, Pastoral and ethnic cultures – tourists find it hard to tear themselves away from this city.

Sanya creates a legend of health and longevity. In 2003, SARS brought China a crop of misfortunes and attacked nearly all the cities, but only Sanya successfully escaped from the disaster count due to its sound ecological environment. This city is young and very promising, and it always offers open arms to give the world a hug.

Population and Nationality

In Sanya, there are over 20 nationalities living in compact communities. By the end of 2005, the permanent population of the city had reached 524,000.

Sanya’s public language is Mandarin and the local language is the Hainan dialect. In history, Hainan was once a county of the Guangdong Province, so some locals can speak Cantonese. Besides, Sanya’s minorities have their own ethnic languages, such as Jun, Mai, Li, Huihui, Danzhou and Danjia, amongst others.


Sanya is the southernmost city in Hainan province, China. It has an area of 1919.6 square kilometers. With six gorgeous bays, it boasts the best white-sand beaches and turquoise sea water in Asia. This coastal city is nestling amongst hills, with two quiet rivers running through it. Several little islands are scattered in the South Sea off the city. The highest elevation of Sanya is the Luhuitou Peak Park that overlooks the whole city.

The southern coast has several sandy beaches. Yalong, Dadonghai (grand east sea), Sanya, Haitang, and Yazhou are the five major bays in Sanya. At the southernmost point is Jingmu Cape, which is a popular sunset viewing point.

There are several coral islands to the south of Sanya, the Wuzhizhou Island lies near Haitang Bay, and the West Island is near Sanya Bay. Both islands are suitable for diving.

How to get to Sanya

Flight – the quickest way to get here!
Train – the most beautiful route through China
Automobile – the broadest network of roads
Ship – the most comfortable trip
Europe and America Regions
Flight: Britain, Germany and other parts of Europe and America have charter flights for tourism to Sanya, via transit from Shanghai, Beijing and others;
Cruise: European and American visitors could arrive in HongKong or other parts of Asia, then by cruise to Sanya.
Flight: direct charter flights are now available from Moscow, St. Peterburg, Novosibirsk.
Japan & South Korea
Flight: Regular tour charter flights exist from Seoul to Sanya;
Cruise: Japan, South Korea visitors can take the three major cruise lines to Asia, then transit to Sanya.
HongKong & Macao
Flight: Daily flights from HongKong to Sanya, a range of 80 minutes;
Cruise: The Star Virgo of HongKong Star Cruise Group has opened its regular cruise from Hong-Kong-Sanya-HongKong route;Italian Coasta Cruise also opened route from HongKong to Sanya.

For travel to Sanya, visitors are required to have a visa. Please contact your local visa bureau or Chinese embassy in your country to enquire about your requirements and make the necessary arrangements prior to travelling.

How to travel around Sanya

We suggest you take public bus in the city. There is a sight-seeing bus that can bring you to each scenic spot. Another relaxing option is self-drive car hire or take a taxi for the most convenience trip. And finally go by bicycle for the best tour vehicle close to natur

External Links

  • Sanya Official Tourist Website (Chinese only) www.sanyatour.com
  • Fun Travel – For hotel booking and tour products (Chinese only) www.fanlv.net
  • Hainan Online – Hainan provincial news and information (Chinese only) www.hainan.net
  • Nanhai News – Hainan news forum (Chinese only) www.hinews.cn
  • Hainan Holiday – Tourist information (Chinese and English) www.hiholiday.com
  • Bus-7 BBS – a forum for university students (Chinese only) www.bus-7.com