Sanya is such a beautiful place to visit, it is known as the 'Hawaii of China' - beautiful sandy beaches, blue waters, plenty of coconut trees. If you squinted you would almost think you were in Hawaii except for all the Chinese people sunbathing, which was a slight surprise to me as most Chinese believe pale is beautiful... I was fortunate to take a break here for a week in a rented apartment with my other half and here are my highlights.
Deep sea diving - Sanya is known for being the best place in China for diving
Di E Shi Chang market - in true Chinese tradition the shopping experience here is rowdy and crowded but full of fresh, local produce
For amazing views take in the sunrise or sunset at The Love Hill at Luhuitou Park
Nanshan Minor and Major Caves are an alternative view of Sanya with archeological significance
Visit Sanya Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Tourism Zone, one of the largest cultural tourist attractions of its kind in China, including the three-sided statue of Guan Yin Buddha and beautiful Buddhist Temples
Have some fun with the Macaque monkeys at Nanwan Monkey Island on the south of Lingshui County
Get close to nature in the Yanuo Tropical Rainforest resort
Learn about the most amazing coral reef ecosystem at Sanya Coral Reef National Nature Reserve
Wuzhizhou Island in Haitang Bay has so many natural attractions to visit including the continue reading...
Head away from the hustle and bustle of the town and head to Dadonghai Beach - it still attracts the crowds during peak times, but it's a heavenly stretch of soft white sand, green trees and clear blue sea which will take you to a place of tranquility in no time.
Another haven is Nantian Hotspring, 67 health-giving bubble pools set among the natural bedrock. The pools here are different sizes and have different functions and you're guaranteed to feel rejuvenated after a visit.
As well as it's multitude of beaches, Sanya boasts some impressive shopping districts and being surrounded by water on three sides, it's no surprise that sea products are in abundance - souvenir shells, pearl and crystal and of course fresh seafood.
Jiefang Road and Hongqi Street are the main shopping districts and you'll find all major brands here, but for something more local visit The First Market, which is the biggest free market of agricultural products in Sanya City. You'll be able to browse fresh local produce including seafood and local fruits, such as durian, mangosteen, wampee, litchi, jackfruit and rose apple - and all at a delicious price too!