Sanya for Families
Collected by Jake Green
Situated at the southern tip of Hainan—often referred to as "the Hawaii of China"—Sanya is a resort boomtown that offers great weather, beautiful beaches, plenty of water sports, and an abundance of tropical fruit and seafood.
Jiyang, Sanya, China
I really liked stopping in this museum. It's a fun place, especially to take kids. Even if you only spend a half-hour or so there, make sure to see the world's largest shell (supposedly). The gift shop is a great place to buy inexpensive shells...
Yalong Bay, Jiyang, Sanya, China
Yalong Bay translates as Asia Dragon Bay, and is a 7.5-kilometer beach area. A lot of people describe it as "Hawaii-like," with gorgeous scenery, coral reefs, and crystal-clear water. The bay has numerous recreational facilities, hosts major...
225 National Rd, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China
Sanya Tropical Ocean World is like a less flashy version of Sea World in the United States—with a Chinese twist. I like the aquarium area the best, because it's a peaceful respite from the hot outdoor weather. It's a great place to spend an...
Wuzhizhou, Haitang, Sanya, China
This island is a must-visit. There are many sights to check out, including: the Goddess Matsu Temple, the Lover's Bridge, Sunrise Rock, the Gold Turtle Stretching toward the Sea, Lover's Island, and the Life Well. Sunrise Rock in particular is an...
China, Hainan, Sanya Shi, Jiyang Qu, Luhuitou Rd, 河东区鹿回头半岛
Sanya is home to a world-class yacht marina, which hosts frequent yacht racing competitions such as the Volvo Ocean Race. The yachts are astonishing: incredibly expensive and simply beautiful. You can ask at your hotel or consult a Sanya event...
88 Sanyawan Rd, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 572000
Like many tourist destinations, Sanya can be a tricky place to find good food at reasonable prices. It's not surprising that many people end up eating at Casa Mia several times over their visits. The owner, Benny, takes great care to provide good...
Nanbianhai Rd, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 572000
Hainan's famous chicken dish is known throughout China, Singapore, and Malaysia. It is actually a national dish in Singapore—but the original is from Sanya. The dish is known as "Wenchang chicken," which is also the name of the chicken itself. It...
Tianya, Sanya, Hainan, China, 572000
Sanya is well-known for its fresh, tropical fruit. Back in Minnesota, you'd pay $5 for a flavorless mango; who knows how many weeks old? In Sanya, you can buy them for a dollar a pound, and eat them until you get sick. When I was at university in...
466 Jiefang Rd, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 572000
For me, checking out locally produced tea is a must, wherever I am in China. It's nice to mentally slow down and sit for an hour at the tea merchant's hand-carved tea table, sampling a variety of tea. Hainan Specialty Tea Market is a good spot to...
1 Haiyun Rd, Jiyang Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China
Many of us have those overwhelming moments while traveling when we say, "That's it! I can't deal!" We run off to hide somewhere familiar for an hour, to recover from the culture shock. If this happens to you, Summer Mall is your best bet. It's a...
33 Hairun Rd, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 572000
Did you know that Chiarman Mao's coffin was built with Hainan crystal? So it's no surprise that Sanya is famous for its crystals. Everyone here also says that crystals have health benefits, if you believe in that sort of thing. Since convincing...
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