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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.
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Jianfengzhen, Ledong, Hainan, China, 572542
About an hour or two west of Sanya city is Jianfeng mountain, a national park reserve of beautiful rain forest, clean air, and amazing wildlife. It's around a two-hour hike up to the peak (or you can try to catch a motorbike or car); once there,...
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Haitang, Sanya, Hainan, China
Fish spas are a fun experience, especially taking someone who has never been. Shenzhou First Hot Springs Resort has a nice fish spa, but also has a beer pool and a milk pool. Actually, it has dozens of different hot springs, including traditional...
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Sanyawan Rd, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China
At around 25 kilometers, this public beach is a must-visit, though be warned that it gets very crowded and is therefore not the best spot for water sports. In my opinion, it's much better to visit at night, when locals dance on the beach and you...
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San Ya He Xi Lu, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China
Sanya is a wonderful place to go cycling. It's a destination spot for a lot of pro riders, who whiz around town. Most of the bike shops are located at Sanya Hexi Lu/Sanya River East Road, though many of the hostels also have bike rental. Expect to...
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155 Xinjian St, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 572000
I think there's no better way to plunge into Chinese daily life than visiting a wet market, although foreigners might find it a raw and visceral experience. Sanya's market is better than most, for the fresh seafood. There are only a few creatures...
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Xin Min Jie, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 572000
Let me preface this by saying this is a tough restaurant to go to if you don't speak Chinese, though you can probably get by with a lot of pointing and smiling. This restaurant is #147, at the end of Xinmin Street. The staff will offer to take you...
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Hong Sha Ma Tou, Jiyang Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China
For fresh seafood, there's nothing better than eating on a fishing boat—or a raft. After taking a taxi to the Hongsha docks, a fisherman will give you a ride to the raft in his speedboat. The raft is a bit ramshackle, with wooden boards set up so...
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China, Hainan, Sanya Shi, Jiyang Qu, 海花路19 邮政编码: 572000
DaDongHai is a haven for Russians escaping their brutal winter, so it's no surprise to find a great Russian restaurant in Sanya. There's very solid Russian food and authentic vodka. Fried dumplings, borscht, and chicken soup with meatballs are all...
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Yuya Rd, Jiyang Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 572000
It's not surprising that a holiday spot like Sanya has a rowdy bar street. Times Coast blasts classic rock and Lady Gaga day and night, and locals and visitors dance on the bars on every night of the week. Rainbow Bar and Grill is my favorite, but...
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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...
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Hong Qi Jie, Tianya Qu, Sanya Shi, Hainan Sheng, China, 572000
There's a different set of rules when you go on a beach vacation. For example, it's not just allowed, but practically mandatory to buy a tacky $5 shirt in a colorful flower print. An oversized hat to protect from the sun and some shell jewelry can...
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Sanya, China
When souvenir shopping in Sanya, try to buy something from the older men and women who peddle trinkets down by the beach. Chances are that this is their only source of income, and they may have even collected the shells and strung them together...