Sanya is a laid back city on the southern tip of Hainan Island, and marks the southernmost point of China. Known as “China’s Hawaii”, Sanya features stunning beaches and a tropical climate. Enjoy seaside activities like swimming, scuba diving and sailing. Hike up the forested peaks of the city’s surrounding mountains and admire the lush tropical flora.

Unpack your bags and head to Dadonghai Beach to enjoy kilometers of white sand. Soak up Sanya’s famous sunshine, swim in the clear tropical waters and refresh yourself with a freshly cut coconut. If you’re feeling energetic, follow the esplanade trail east to the hilltop lookout enjoy views of the beach and surrounding mountains.

Explore Nanshan Temple, which features a monumental 108-metre (354-foot) statue of the bodhisattva Guan Yin. The temple grounds contain an expansive tropical garden dotted with shrines and statues dedicated to Buddha.

You’ll find beautiful forested parkland at the peak of Mount Luhuitou. This mountaintop also features magnificent views of the city and a monument to one of the region’s most famous love stories. For more great views, take a ride on China’s longest over-water cable car to Nanwan Monkey Island. Here you’ll meet hundreds of macaques roaming free in a dense jungle habitat.

Explore downtown Sanya to find a diverse range of souvenir shops selling artisanal crafts and gifts. Food vendors set up in the late afternoons, filling the streets with barbecue smoke as they grill freshly caught seafood. Seafood restaurants also line the beach and outdoor karaoke gets the party started as night falls.

Sanya Phoenix International Airport connects the area to other major cities around China. A high-speed train connects Sanya to Haikou and other cities along the east coast of Hainan Island. The city’s bus system is efficient and inexpensive. Many destinations around Sanya are also easy to reach by foot or taxi. The tropical climate keeps Sanya’s waters warm year-round.

Known for

Romantic, Scuba Diving and Jungles

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Where to stay in Sanya

Haitang District
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Trover photo by Andy Cao

Haitang District

Haitang District is a welcoming neighborhood.

Xiaodonghai
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Xiaodonghai

Natural Parks, Recreation, Relaxing

Xiaodonghai is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Tianya District
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Tianya District

Tianya District is a welcoming neighborhood.

Yazhou District
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Yazhou District

Yazhou District is a neighborhood that welcomes all visitors.

Top Hotels in Sanya

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Atlantis Sanya
5 out of 5
North Haitang Bei Road, Sanya
$273/night
Aug 1 - Aug 2
4.3/5Excellent! (71 reviews)

"Everything was amazing. Will definitely stay again."…"

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2019

Atlantis Sanya
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JW Marriott Hotel Sanya Dadonghai Bay
5 out of 5
88 Haiyun Road, Sanya
$75/night
Jul 25 - Jul 26
4.3/5Excellent! (115 reviews)

"Smell of cigarettes in a non smoking floor. Not hotel's fault but the guests."…"

Reviewed on Jul 13, 2019

JW Marriott Hotel Sanya Dadonghai Bay
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The Sanya EDITION
5 out of 5
No. 100 Haitang Road, Sanya
$183/night
Jul 30 - Jul 31
4.7/5Exceptional! (30 reviews)

"Fantastic service and overall facilities."…"

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2019

The Sanya EDITION

Popular things to do in Sanya

Nanshan Temple
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Nanshan Temple

This magnificent monument to Buddha and the bodhisattvas is located in an expansive seaside temple complex of beautiful tropical gardens and rolling, green hills.

Dadonghai Beach
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Dadonghai Beach

Enjoy the tropical atmosphere at Sanya’s favourite beach, complete with adventure tours, barbequed street food, upscale restaurants and mountain views.

Guanyin Statue of Hainan
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Guanyin Statue of Hainan

Admire this magnificent Buddhist statue of the mercy goddess Guan Yin, which towers above the South China Sea from a golden platform in the Nanshan temple complex.

Top activities in Sanya

Half Day Private Tour of Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park
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Half Day Private Tour of Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park

$104

Unlike Buddhist temples or mountains in other cities of China, Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park in Sanya is of more fresh looking where people could enjoy both the attractions of Buddhist culture and natural scenery.

Sanya Half Day Private Tour of Li & Miao Minority Park
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Sanya Half Day Private Tour of Li & Miao Minority Park

$106

Get to know Sanya, “the Hawaii of China” on this half-day private tour of Li and Miao Minority Park. Learn about the culture of the Li and Miao and enjoy a folk music and dance performance. Meet your driver in your hotel lobby and then travel directly to Binglanggu Li & Miao Minority Culture Park.

Sanya Phoenix Airport Same Day Luggage Services
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Sanya Phoenix Airport Same Day Luggage Services

$20

Get your baggage transported from airport to your accommodations (and vice versa) on the same day. Move around with more convenience without having to worry about carrying your heavy luggage around! LuggAgent provides “Same Day Luggage Delivery & Storage” between Airport/Hotel in over 50 cities worldwide.

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Kunming
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Tainan
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Visakhapatnam
Trover photo by Prithivi Raj