Sanya is the southernmost city in China and is a part of Hainan Province. It is the second most populous city on Hainan island. The city is renowned for its tropical climate and has emerged as a popular tourist destination.
Known as "China's Hawaii", Sanya has 20km long stretches of beach. As the only tropical city across the coastline, it is packed with a lot of water sports such as snorkeling and jet-skiing, rainforest hiking, and innumerable hotels. Its islands and beaches are beautiful and water quality in Yalong Bay and Dadonghai are mostly clear enough for swimming. Visitors may also want to head to Wuzhizhou Island or further north to visit unspoiled and natural scenery.
Things to See & Do
* Guanyin Statue of Hainan
* Yalong Bay
* Deer Turning Head Park
* Wuzhizhou Island
* Nanshan Temple
Cruise Season – Jan - Dec
Currency – Chinese Yuan (CNY)
Language – Mandarin
Population – 600,000 approx
Land Area – 1,919.6 km²
Electricity – 2 perpendicular flat pins USA style or with a round pin below
Time - GMT plus eight hours
International Country Telephone Code – + 86
Port Location – The port at Sanya is approximately 4 km from the city centre of Sanya.
Travel Links – Sanya has an airport with flights to most major Chinese cities such as Guangzhou or Hong Kong.
The 3.5 hour bus ride from Haikou will cost about ¥80. Buses between Haikou and Sanya depart about every 30 minutes; the last bus from Sanya to Haikou departs around 11PM.
Sanya can be reached directly by train from Beijing (35 hours), Shanghai (36 hours) and Guangzhou (15 hours). The whole train is loaded on to a ferry for the journey from mainland China to the Island, then continues its journey around the west coast as far as Sanya.
Important Visa Information
Australian and New Zealand passport holders staying on board or going ashore to visit any Chinese ports are required to obtain a single-entry Chinese visa (3 month validity) prior to travel. We recommend you include a copy of your itinerary with your application and confirm the expiration of the visa at the time of issue to ensure that it is valid for your stay in China. Visas cannot be issued upon the ship’s arrival. Please note that any passengers not in possession of a Chinese visa may be denied boarding or incur a fine.