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Sanya Travel Destinations

Sanya Tour & Resorts

Sanya is a very famous coastal tourist city of China. It is located at the south end of the Hainan Island, and the city has a population of over 500,000. Sanya was originally known as Yazhou with its history dating back to the Qin Dynasty (221 - 206 BC). Because it's located far from the political centers of China, it was referred to as Tianya Haijiao meaning being at the edge of sky and the end of the ocean. Today, there is a very popular tourist destination in Sanya named Tianya Haijiao.

Sanya is one of the cleanest cities in China, and is praised for its clean air and waters. The ocean waters are crystal clear, and the skies are beautiful free from pollution. Sanya boasts soft sandy beaches, brilliant sunshine, crystal clear waters, and seafood that you can't get enough of. There are many interesting and beautiful tour destinations in Sanya, and we'll list a few of them here.

Sanya Yalong Bay Beach

Yalong Bay (Yalong Wan) is one of the most popular scenic spots in Sanya. It is world famous for its sand beaches and crystal clear waters. The entire Yalong Bay area is full of five star hotels and resorts that are built along the beach. Yalong Bay is located about 25 kilometers from Sanya city - roughly a 25 to 30 minute taxi ride. The Yalong Bay tourist resort was established in October 1992, and it has been developed into a world class tourist resort since then.

One of the key landmarks of Yalong Bay is the Yalong Bay Central Square - at it's center is a 26.80 meter stone totem pole.

sanya yalong bay central square
The stone totem pole at Yalong Bay central square. There is also a seashell exhibition hall and a butterfly valley for tourists to visit.

sanya yalong bay beach
That's me on the beach in the blue short sleeve - at the Yalong Bay Central Square beach.

Sanya Tianya Haijiao and Nanhai Guanyin Tour

Tianya Haijiao is located west of Sanya city. It is a beautiful scenic spot that makes it one of the must visit spots of Sanya. It opened in 1988, and the name Tianya Haijiao means the edge of the sky and end of the ocean - symbolizing being far and distant. The scenic spot is right on the beach and tourists can take a long walk on the beautiful beach before they come up to the large rock formations that has "Tianya" and "Haijiao" inscribed in it. See photo below:

tianya haijiao
The rock in this photo has the words "Tian Ya" inscribed on it.

Not far from Tianya Haijiao is the Nanhai Guanyin. It is a popular tour destination of Sanya meaning Guanyin of the South Sea. The main attraction here is the 108 meter statue of the Guanyin that is built on the ocean. The gigantic statue has three faces - one faces inland and the other two sides facing the sea. Construction took six years and it was enshrined on April 24, 2005. This is a must see if you ever visit Sanya.

sanya nanhai guanyin


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