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  • Sep 21, 2014
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Sanya scuba tours accused of price gouging with photo packages

Diving packages, priced at 400 yuan to 500 yuan, would usually include “some photos”, but tour operators would often make visitors pay more for separate photo packages.

Monday, 18 February, 2013, 5:07pm 2 comments

Hainan farmers protest decades-long land dispute

Dozens of farmers in Hainan Island’s capital Sanya knelt in front of the city’s government offices last month to protest against a court ruling on a 1991 land seizure they felt was unjust.

9 Jan 2013 - 3:14pm

Visitors get in the swing

Among Sanya's rich collection of leisure activities, golf may well be the resort haven's crown jewel. More than a dozen premier golf courses are situated within 90 minutes of the city.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

City's name makes waves around the world

After battling fierce winds in the Atlantic Ocean, the 11-man crew of Team Sanya completed the eighth leg of the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race from Lisbon in Portugal to Lorient, France.

The race, which began in Alicante, Spain in October last year, spans 10 cities over eight months on four continents, finishing in Galway, Ireland next month.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Visitor numbers hit by diverse factors

Sanya's hospitality sector has had a relatively quiet few months, with hotels in Yalong Bay and downtown reacting to a number of key issues.

Mark Holmes, general manager of the Park Hyatt, which is under construction, has been keeping his ear to the ground.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

New resort and spa adds to area's attractions

With a 25km stretch of beach, Sanya Bay is the oldest resort area in Sanya, although in recent years it has been overshadowed by new hotel developments in Yalong Bay and Haitang Bay.

Like their counterparts at Yalong Bay and Haitang Bay, hotels in Sanya Bay have also seen a decline in visitors recently and are stepping up their promotional efforts in the coming months.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lines are drawn in battle for the coast

A 22km stretch of coastline along Haitang Bay is set to be the next battlefield for top-tier hotels in Sanya. This piece of real estate is poised to become a high-end leisure and resort area.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


St Regis to host Full Moon Beach Party

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Hospital to boost medical travel

The state-of-the-art Chinese PLA General Hospital Hainan Sub-Hospital at Haitang Bay is expected to give a boost to the development of medical tourism in Sanya.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Saving money creates a picture of happiness

As China's only tropical city, Sanya has become a favourite spot for destination weddings and honeymoons. A typical wedding has 'somewhere between 50 and 200 guests in the cooler months, from October to March', says Paul Jackson, general manager of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Sanya.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am