Sanya scuba tours accused of price gouging with photo packages

Hainan island is a popular destination for mainland Chinese and overseas tourists during the Lunar New Year. Photo: Xinhua

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.

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Hainan farmers protest decades-long land dispute

Farmers kneel and hold up placards reading "return our land, we need food" outside Sanya government offices to protest a 1991 land grab. Photo: SCMP Pictures

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

Coastal attractions

Sanya has come a long way from the relaxing beachside town it was just a few years ago. In keeping with fast-paced development, the list of things to do while in Sanya is also quickly expanding. Chinese and foreign tourists are not always satisfied sitting around digging their bare feet into the sand. Sometimes they want to get out there and do something, and Sanya is beginning to accommodate.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Tourism holds key to growth

While the travel industry in Sanya generally performed well last year, with an increase of about 15 per cent in overnight visitors and tourism revenue, the government and the private sector are seeking ways to boost business, as indications are that the low season may have come earlier this year.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Sun, sea and sand

Sanya is China's most popular holiday destination and a welcome escape from breakneck development. Some of the country's best beaches line the southern coast of Hainan Island, stretching west and east from the city. The sands are yellow and fine, making for relaxing late night walks and cosy daytime digs under a parasol.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Bounties of the ocean on every street corner

Sanya is seafood heaven. The warm waters of the South China Sea provide Sanya's tables with dozens of excellent dishes, with hele crab, abalone and sea cucumber among the most popular.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Island offers life of leisure

Luxury properties in Sanya remain attractive to buyers at home and abroad, with their resort-like lifestyle, beautiful surroundings and abundance of outdoor leisure activities.

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am