Sanya Bay

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.

Wednesday, 20 June, 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

Tropical delights thrill families

The first step off the plane in Sanya will let you know you're in the tropics. The second step will let you know that the beach is close by, and that's the key to the difference between 'tropical' and 'tropical paradise' - a constant, gentle ocean breeze.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Hainan a place of exile no more as white sands and blue water beckon for tourists

Records indicate that only 18 hardy souls toured the island of Hainan by choice during the 700-year period spanning the Song, Yuan and Ming dynasties.

Beyond the fringes of Han civilisation, Hainan was regarded as a godforsaken place of exile, home to barbarous head-hunting tribes and traitorous officials - certainly not a destination for a relaxing weekend break.

4 May 2008 - 12:00am

Be our guest

Unless you've cracked the secrets of time travel, Hawaii might be too far away for a long weekend. But what if Hawaii were right on your doorstep? Welcome to the 'Hawaii of the east' - Hainan, China's only tropical island and 50 minutes' from Hong Kong by air.

13 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

The world is welcome

FOR CENTURIES IT was the 'end of the Earth' - a place of banishment from the Chinese cultural heartland for disgraced and out-of-favour officials. Today, more than seven million tourists - about 95 per cent of them domestic - flock to Hainan Island every year.

3 Aug 2005 - 12:00am