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The bright sun, blue water and wide beaches in Sanya, the southernmost part of the Chinese province of Hainan, attract many tourists year after year. They say that Sanya has the cleanest and the most beautiful beaches in all of China. All the activities in so called 'East Hawaii' are water related. In general, the city is well known and popular as a coastal tourist city with a favorable climate, clean air and good service.
Sanya Phoenix International Airport is located about 15 km from Sanya city, it's the main tourist hub on the island of Hainan. Although it is quite small, it manages to serve up to 20 million passengers a year.
The airport is not yet 30 years old. Thanks to this, it is fully consistent with modern ideas about passenger comfort. It has comfortable waiting rooms, a lot of shops and a well-functioning internal infrastructure.
The airport is located very close to the city center, so getting out of it will not be difficult.
In just 15 minutes, bus number 8 takes you from the airport parking lot to the city. It is a pleasure of only 1.5 dollars. Buses run from 6:00 to 22:30.
Sanya is a favorite resort for the Chinese themselves. They come here in droves from all over the country from November to February. But not only the locals choose Sanya.The inhabitants of the cold part of Russia come here also with great pleasure. Therefore, signs and menus are usually duplicated also in Russian. And only in some places English also appear.
Why is Sanya so fond of the inhabitants of cold regions? First of all, for year-round temperature at about 25 degrees heat. In the second, it’s possible to have a great rest and at the same time get acquainted with Chinese culture. Moreover, all this is quite affordable.
You must definitely start the trip to Sanya with this. Yes, there are all the attributes of a classic holiday that you will find around the world: in Thailand, the Philippines, and Cyprus. But there is something that distinguishes Sanya from all other beaches — it is clean here. Although some say that the poor Chinese go to Sanya, and the rich go to Samui, nevertheless it is the poor who get the cleanest water and sand in this case.
Once there was a huge cluster of 40 volcanoes. And now it is a large natural Haukou Geopark. People here live in the so-called “lava villages”, each house in which is built of volcanic rocks. Tourists can walk here through lava caves or even climb to the top of an extinct volcano on the way to the crater itself.
Different ethnic groups of people lived in Hainan historically. There lived up to 36 minority groups. A variety of museums tell how they lived together and what they brought to the provincial culture. One of the most interesting and oldest is the Binglang Museum near Sanya. Its territory is approximately equal to 600 football fields. An entire village has been recreated here with its traditions, customs, way of life and even fashion. The museum regularly hosts live performances, telling the story of the area.
To try all the local food, just find Qilou Snack Street in Haikou. There is a 3-storey building filled with grocery stores and small cafes. All of them sell their specialties from morning to evening, and at the same time you can eat in a spacious outdoor recreation area among Chinese families.
Start your day as locals with a portion of spring rolls; meat and vegetables are wrapped in rice paper, served with soy or spicy sauce.
For lunch, order one of the most popular local dishes — chicken Venchan. It is made of yellow-skinned chickens, which takes on color thanks to the seeds of the banyan plant in the bird's diet. The bird is pickled in spices and orange juice, and then cooked until tenderness. Alternatively, try Dongshan lamb in coconut milk or Jiaji duck, which is steamed and served with ginger. And gourmets will be interested in trying the local crab cooked in a special way.
From sweets, be sure to try the Hainan mango. Fresh slices of mango are wrapped in rice paper and covered with mango sauce. And if it is very hot, try sorbets: fruits of your choice are mixed with condensed milk, and then frozen right in front of you.