Friday, May 14, 2010

Destination of the Week...

In recent years the Chinese government has been trying to turn Sanya into an international resort destination. Once the place where exiles were sent, it still has a long way to go before reaching such acclaim, which is both a good and bad thing. The good being that there is still plenty of uninfluenced local culture, but the bad being the same reason. Sanya is home to an active naval base, so, men in uniform, prostitutes, and fisherman all mingle together at night, making for interesting people watching in the city center. Sanya is located on the Southern tip of Hainan Island, and therefore has stunning natural beauty, like tropical white sand beaches and warm blue waters that offer great snorkeling and scuba diving in the South China Sea. Most budget travelers skip Yalong Bay and head to the cleaner and less expensive Dadonghai Beach for relaxation and water sports. There are plenty of sights to visit, bars, restaurants serving up delicious and exotic seafood, shops, and even a golf course. Many visitors take the short trip to “The End of the Earth” and “The Corner of The Sea”; two enormous natural rock formations that are impressive enough to be featured on the back of some of China’s money. For those looking to purchase fancy gifts for the folks back home, there is even a saltwater Pearl Farm. For gifts with more “character”, shop at the local night market while you soak up its lively atmosphere.

Some people recommend visiting Sanya only with an organized group, and only if you speak the local language, but as with many cities, if you are careful and keep your wits about you, you should be just fine. There are many ways to get to Sanya, including flights from nearly every major city in southern Asia, and buses from Haikou. Regardless of how you get there or how long you stay, as long as you’re careful and pay attention to your surroundings, you’ll have a great, relaxing beach vacation in Sanya!

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