Sanya Travel Guide — Scenic Spots

Sanya, located at 18 degrees of north latitude, is the southernmost city of Hainan Island, China. It has a charming scenery and is like summer all the year round. Sanya, also known as "Oriental Hawaii", is regarded as one of the best tourist destinations in China.

Sanya is very famous for its beautiful sea scenery. Yalong Bay, Dadonghai and Sanya Bay are its three main seaside resorts. Palm tree forests can be found in many bay areas among which Coconut Dream Corridor is one of the most famous tourist attractions. Wuzhizhou Island and West Island are paradise for diving enthusiasts. In addition to the coastal scenery, Sanya has rich tropical rain forest resources, such as Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park, Yanoda Rain Forest Cultural Tourism Zone and Nanwan Monkey Island. Sanya also has many cultural attractions, such as the Nanshan Temple, Doingtian Park, Tianya Haijiao, Luhuitou Peak Park, Yazhou ancient city and so on. There are a number of scientific and cultural exhibition halls and parks in Sanya, such as Yalong Bay Shell Pavilion, Yalong Bay Butterfly Valley, Yalong Bay Undersea World, Sanya Fantasy Art Museum, etc.

Let’s take a look focusing on some of the hot scenic spots in Sanya.

Sanya Dadonghai Scenic Spot

You must enjoy the cool sea water and soft beach when come to Sanya. Dadonghai is such a great place to go. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides and by sea on one side with a 2.9 km long coastline. The beach there is surrounded by rows of green coconut trees. Blue sky, clear sea water, green coconut, white beach -- these unique beauties attract tourists to come and experience. In winter, people can still swim in the sea, lie on the beach or bask in the sun. Water temperature is at about 18 to 22 degrees in winter. "Warm water, white sand, flat beach" are the features of Dadonghai which made it the winter swimming resort and the earliest developed beach resort in Sanya.


Warm water    White sand    Flat beach


Facilities on the beach is very completed.

Coconut trees grow on both sides of the road near the sea, and it’s cool and comfortable even in summer walking along the road.


Caution when you play with water

Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park

Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park is located 25 kilometers southeast of Sanya covering a total area of 1506 hectares. It is divided into east and west park. Yalong Bay Tropical Paradise Forest Park is rich in diversity, complex in forest structure and colorful in seasonal changes. There are more than 30 kinds of mammals, 60 kinds of amphibians and reptiles, 100 species bird species mainly including wild boars, monkeys, snakes, small civets, chameleons and so on.


An eye-catching stone standing at the gate of the scenic spot

Orchid Valley is one of the must go places for tourists.


Beautiful orchid in the scenic spot

White doves in the scenic spot


An overlook of Sanya on top of the mountain


The famous "bird's nest" in the scenic spot

Lover’s Bridge


Swimming pool hidden among the mountains

Nanshan Temple Scenic Spot

Nanshan Temple is in Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone which is located on 40 kilometers west of Sanya, Hainan Province. It covers an area of 400 hectares, and buildings in this area are in Tang dynasty style. If you want to experience a broad Buddhist culture, Nanshan Temple is the place you have to go.


Nanshan Temple is the terminal station of No.16 bus.

Visitors can come to pray at the bell.


Free Life Pond embodies the teachings of Buddhism.


Thousand-hand Guanyin


Beautiful scenery in the scenic spot

Buddhist architecture with typical Southeast Asian style


Nanhai Guanyin is the world's largest white Guanyin statue in the world.


Nanhai Gunyin under the sunset


The Lotus throne under Nanhai Guanyin is ten meters high with four layers. Each layer has the 27 same lotus petals with 108 in total.

Sanya Songcheng Ice World

Sanya, as the southernmost tropical seaside tourism city in China, has become the first choice for people to enjoy the sunshine and beach. But I want to say that in Sanya you can also play snow and skating. In Lucheng City which is like summer all the year round, the Ice world will make you feel the excitement with strong comparison between ice and fire.


Entrance of Sanya Ice world, a feeling of movie Frozen.


First you will enter the Nordic town. On the left side of the hut, there are free down jackets for you to take.


Isn’t it very fantasy with all the colorful lights on?


The Ice World was divided into four thematic parts including ice skating part, snow skating part, ice sculpture viewing part and snow playing part.


The two long skating slides are the most popular program for tourists which can let them enjoy the pleasantly cool in the hot summer.

Warm Remind:

  1. If you are wearing shorts in the Ice World, we suggestyou to rent a pair of kneepads.
  2. If you boughtthe ticket package, we suggest you to go to Ice World first and then the outdoor activities. Do not enter the Ice World with sweat clothes.

Wuzhizhou Island

Sanya Wuzhizhou Island, which gathered romance, leisure and vacation, is located in Haitang Bay to the north of Sanya. Wuzhizhou Island is 2.7 km away from the coastline with an area of 1.48 square kilometers. It is in an irregular butterfly shape, 1400 meters long from west to east, 1100 meters wide from north to south.

Lots of entertainments are available on the island, such as diving by the shore, diving off the shore, motorboat, banana boat, parasailing, fishing and so on. Every Saturday, the island will have an open air cinema. Wuzhizhou Island is definitely a great place for recreation and leisure.


Because the distance between Wuzhizhou Island and Sanya is far, people have to take a ferry to get there.


Standing on the edge of the pier, you can see the clear water and feel the soft sand.


After getting on the island, you can choose to walk or take the sightseeing bus.

Small fish massage on the island


Girls with bright clothes on the island

There are many chairs on the beach. Even if you do nothing, just lying here and watching the blue sky and sea is a very enjoyable thing.


A glance on the island


Lover’s Bridge


Watch the sea, step on the sand and pick up shells


If you are tired, sit in the shade, enjoy the sea breeze and drink a cool coconut.


Trip Package
China Jiangxi and Sanya 12 Days Trip $399
Jiangxi: historical and cultural ancient villages,
Sanya: taichi experience and beach relax.

St.Regis Sanya Salong Bay Resort


The Westin Blue Bay Resort