San Ya




The ancient name of Sanya is Yazhou (literally means cliff state). Her history can be dated back to Qin Dynasty (221 BC - 206 BC, more than 2200 years ago). Since then, it is always within the territory of the following dynasties of China. Being the tropical Ultima Thule of China, it is so remote from the capital of China. Therefore it is always called Tianyahaijiao, which means the end of the sky and ocean in Chinese. Some Prime ministers in various dynasties were here in exile. In Tang Dynasty,  an enlightened monk named Jiangzhen accidently sailed here and used this place as one of his harbors for his long Buddhism-missionary journey to Japan.


Sanya is the southernmost city in Hainan province, China. It has an area of 1919.6 square kilometers.  With six gorgeous bays, it boasts the best white-sand beach and turquoise sea water in Asia. This coastal city is nestling among hills, with two quiet rivers running through it. Several little islands are scattered in the South Sea off the city.  The highest elevation of Sanya is the Luhuitou Peak Park that overlooks the whole city.


The southern coast has several sandy beaches. Yalong, Dadonghai (grand east sea), Sanya, Haitang, and Yazhou are the five major bays in Sanya. At the southernmost point is Jingmu Cape, which is a popular sunset viewing point.



Sanya Bay


Sanya Bay is only a stone’s throw away from the downtown area of Sanya. Stretching from Sanya Harbor and Phoenix Island to Tianya Bay, it is about 22 kilometers long. The eastern part of the Sanya bay is the south edge of Sanya downtown area. This part of the beach is a best place for local people to have morning exercises and dancing practice at nights because there are several squares or gardens in this part. It is also suitable for taking a casual stroll along the beach with a pair of slippers in the morning or at the evening for the local people or tourists who want to have fun on beach and enjoy the convenience of being close to dynamic downtown life. Along the western part of Sanya bay lies the 17.8-kilometer Palm Tree Dream Avenue. On one side of the avenue is the area for star-rated hotels and modern beach-front residential blocks. On the other side of the avenue is the dream-like palm-fringed beach which is not as crowded as the beaches in Dadonghai Bay or Yalong Bay. You can also have a swim light-heartedly here in the save area in the sea marked by the star-rated hotels nearby.



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