Tianya Haijiao (literally'edge of the sky, rim of the sea') 天涯海角
Tianya Haijiao, a romantic and beautiful scenic spot, lies to the west of Sanya City, Hainan Province. It receives many visitors from home and abroad every year since its open in 1988. It also attracts thousands of young lovers from every corner of the world to hold their wedding ceremonies here.
Tianya Haijiao means 'the furthermost part of the sky and the sea' in Chinese, suggesting an unattainable place. In the past, Chinese people believed that the sky was square and the earth was round. Therefore there was definitely a furthermost part of the sky and the earth. Hainan Province, the southernmost part of China, was believed to be the location of Tianya Haijiao.
Yalong Bay (Asian Dragon Bay) 亚龙湾
Yalong Bay (Asian Dragon Bay) boasts unparalleled beauty. The 7.5-kilometer (4.7-mile) long, crescent-shaped bay with an area of about 18.6 square kilometers (7.2 square miles) is one of the famous scenic spots in Hainan Province.
With the average temperature of a pleasant 78 °F (25.5 °C) all year round, Yalong Bay is situated in the southernmost part of Hainan Province, about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) away from the tropical seaside tourist city, Sanya. The scenery is amazing, with endless rolling hills, serene gulfs, clear blue sea and silvery sand beaches - three times as long as any in Hawaii. Home to several well-preserved coral reefs with tropical fish of varied kinds, colors and shapes, the ocean here is crystal clear, allowing visitors to view underwater sights up to 10 meters (33 feet) deep from the surface.
Yalong Bay boasts the five essential elements of modern tourism: sea, sands, sunshine, lush green plants and fresh air. In 1992, the Secretary - General of the World Tourism Organization once marked that this bay embraces the unique and unparalleled natural settings, sands, crystal sea water, endless seashore, unspoiled hills and pristine vegetation, making it a paradise for holiday travelers.
Sanya Dadonghai Scenic Area is one of the three most popular tropical seaside tourism areas in Sanya Hainan along with Sanya Bay and Yalong Bay. It is the first free open scenic area in Sanya. This scenic area lies between Tuwei Hill and Luhuitou Hill, about 2.5 miles (4km) southeast of downtown Sanya. Particularly favorable natural conditions, combined with convenient transport and perfect amenities, make Dadonghai an ideal destination for your holidays.
Sanya Bay 三亚湾
Sanya Bay, along with the Yalong Bay and Dadonghai, is an ideal place for vacationing and leisure in Sanya Hainan. The bay is surrounded by beautiful tropical scenery and a never-ending view of the sea. The crystal clear blue sea stretches to the edge of the sky, while the waves lap the soft white sand.
Lying to the west of the city center, it boasts the longest coastline, stretching as long as 14 miles (about 20 kilometers). The bay can be divided into three parts, the eastern part is the Sightseeing Zone with the long Coconut Dream Corridor, the middle part is the Outdoor Bathing Zone, and the western part is the Leisure and Pleasure Zone with a variety of hotels. With convenient transport, long coastline, and stunning sunset scenery, Sanya Bay leaves visitors with beautiful memories.
Wuzhizhou Island 蜈支洲岛
Wuzhizhou Island, in Haitang Bay, has an area of some 148 hectares (366 acres). With an irregular butterfly-like shape and a total coastline of 5.7 km (3.5 miles), the island is about 38 km (24 miles) north-east of Sanya City.
The island was known as Guqizhou Island in ancient times and the earliest records date from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), when a temple was built to commemorate the originator of Chinese characters, Cang Jie. Following the Qing Government's fall from power, the villagers rebuilt the temple to honor the Goddess Matsu, who bestowed good fortune on the local fishermen. From 1949 this island became an important strategic defense zone. However, from the 1990s, the island began to enjoy a completely new role as a romantic place for holiday and leisure.
Nanshan Temple 南山寺
A Kwan-yin statue in the temple
A Guanyin statue in the temple Situated 40 kilometers (25 miles) from Sanya City, Hainan Province, the Nanshan Temple (South Mountain Temple) ranks as one of the attractions in the Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone. Occupying an area of 400 mu (66 acres), it is the biggest Buddhist preaching site established since the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Nestling at the foot of Nanshan Mountain, an auspicious region famous for Chinese Buddhist culture with emphasis on longevity-happiness, Nanshan Temple was completed on 12 April, 1998, the 2,000th anniversary year of Buddhism coming to China.
With its total floor space of 40,000 sq meters (10 acres), this temple boasts several replicas of Tang Dynasty (618-907) architecture. The Renwang Gate (Mountain Gate), the entrance to the temple, has two figures of Buddha standing there as guards. As well, seven Buddhist figures are enshrined in the Doushuai Adytum (or Hall). The Maitreya Buddha (Sanskrit, Mile in Chinese) is in the middle of the Hall with two Bodhisattvas on each side. Around these three Buddhist images stand the Four Heavenly Kings, who act as Buddhist guardians with duties to protect all living creatures and to bring favorable weather and ample harvest. From the Doushuai Adytum, a porch brings visitors to Jin Tang, also called in the time of the Tang Dynasty, Daxiongbaodian (Hall of Ceremony). Here are enshrined the three main Buddha images: the Sakyamuni, the Bhaisajyaguru (Chinese Yaoshiwang) and the Amitabha (Chinese Amituo). These two halls comprise the main parts of the Temple.
Sanya is situated on the southernmost tip of Hainan Province. Covering an area of 1919.58 square kilometres (about 741 square miles) with 209.1 kilometres (about 130 miles) long coastline, this coastal city has many natural advantages.
Possessing a number of excellent harbours, the city is an important port for import and export of trade with foreign countries. Therefore, it is also named the 'South Gate of China' to stress its importance while it plays a vital role in the life of the southern part of China in areas of the economy and politics to transportation.
However, for most visitors, this city is a noted tourist resort with mountains, sea, river and city. The favourable climate is hot in summer but warm in the three other seasons so attracting large numbers of followers from both home and abroad every year.
Sanya has an airport with flights to most major Chinese cities such as Guangzhou, Shanghai and internationally Taipei, Hong Kong. To get into Sanya city, take bus no 8 from the airport, which goes to Jiefang road and #1 market.
Star Cruises operates year round cruises travelling to Hong Kong and Halong Bay.
The 3.5 hour bus ride from Haikou East Bus Station will cost about ¥80(takes around 4 hours). Buses between Haikou and Sanya depart about every 30 minutes; the last bus from Sanya to Haikou departs around 11PM. Sanya's bus station is along Jie Fang Lu.
Sanya can be reached directly by train from Beijing (35 hours), Shanghai (36 hours) and Guangzhou (15 hours). The whole train is loaded on to a ferry for the journey from mainland China to the Island, then continues its journey around the west coast as far as Sanya. As trains leaving the island originate in Sanya, tickets from this smaller town are easier to obtain than if leaving from Haikou. High-speed train connect all major cities and towns on the eastern coast. It takes 1.5 to 2 hours from Haikou, travels up to 250 km/h.The new train station in Sanya is far from downtown, approximately as far as the airport. A taxi to Dadong Hai , the most popular tourist area) is approximately ¥25-30. A public bus will cost ¥1. Lines 2 and 4 lead through Sanya city proper and continue through (and past) Dadong Hai.