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Sanya is located on the southernmost tip of China’s Hainan Island. As this area is popular with beach and resort vacation goers, the biggest industry is tourism and travelers to this area will not be lacking in options for accommodations.

Most of the activity in Sanya centers on Dadonghai Beach, where tourists can take part in water sports such as scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing, and a unique underwater-scooter activity that shouldn’t be missed.

Accommodations in Sanya tend to be more laid-back outside the city center, especially at Yalong Bay where several big-name franchises have entered the market in recent years. Even more options can be found in the north, such as the capital city of Haikou. Haikou also features an old town that dates to the 19th century. The temples and ancestral tombs attract domestic tourists, and they can be of interest for those who are staying for a few days.

Ferries connect from Haikou to Hainan on the mainland, but most tourists bypass Haikou altogether and arrive via Sanya Phoenix International Airport to the south. Major routes connect to Hong Kong and Guangzhou. Sanya offers the modern traveler the perfect beach getaway in a part of the world that one doesn't normally expect such a vacation.

There’s much more to see and learn about Sanya, and the interactive map on this page is a great way to find out where the attractions and hotels can be found in this exciting city.