Sanya Harbor
Photo by: Bruce Tuten, Creative Commons

Traveling to a fairyland or tropical paradise across the world can be an unforgettable experience. Sanya comes to mind, a lovely island that offers a splendid collection of sandy beaches, stunning mountains, rain forests and mangrove reserves.

Recognized as a resort island with international appeal, Sanya in recent years has become home to the most prestigious luxury hotels and other global businesses. If you’re traveling to conduct business, take time to relax at one of Sanya’s beaches or explore some of the places of interest and soak in the unique oriental culture in China’s tropical Hainan island province.

Found on the southern coast of Hainan Island, Sanya is a perfect place to enjoy water sports or just bask under the sun. Considered as the best among the tropical resorts in China, Sanya offers year-round sunshine and may be regarded as an oasis that’s distinct from other cities in that part of the world. The perfect time to visit Hainan Island is from September to March. Discerning luxury travelers can stay in one of the renowned hotel chains in the area and marvel at the magnificent coastline. For the budget-conscious, there are great accommodations that may be found in the town proper. Anyone can enjoy the sun and sea, in places like Yalong Bay where beaches abound. Other bays (they total 19) include Dadonghai Bay and Sanya Bay.

Hainan Island is an accessible trading port, with a rich history dating back to the late Qing Dynasty. It’s ironic that the breezy island paradise used to be a place for exile. Sanya used to be known as Yazhou during the Ming Dynasty. Hainan Island long ago served as penal colony for officials who found themselves out of favor with rulers. Outcasts were brought from brought from the mainland to Sanya. From being called Zhuya during the Han Dynasty, then Zhenzhou during the Tang Dynasty Sanya after the Qing Dynasty became known as Yaxian County and it was not until 1984 that it got its current name.

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