Sanya is the southernmost city of China and a famous international tropical seaside resort, located at the tip of Hainan Island. Billed as 'China's Hawaii', Sanya has 20km-long stretches of the best-preserved and most beautiful beaches in the country and features 19 bays and harbours and 40 islands. Sanya is the only city along this area of tropical coastline and offers a wealth of water-based activities from snorkelling to jet-skiing with the chance to enjoy some rainforest hiking in the interior of the island.
The region is divided into three very distinct tourist zones: Sanya Bay is home to the bustling city centre; Dadonghai Bay is an attractive stretch of beach with budget to mid-range accommodation; and Yalong Bay is an exclusive stretch of beach with luxury resorts. Walking along Sanya Bay you can see the fishermen trawling in their day's catch and hear their working songs resounding to the skies. This can only be seen in Sanya Bay as fishing has been forbidden in Dadonghai and Asian Dragon Bay. Besides the bays there is also Wuzhizhou Island, which is in Haitang Bay, north of Sanya City. A gorgeous natural landscape combined with various tourist facilities and well-developed entertainment events provide a paradise destination.
The Nanshan Temple in Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone is located 40 kilometres (about 25 miles) away from the west of Sanya City, and is certainly worth visiting. It is the most famous Buddhist temple in Hainan Province and faces the South Sea, encircled by mountains on both its sides.
About 100km northwest of Lijiang in Yunnan province is where the Yangtze River’s upper reaches, the Jingsha Jiang, channel with ...