Sanya is a small city as well as an international tourism city. As the amount of international tourists from Russia, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Europe and America keeps rising, the international restaurants, originally set up for those international tourists, have become the favourites of numerous domestic visitors due to their novelty. Driven by the demand, more diversified restaurants offering special food with foreign flavour are opened.
Billed as "China's Hawaii", Sanya has 20km long stretches of beach. As the only tropical city across the coastline, it is definitely booming and packed with a lot of water sports such as snorkeling and jet-skiing, rainforest hiking, and innumerable hotels ranging from zero to five stars.
With sunshine all year around, temperatures hover around 25°C even in January and 30°C in the summer time. Its islands and beaches are beautiful and the water in Yalong Bay and Dadonghai are clean enough to have a good swim, but you may also want to head to Wuzhizhou Island or further north to visit unspoiled and natural scenery.
While tourists come in every season, the peak season starts from 1st October to the end of winter. During the winter, Sanya is a popular escape for Russians who primarily stay at Dadong Hai and Northern Chinese to escape freezing weather. In the Chinese New Year, the city will be flooded with tourists and expect everything to be extremely expensive.