Sanya has been inhabited for over 10,000 years; however, Chinese have inhabited the area since the Qin Dynasty. During the Han dynasty, the Li people arrived from Guangxi province. For many centuries, the island was designated as a place for exiles, one of the most famous of whom was the poet Su Dong Po (1036-1101). Systematic Han settlement began during the Song dynasty, and large-scale migration of Han from Fujian and Guangdong took place during the Qing Dynasty, forcing the Li people into the highlands. At that time, Hainan Island was used as a strategic military outpost to combat the French. During the Sino-Japanese War, the locals fought a guerilla campaign against the Japanese.
After the establishment of the People's Republic of China, Hainan Special Administrative Area was established. Hainan Island is considered the youngest province in China since it was established in 1988. During the opening up to the west in the early 1980s, Hainan Island became a special economic zone where free market economies quickly took hold and Hong Kong investment began pouring in. Sanya has benefited from central and local government initiatives aimed at developing Hainan Island's vast potential for tourism.
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Due to its popularity Sanya is potentially full of scams. For those coming to Sanya for the first time, here are some tips and pointers, written by those who have trodden the path before you, to help you avoid unnecessary trouble.
Sanya has just opened the world’s largest duty-free store, offering both national and international famous luxury goods.
Sanya local authorities’ recent crackdown on nudity on the beach didn’t deter the city’s naked sunbathers over the Labor Day holiday. May 1 saw several beach-goers defiantly bare all and then pay the price for it.
Security is continuing to get stricter as passengers who recently caused a disturbance at Sanya Airport found out when they tried to travel with flares in their check in luggage. According to the security personnel the offending passenger’s luggage was seized when the X Ray machine showed up ...
The more than 100 booths will give visitors a chance to experience food from all over China and its surrounds; including Hainan, Hong Kong and Macao.
The Tourist Board in Sanya has again sent out a notice about hotel prices during Spring Festival, stating that even for high end villa the price can’t exceed 5000 RMB a night.
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