The recent cold spell over much of China has inspired a great number of people to pack their bags and head to the sunny south, not so different from a flock of migratory birds. During Spring Festival, Sanya blossoms into one of China’s liveliest and most popular tourist spots. Other coastal areas around China have beaches too, but Hainan is the only province in China that has a tropical island all of its own.
In recent years, more and more people from north China have begun flocking to Hainan to escape the freezing winter. Hainan has a hospitable climate and is particularly tourist friendly for the elderly. For example, the Nanshan Scenic Area has hosted ten “Longevity Culture Festivals” in recent years and more and more elderly people regard Hainan as the perfect spot for “well-being” holidays.
Many activities are on offer during the winter season in Hainan. Besides the fine beaches, golf is a big attraction in Hainan and has become very trendy in recent years. As a result, one of the main goals of the international travel island is developing its golf industry. According to the travel bureau of Hainan Province, popular tourist spots such as Yalong Bay, Haikou New Beach and the Xinglong Spa all regularly host golf events.
Another popular activity in Sanya is diving. The best diving sites are Baifu Bay and Sun Bay, both of which are easily reached by speed boat from Yalong Bay. These sites have lots of red choral and beautiful tropical fish and the water has a visibility of about 8-16 metres. For more diving information or diving tour bookings click here. Other fun water sports and activities which can be enjoyed here is parasailing, jet skiing, deep sea fishing, canoeing, renting paddle boats, banana boats, sand motorbikes etc.
Another newly opened attraction in Sanya is the Orchid World Theme Park. Officially open since January 10th 2010, the Orchid World is the largest tropical orchid park in the world and the only one in China, boasting over 3000 different species of orchids and over 2 million flowers, including 300 types of precious wild orchids.
Orchid World Theme Park, Sanya
Orchid World Theme Park “兰花世界”主题公园View In Map
Add: Near the entrance of Hongtang Expressway, Tianya Town, Sanya
Tel: 0898 6674 8889, 6674 9733
Price: Price: 130 RMB (individuals), Free (tourist groups Jan. 10-Feb. 10)
If you’re thinking of spending Spring Festival in Sanya, book your hotels and mode of transport fast. As one of China’s most populated destinations during the Spring Festival not only do prices increase drastically, but accommodation, flights and train tickets disappear at a startling rate.
Source: Xin Jing Bao 新京报, 2010/01/13
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