Tianya Tropical Marine World (Zoo)
I can't find the official zoo name in English. I remembered that there are dolphins show, sea lions show, seals show in the zoo. The parrot show left me a deep impression. As long as you took the ten dollar ( less would not work) , parrots would fall into your hands and took the bill away.
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Great Food in Sanya
Been to Sanya a few times... recommend the following
The Dolphin Sports Bar & Grill (formerly the Rainbow Bar & Grill), 99 Yuya Road, Dadonghai, (86) 898 88215700. Western restaurant and sports bar with a wide selection of western favorites such as soups, salads, pasta, tex-mex, sandwiches, burgers and much more. There are usually good specials on draft beers and mixed drinks. Very friendly environment with countless big screen tv's showing all major sporting events around the globe. Also has typical bar games: pool, darts, foozball, etc.. Meals ¥20-50.
Pizza Corner, Herton Hotel at Dadonghai Beach-1st floor (Opposite Resort and Time Hotel), +86 898 88677995, . 10:30AM-11:00 PM. Combo store with Coffee World. Offers pizza, pastas, salads, soups and the tastiest BBQ chicken wings in Hainan. Dining on a lovely balcony which overlooks Dadonghai Beach. Tel: 0898-88677995. The restaurant delivers to customers within a 5 mile radius of Dadonghai Beach. English is spoken. Service can be slow. Moderate price
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massage and medicure
Sanya is an relaxing island, things that worth to do is: Massage and medicure. becoz it rili CHEAP! there are one massage center - Guo Yi Tang in He Xi road (along the sanya river) is the best massage center here. it's clean and perfessional. try the body massage and sea salt food massage in one go. You will LOVE it.
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Please make time to take away from the beach for a day and head out to Yanoda Rainforest. Tickets can be purchases for around RMB128 p/p and it will include bus transportation to the park. Everything is included in the ticket price including a audio tour guide available in English and Chinese.
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- Jungle and Rain Forest
The whole Nanshan park (150 RMB admission) was man made with traditional Chinese structures, including buildings and bridges, there were temples and other attractions, but the most impressive attraction was the 108 meters high Guanyin which extended out from shore to sea. I took pictures of the Guanyin from various angles and found that the Guanyin’s eyes always looked back at me.
For me, I think travel is tired. If you are tired after a full day sightseeing, I'd like to recommend Nan Tian Hot Spring to you. There are so many different kinds of hot spring pools there. If there are kids with you, no worries. There is a big hot spring pool for kids, in which has water slides. I think your kids will like it. You just need pay RMB98/person, can enjoy all hot spring pools there. Except hot spring, there are also so many spa items available.
Bty, there are free shuttle bus provided by Nan Tian Hot Spring. Details, can see:
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Sanya, as a seashore city, of course, there are so many kinds of seafood here. For some seafood, I even don't know how to call them in Chinese. : ) Eating seafood in Sanya, not only great variety, but also cheap. There is a large seafood market in Sanya downtown, called Chuan Yuan. Hundreds of tables there, very spectacular. Because of so many persons there, it's very noisy and not so clean. If you like quiet environment, can consider some seafood restaurants, but will be a little expensive.
If there is a chance for visiting Sanya, don't miss it.
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Sanya is known as the paradise of divers, the sea off the beach is so clear that visibility can reach almost 8-22 meters. The diving base in Sanya has Dadonghai, Xiaodonghai, Wuzhizhou Islet, Boundary Islet and West Islet, of which Wuzhizhou Islet is the best one. Its seawater visibility could reach 27 meters. There are diving, water skiing, sailing boat, motorboat, banana boat, beach volleyball, everything that you expect to find.
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Tanya Haijiao - the end of the world
In history Tanya Haijiao was really considered the end of the world; beyond this point was beyond the kingdom of heaven, and so not worth botering about.
Today, Tanya Haijiao is immortalised on the reverse of the RMB2 note, the rocks drenched in a boiling, foaming sea. Most visitors see a somewhat more placid scene, and queue up patiently to have their photographs taken leaning on the rock below the calligraphic inscriptions. I think it says "Pose Here".
A one kilometre stretch of beach is home to a succession of small bays, each with its own rocks....[tbc]
Yalong Bay - Part 2
There is public access to the beach but the 5-star hotels have taken the best spaces. To their credit, most of these hotels have done a fabulous job landscaping the area, and have done so with a high deree of sympathy for endemic vegetation and ensuring a good variety of palms as well. Yalong Bay is not a 'discovery' but given that this is potentially Sanya's economic future, it seems that many of the lessons of other tourist resort failures have been learnt.
All Yalong Bay hotels are some distance from Sanya and the 'tourist attractions' to the west of the city (Nanshan, Yazhou) but obviouslya lot nearer the eastern attractions including the Lingshui and Xinglong areas. I do not know how easy access is to the hills backing Yalong Bay, because there appears to be quite a lot of military radar and telecomms stuff up there, but this would make for great walks in an unusual environment.
Yalong Bay - Part 1
Some 20km east of Sanya, lies the city's jewel in the crown and an area over which much more care is being taken than at Dadonghai or its smaller neighbour Xiaodadonghai. The upside is that the environment is being managed more effectively, as the most fickle of Chinese fauna is hotelchain internationalensis, which will migrate at the first sign of pollution or environmental damage. A bit rich really, but that's life, eh?
The legend of Yalong Bay includes the predictable local dragon, who lived in the sea here. He has a passion for a local girl Ji Li, who was, regrettably, already engaged to a local boy. Ji Li explained this to the dragon when he proclaimed his love for her. "Come and have dragon babies, cutie" he said.
However, Ji Li's fiance (Brian, I think his name was) saw Ji Li chatting to the dragon, became furiously jealous (of a dragon, dude?) and called off the engagement. Ji Li, upset, committed suicide by jumping into the sea. Thunder rang out, rain poured, and the mountains slid backwards to reveal a beautiful crescent sandy beach. Ji Li's body turned into the white sand, her tears made the sea even more pool, and her long black hair turned into immaculate landscaping and golf fairways. I made the last bit up, but that's the story of Yalong Bay.
Today, the bay is classified as an AAAA state tourist attraction, but don't let the government's attempts to classify everything put you off. This really is a gorgeous beach, and compared to many in Asia, largely empty. It's not the "Number One Bay Under Heaven" as proclaimed by the tourist froth - I can think of a hundred nicer beaches, some even in China, but it is a great one. The presence of oil rigs on the horizon, a vast concrete causeway at the eastern end and huge hotel buildings prevent it from even approaching "Heaven" status, but it is definitely worth a visit, especially as a retreat from colder climates.
The Big East Sea is a horseshoe curve of fine white sand beach on the southern peninsula of Sanya, just across the two bridges from Sanya City. Legend has it that a playful black dragon lived in the sea here (there seem to be dragons connected with every Chinese bay, just as every Chinese bell has a legend of the bellmaker's daughter falling into the vat of molten bronze). As the dragon's rough and tumble was not appreciated by local fishermen, the ing of the sea dragons had to be summoned to put a stop to its antics. Subsequently, grateful fishermen carved the epithet "Happiness is boundless like the great East Sea" on the cliffs at the western end of the bay, and so the bay got its name. Hmmmm. No, I didn't think it quite made sense either.
Dadonghai Bay has two sets of heavily degraded coral reef near the point at eitherside of the bay, and the whole bay is popular with swimmers. The beachfront is heavily developed with a mass of hotels and restaurants of varying quality. The phrase "Talks like Hawaii; looks like Benidorm" was uttered by a colleague. I know what he means.
The beach is good for walking, but the beach gets heavily used by noisy quadbikes and there is even a runway on the beach for a microlight. Peaceful Dadonghai ain't!
A number of restaurants have squeezed into the paces between the mammoth hotel developments, and there are some excellent little barbecue stands serving cold beer and grilled fresh fish. Now THIS is more like it! However, the majority of places cater for the coachload of visiting Chinese and Russian tourists. Sanya is a very popular spot for the chattering classes of Vladivistok, believe it or not.
Down at the ferry
While the main fish wharf is at the end of Heping Lu, further south at the end of Jiangang Lu is the ferry - or ferries - that will carry you and your load 150 metres across the neck of the Sanya River to the Luhuitou peninsular. The creek is made narrower by the multitude of boats, large and small, moored three or four deep on either side. In the main channel, a constant procession of boats pass up and down, the smaller one person rowed boats bobbing in the wake of the bigger vessels.
Along the quayside, men repair and splice brightly coloured ropes and string buoys onto lines. Opposite, marine chandlery shops do a roaring trade in the latest Japanese radar and GPS equipment. By the boats, men sell fruit from a small stand. It smells of the sea, and diesel oil, fish and rope. A pleasant walk and friendly people: the people who have inherited the mantle of the people of Yazhou.
Sanya's Coral Reefs - Part 2
Sadly, the reefs are described by ICRAN as "mostly destroyed, but some recovering and good by Chinese standards".
Pollution from the Sanya River is polluting Sanya Bay, and the water quality is deteriorating. The biggest problem is that corals need nutrient-poor water and the high levels of nutrients in sewage and agricultural run-off add significant nutrients: there has been substantial bleaching of coral as a result.
There is one specific project worth mentioning: the attempt to recover 1000 square metres of the reef at Xidao, using artificial reefs.
So should you contribute to the tourism that is slowly killing the reefs? Difficult question: the tour vessels and dive trips provide jobs for local people, so reducing the fishing and collecting of coral. But then are these companies acively contributing to repairing the amage they have largely caused?
I decided not to go out and swim off the reefs - just a personal choice.
Sanya's Coral Reefs - Part 1
Many come to Sanya to scuba-dive and snorkel over the coral reefs. However, poor tourism planning means that the coral reefs are being damaged, although the establishment of a Marine Protection Area in 1990 is helping to slow the rate of damage.
The 5,500 hectare reserve contains at least 110 species of reef-building corals and 30 species of soft coral, including species of Acropora, Porites luteu, and Goniastrea aspra down to 2 metres. Coverage is as high as 70% in the bigger bays. These reefs create a home for 300 species of fish and 300 invertebrates, with 60 large benthic algae also found here.
There are three main areas of coral reef:
- around the islands to the west of Sanya city
- around the Luhuitou peninsular and either end of Dadonghai
- in the centre-west section of Yalong Bay
In 1996, the Yalong Bay Coral Reef Protection and Tourist Development Site was set up, and the facilities and services replicated later in Dadonghai Bay and at Ximaozhou. These monitor the three part marine reserve, which receives no funding from Beijing - it is to be hoped that local businesses and hotels provide financial support, but I certainly saw no evidence of this at hotels in the area. Considering that 1.5 million people visit Sanya annually, and a good proportion of them visit the reefs, I would hope that there is some form of mechanism so that people impacting the reefs actually pay!
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