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Sanya (Simplified: 三亚; Traditional: 三亞; Pinyin: Sānyà) is the southernmost city in Hainan (海南) province, China. It has an area of 1919.6 square km and a population of 536,000 (2006). After Haikou, it is the second most populous city of the island. Sanya is renowned for its tropical climate and is a popular tourist destination. It is also the focus city for China's Utsul Muslims. It is the site for training of the Chinese national beach volleyball team.


A 108-meter Buddhist statue of Guanyin in Sanya, completed in May 2005, is one of the tallest statues in the world.

Yalong Bay is a 7.5km beach located southeast of Sanya City.


In the last few years Sanya developed to become a get away from Hong Kong and a relaxing place for extending a holiday with a long trip back home. The first international Resort hotel was opened and managed by Swiss hotelier N.C. Solari in 1999, in the beautiful location of Yalong Bay.

Nowadays, several international hotel chains have established in what is becoming a world-known destination, especially since the famous beauty pageant Miss World took place in Crowne Plaza, one of the Hotels along Yalong bay.

It all started with another resort this time in Sanya Bay, the Palm Beach Resort & Spa who welcomed the first Miss China beauty pageant in modern times. The relation created, brought the organizer Miss Julia Morley to decide for Sanya to welcome the international pageant the following year.

Another attraction was the Butterfly museum and the shell aquarium.


* Cape Tian-Ya-Hai-Jiao (天涯海角) The end of sea and sky
* Lu Hui Tou (Deer turns its head) A large stone statue above Sanya harbour telling the story of a hunter pursuing a deer to an isolated headland in the sea. When the deer couldn't escape, it turned to look at the hunter and became a beautiful woman. The hunter couldn't kill her and instead fell in love with her. Luhuitou is a place for lovers and many people leave a padlock on a chain at the top of the mountain in the hope that their love will last as the lock remains there.
* Yalong, Dadonghai (大东海, big east sea), Sanya, Haitang, and Yazhou are the five major bays in Sanya. [ zh [ Haitang Bay in Sanya] , Xinhuanet December 26, 2007. ]
* Wuzhizhou Island
* The Tiger and Crocodile centre

Underground nuclear submarine base

China is constructing a major underground nuclear submarine base near Sanya. In December 2007 the first Type 094 submarine was moved to Sanya. [Richard D Fisher Jr, 'Satellite imagery confirms nuclear sub base in China,' Jane's Defence Weekly, 16 April 2008, p.4]
The Daily Telegraph on 1st May 2008 reported that tunnels were being built into hillsides which could be capable of hiding up to 20 nuclear submarines from spy satellites, [Harding, Thomas, [ "Chinese Build Secret Nuclear Submarine Base"] , "London Daily Telegraph", May 2, 2008.] [Harding, Thomas, "Chinese Nuclear Submarines Prompt 'New Cold War' Warning", "London Daily Telegraph", May 3, 2008.] however, the earlier April 2008 Jane's story, which might have been expected to mention the 'capable of 20' figure, confirms the underground locations but gives their number as 11. Since 2005 the PLAN has also built two sets of piers at the base that could accommodate two or more aircraft carrier battle groups (JDW April 2008).


The city is served by Sanya Phoenix International Airport which is called Sanya Fenghuang International Airport. Buses from other parts of the island serve Sanya's bus terminal, 1 or 2 yuan per journey around the city and plenty of taxis also serve residents and tourists alike. 20-40 Yuan

Geography & Climate

Sanya is the roughly on the same latitude as Hawaii with very warm weather all year around. It's one of the transportation & communication centers of China, and as one of the most important trade ports in the extreme south of the golden coastline.Its daily average temperature is 25.4C and annual rainfall is 1,279mm.

Average Temperature of Sanya all year around:


The city was the first Chinese city (excluding Special Administrative Regions) to receive the Olympic torch after its departure from Beijing, in the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing. In addition, the city has hosted the:
* Miss World contest in 2003, 2004 2005 and 2007
* Mister World 2007 contest
* World's Strongest Man contest in 2006.succession box
title=Miss World Venues
before=Alexandra Palace
Palace of Culture and Science
after=Palace of Culture and Science
years=2003 - 2005



External links

* [ Wide-ranging current information about Sanya]
* [ Photos of Sanya]
* [ Article about Guanyin statue, with pictures] ("note": the article confuses "Buddha" and "Guanyin")
* [ Miss World 2004 webpage]
* [ Sanya at]
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* [ Sanya Travel Guide]

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