It's getting a little chilly around Shanghai (and certainly Beijing), ain't it? A lot of scarves and jackets have been making appearances lately, but I'm sure people are starting to miss their T-shirt's sticky embrace from the sunny days of yore. I mean, it's been a while since I've taken one of those free Rorschach tests every perspiring pedestrian carries around on their sweaty upper backs. But let's not forget how massive and geographically diverse China is. Yours is not the only latitude her borders enclose, and it's certainly not the warmest!
Look to Hainan, China's only island province. That's where you can find Sanya, rocking stretches of beach 20 km (12 mi) long and sunshine all year round. This coastal city sits snugly at the southernmost tip of the country, lapping up the toasty tides of the South China Sea. Surfing, hiking, biking and all kinds of water sports await you there, so what exactly are you waiting for? Ditch your stuffy jacket, grab your sunscreen and bust out your luau shirt because the 'Hawaii of China' is only a short flight away. Find out more after the jump....
Hainan is a hugely popular destination among both foreigners and Chinese tourists, with its warm, inviting climate and numerous recreational and cultural attractions providing the island's main draws. The province is currently undergoing major tourism-oriented development, and a lot of the focus, unsurprisingly, has been on Sanya, where the lucrative beaches stretch lazily out along the coastline. Yalong Bay, Dadonghai Beach, Tianya Haijiao and, of course, Sanya Bay comprise the sandy backbone of this island beach getaway, and your paradise itinerary wouldn't be complete without them. The tropical climate also accommodates a wealth of natural beauty, notwithstanding the burgeoning resort infrastructure (Phoenix Island is an artificial archipelago currently under construction on Sanya Bay), and you can surely get your fix of coconut palms and lush walkable terrain.
Sanya Phoenix Airport is your closest gateway to Sanya. It's robust airline connectivity means you can first-hand account of her experiences with these various alternatives, so be sure to check it out.
Sanya offers travelers a superb abundance of choices for accommodation, with hotels and resorts ranging from 0 to 5 stars and prices from budget up to thousands of RMB. Whether you're a rugged backpacker or a determined jet-setter, you'll be able to find the place that's right for you. The lavish an entire post to his experience there and ponder the true meaning of luxury! You can sunbathe, snorkel, scuba dive, sail, shop and party all night here in Sanya. You'll find yourself spoiled for choice with the number of companies offering water sport services and package deals. At night, street-side stalls hawk their scrumptious goods and the beach's social inhabitants pour into the city's bars and clubs.
Dadonghai, located just around the southern peninsula from Sanya, is known for its great restaurants and gorgeous beach, and has been described by many as successfully balancing tourism development and natural beauty. It's a little more expensive than Sanya, however, despite the better shopping opportunities in Sanya. The Yalong Bay, farther out from Sanya than Dadonghai, is a similarly well-developed beach destination. Its clear waters are great for light snorkeling, and there are also boats for those seeking to dive deeper into some popular scuba spots in the outlying islands. The Grand Metropark Resort Sanya is a favorite among travelers to Yalong Bay with over 1,100 reviews and very positive ratings on Ctrip.
The room, the sand, the surf and the sun are all hanging out together in Sanya wondering when you're arriving.