Sanya for Christmas

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  1. #11

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    I'm slated to go to Sanya for chinese new years but I'm wondering if it's too cool to enjoy. for you sanya experts, is sunbathing and swimming pretty much out of the question in the dead of winter?


  2. #12

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    We just got back from Sanya and must say that it was only ok - probably the best China has in terms of beach - but definitely a far cry from places like Thailand, Bali, Malaysia, Vietnam, etc...

    The place has no soul as there is only very little life outside the resorts. Most people seem to sleep, eat, relax at their hotel without ever venturing out on their own.

    Sanya Bay and Yalong Bay are nothing but resorts after resorts with no chance to just go out and walk around (eg shop, eat) as there is really nothing else! Dadonghai is at least close to Sanya but it looked somewhat sad and uninviting. The shops were mostly empty and dark (yet opened for biz), and several people warned us not to eat out on our own as we will end up paying "tourist prices". I heard stories from friends ordering from one menu and when it comes to paying the bill the prices have suddenly doubled or tripled.

    Anyway, we finally got a name of a local restuarant where we got great food for 2 pax incl drinks for RMB80. But it took some time to squeeze those names out of the hotel staff and we would never have found these places on our own. And forget about it if you don't speak mandarin. If you ask taxi drivers they will just bring you to places where they get their commission.

    The most disappointing are actually the so-called tourist attractions. The "End of the World" cost RMB 60 for no reason, Nanshan is a big commercialised rip-off at RMB 150 per pax. They bascially try to get the last penny out of tourists under the name of Buddhism. Certain "attractions" there require additional fees....overall it just felt like a theme park, minus the fun.

    Water sports might be a good choice but it was just to cold this time of the year. But what I have read on some other forums about the way they let people scuba dive...scary.

    If you are looking for some quiet time at the beach or pool and just want to sleep or read a book, Sanya is a good choice. If you are looking at anything more, better go to other places in Asia.

    Last edited by mjk; 31-12-2006 at 01:49 PM.

  3. #13

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    Hi MJK,

    Sorry to hear you didnt have a good time in Sanya. Just got back from Sanya a few days ago and although I agree with some of what you say my experience has been a bit different.

    I have been twice to Sanya both times staying in Dadonghai beach. There are upwards of 30 restaurants in Dadonghai not including the hotels mostly catering for local seafood though there is an itallian, japanese, several russian options plus 2 western ones. I have always found the restaurants easy to find if yand never had a problem with different prices from the menu although at some of the seafood places the prices will depend on the seafood you get. Always found English wasnt a problem and the local staff have always been friendly.

    The nightlife is limited with an american bar & grill, a techno bar and a few russian bars plus a few bars with live music along the sea front both in and out of the hotels. Generally it is relaxed place to go and have a drink and chat play pool etc... but definitely not a party town. Shopping is limited but busier at night and cant comment on the attractions as to me as you mention more of a place to chill.


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    Has anyone been to Sanya recently? Any new restaurants near Yalong Bay?


  5. #15

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    Thou I have not been there yet .. some recommendations from some of my China suppliers...

    You can try the night market -Number one market ( Di YI ye shi) in Jiefang Lu

    The outdoor restaurants on either side of the market is briming with delicious excellent quality seafood.

    If you are unsure check with the concerige and get them to write down the mandrain Character.

    Beware of touts and drivers that try to be funny by bringing you to tourist places....best to check with the locals. Chat up with the waitresses, bell hop, beach man.These are were you can get info from the horses mouth...but they will usually start with recommending there own hotel.

    Hope this helps ....

    Maybe I should chill out some time over there...


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