5 Hour Activities


NANSHAN BUDDHIST CULTURAL ZONE
Nanshancun, Yacheng Town
+86-898-8883-7888
nanshan.com
¥150 entrance fee

YAZHOU
Yacheng Town

CADDIE OF SUNNY SANYA GUIDES
+86-1380-7535-200
caddie@sunnysanya.com
sunnysanya.com
¥600 per day

TEMPLE TOURS AND AN ANCIENT CITY

  • Gaze upwards at the world’s largest Bodhisattva Guanyin statue
  • Dine like a Buddhist monk
  • Wander through a 1,000-year-old village

Snap your new profile pic from high above the azure South China Sea at the foot of a towering statue of the Bodhisattva Guanyin (“Goddess of Mercy”) at the Nanshan Temple. The serene, powder-white goddess stands taller than the Statue of Liberty within a sprawling park pocketed with shrines, pavilions with roofs upturned in slight smiles, and a traditional Nepalese-style temple. Arrive early in the morning to get a jump on crowds (and the heat). Give yourself a couple of hours to cover the sights on your own or on one of the free, guided tours. Stop for lunch at the Buddhist restaurant for vegetarian dishes made with a mix of local mountain herbs, vegetables, and wild mushrooms. Afterward, continue on to Yazhou Ancient Town. Once the political hub of Hainan, this sleepy 1,000-year-old village at the southernmost edge of the Chinese Empire was where disgraced officials were exiled. The town’s edifices and the ancient city walls are eerily alluring in their crumbling glory. For a more in-depth tour, hire a guide from Caddie of Sunny Sanya—they’ll take care of transportation and arrange lunch with a local family.
It’s an hour’s drive westward on the G98 highway to reach Nanshan. A chartered car would be ideal, especially if you want to visit Yazhou afterwards.

NANSHAN BUDDHIST CULTURAL ZONE
Nanshancun, Yacheng Town
+86-898-8883-7888
nanshan.com
¥150 entrance fee

YAZHOU
Yacheng Town
CADDIE OF SUNNY SANYA GUIDES
+86-1380-7535-200
caddie@sunnysanya.com
sunnysanya.com
¥600 per day

HANG TEN WITH A LOCAL SURF CLUB

  • Head up the coast
  • Learn to surf with the pros
  • Kick back with a cold beer and pizza

Catching waves is not on many must-do lists when in China, but Riyuewan (Sun Moon Bay) outside of Sanya is known for its mild surf breaks, a perfect match for beginners. Nearby Dadonghai beach is a draw for surfers too, but it’s mobbed with swimmers and paddlers fighting for their wave. Instead, cruise 80-minutes north up the coast to Riyuewan from October to March when the northeast swells serve up the best waves of the year. Rent boards and hit the tropical palm-tree fringed beach on your own. Or, book a lesson in advance and learn to Hang Ten with instructors from the Riyue Bay Surf Club. After your workout, reward yourself with a Hawaiian pizza and an ice-cold brew (from the widest selection of imported beers on the island) at the surf club’s breezy Surf Restaurant and Bar.
Riyue Bay Surf Club is an 80-minute drive from Haitang Bay along the Eastern Expressway to Riyeuwan.


NANTIAN HOT SPRINGS
Haitangwan Town
+0898-88819886

TAKE THE PLUNGE

  • Hop from one hot-spring-fed tub to the next
  • Try to relax as fish nibble your toes
  • Nap beneath swaying palm trees

Sink into one of the 30 natural pools bubbling beneath a canopy of palm and coconut trees at the open air Nantian Hot Springs. Soak in a bedrock-bottom tub perfumed with lavender, ginseng, and coconut; try a traditional Chinese medicine-infused herbal soaks; or splash beneath waterfalls in pools with water temperatures hovering around 135 degrees. Curious about exfoliating “fish therapy”? Dip a toe into the pool swarming with tiny garra rufa hungry for exposed skin. Relax even further with a massage at the well-priced spa. Nantian stays open until midnight, so visit later in the evening and you’ll have many of the tubs all to yourself. The ¥198 ticket sets you up with lockers and towels, but bring your own flip-flops.
Nantian Hot Springs is a 15-minute ride north of Conrad Haitang Bay Resort. Pre-book a car or cab if you choose to go soak later at night. ¥198 ticket gets you lockers, towels, and sandals.

NANTIAN HOT SPRINGS
Haitangwan Town
+0898-88819886

YANODA
Hainan Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Zone
+86-898-8388-3333
yanoda.com

CHANNEL YOUR INNER TARZAN OR JANE

  • Explore a vast rainforest reserve
  • Hike through ancient strands of trees
  • Get an adrenaline fix in the forest

The Hainan Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Zone is a popular draw with tourists from the mainland and for good reason. Arrive by 8 a.m. when the park opens to skirt the sightseeing tour groups. Once inside the park spanning over 11,000 acres, hop the bus (an optional ¥40) to the trailhead for magnificent views of Chitian Reservoir. Follow the wooden paths for a moderate 40-minute hike up through the lush forest. Thick trees give way at the top to a lakeside park with colorful lotuses and a buffet-style restaurant. Skip the restaurant, and have the hotel pack you off with a picnic lunch so you can avoid the lines there. Craving more adventure? Get your thrills coasting through thickets of 1,000-year-old trees on a zip line, abseiling on a rock face, venturing out on plank roads that hug the cliffs, or bounding over suspension bridges across rivers and waterfalls. Be sure to book a return taxi in advance as you won’t be able to easily hail a cab out in the wilds.
Ask the hotel to set you up with a taxi or private charter for the hour drive north and the return trip; entrance fee is ¥170 per person.

YANODA
Hainan Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Zone
+86-898-8388-3333
yanoda.com

DIYI SHICHANG
155 Xinjian Street, Sanya

MEIJIE CHUANWEI SEAFOOD JIAGONG
119 XinMin Street
+15091915285

SHOP FOR YOUR SUPPER

  • Explore a local’s favorite wet market
  • Taste fresh catch cooked to order
  • Slurp a sweet soup for dessert

Get a true taste of local Hainanese flavor at Diyi Shichang (First Market) wet market, where locals buy still-swimming fish, clams, cockles, and Hele crab. Choose your just-reeled-in prize from one of the fishmongers, and bring it to the experts at MeiJie ChuanWei Seafood JiaGong. It’s the area’s best seafood restaurant and they will cook your catch for you on the spot. Several preparations are offered, but go for the spice: they specialize in bold Sichuan flavors. Hungry for more? Snack on a bowl of Baoluo noodles—a hot and sour rice noodle dish found only on Hainan Island. Thick spaghetti-shaped rice noodles are served in a broth of sea whelks and pork bones, topped with peanuts, chili paste, cilantro, and tangy pickled cabbage. Cleanse your palate with sweet Qingbuliang, a cooling Southern Chinese dessert soup with mung beans and coconut milk —the Hainan version has a quail egg dropped into it as well.
Take a taxi 50 minutes westward toward Sanya City to Diyi Shichang.

DIYI SHICHANG
155 Xinjian Street, Sanya

MEIJIE CHUANWEI SEAFOOD JIAGONG
119 XinMin Street
+15091915285

SUMMER MALL
1 Haiyun Road, Dadonghai
+0898-88223333
sanyasummermall.com

DOLPHIN BAR
99 Yuya Road, Dadonghai
+0898-88215700
dolphinbar.cn

RUSSIAN ACCENTS

  • Brush up on your Russian
  • Shop like an oligarch
  • Shoot pool in an American-style pub

Wander down the street in Dadonghai area, and you’ll notice that neon signs marking restaurants, shops, and massage parlors are in Cyrillic. Pop by the Summer Mall, one of the first developments in Sanya from Singapore investors, where Russians come to spend their rubles on luxury goodies from Prada, Gucci, Mont Blanc, and Tissot. Shopping bags filled, head down the street for a bite to eat at the Dolphin Bar. Of all the spots on this neon-lit strip, this American-style sports bar is known for its party vibe, burgers, and cocktails. Shoot pool or stay until the wee hours of the night listening to live music. The local servers speak excellent English (a rarity on the island) and are quick to refresh drinks. A favorite of locals and in-the-know visitors, it’s also where hotel and restaurant managers come to hang out and unwind.
Take a 45-minute cab ride to downtown Dadonghai. Taxis are abundant in the downtown area so you’ll easily catch one back to the Conrad.

SUMMER MALL
1 Haiyun Road, Dadonghai
+0898-88223333
sanyasummermall.com

DOLPHIN BAR
99 Yuya Road, Dadonghai
+0898-88215700
dolphinbar.cn