Located on the southernmost tip of Hainan, China's largest island, Sanya is a city of sun, surf, and sand - as well as the setting of many of China's premier holiday resorts. Home to white-sand beaches, crystal clear water, and a number of colorful coral reefs, Sanya presents a lively, sunny side of China that few outside the country are familiar with. Indeed, in recent years, Sanya has become a popular tourist destination, particularly among northern Chinese and Russian travelers seeking to escape the harsh winters.
Visitors should note that Hainan is the best place in China to surf, due to a combination of year-round surf and few surfers. Additionally, given Hainan's rugged, mountainous terrain and clear, cool waters, mountain biking, snorkeling, and watersports are also exceedingly popular.