The tourist boom has presented some environmental problems in Sanya, with plenty of garbage and various other forms of pollution playing havoc with what had been crystal clear waters and perfect coral reefs. This hasn't seemed to have dissuaded the tens of thousands of visitors who journey here every month.
Sanya is one of the rare parts of China that does not experience cold weather in the winter. It is not unusual for temperatures to reach 30°C, even in the middle of January, and so this makes it a very handy getaway for Chinese and Russian travelers in search of a winter break. During Chinese New Year, the place is absolutely packed.
Sanya Bay Beach
This is a huge beach that curves around for over 25kms but because it is the main point of entry for the commercial and industrial shipping traffic to the city, the quality of the water here is poor. Swimmers usually go elsewhere, but diners and bar-hoppers make this part of Sanya their first stop.
This is Sanya's tourist central with countless hawker stalls and restaurants with laminated menus selling home favorites to foreign visitors. Neon signs, souvenir shops and over-priced hotels dominate this part of Sanya.