The currency of Sanya is the Chinese yuan, otherwise known as the renminbi (RMB). Paper notes come in denominations of RMB100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 and there are silver coins for smaller amounts, though it is rare to need anything less than RMB1 for any purchase including a simple bus fare.
Being such a popular tourist destination the regular infrastructure is all in place in Sanya and this includes ATMs, which are prevalent. They are located in the airport and on all the major shopping streets. Most hotels and restaurants will take credit cards but cash is the only way to go at the markets and the food stalls.
Sanya is hot all year round. There is no real wet season and unlike the rest of China, there is no particular winter either, and even in the very middle of summer in, say January, it is not unusual for temperatures to peak at 30°C. At other times of the year daily averages of 30°C or more should be expected.
Visitors should prepare for the heat of Sanya with sunscreen, protective clothing and hats. Long days spent on the beach sound pleasant but without the right precautions sun stroke, bad sunburn and even prickly heat can result.
Sanya International Airport (SYX) is located about 25km west of downtown Sanya and shuttle buses run during flight traffic times (charges apply). Alternatively, taxis or hire cars follow the G225 expressway direct to the city.
In Sanya, public buses run all the major tourist routes. Bus lines 2 and 4 move people between downtown Sanya and the beach at Dadonghai at regular intervals. One-way tickets are extremely cheap and tickets on buses that serve further destinations and pleasant beaches are a little more, naturally.
Taxis are metered but prices can be negotiated, especially if longer distances, out of the way locations or wait for pick up apply. Motorcycle rental is cheap and there are many places to organize a rental. Inexperienced riders are strongly cautioned however about the state of the roads in this part of China. Driving methods are ad-hoc to say the least and accidents are unfortunately common.
Spoken languages: Chinese, Russian
Phone/calling code: +86 898