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On July 24, a ceremony to mark the establishment of Sansha city took place in Yongxing Island, Hainan province. It evoked the public curiosity to the most southern city of China, some took it as China’s Maldives, some volunteered to go there to guard the border and some thought it was a treasure island. The real Sansha still remains a mystery to most of us.
The deputy director of China’s National Institute for South China Sea Studies(NISCS), Liu Feng said the prior function of Sansha city is to undertake the duty of coast defense as it is the most southern city of China.
On May 11, 2012, military correspondents of Xinhua news agency landed on one of the Xishan Islands, Shenhang Island, which was named after the vessel ‘Shenhang’ visited here in Qing Dynasty. It appears to be a curve triangle with an area of 0.43 km2. Shenhang Island was invaded by foreign power for times. In 1974 Chinese army took back the island.
Chinese soldiers stationed on Yongshujiao(Fiery Cross Reef).
Chinese soldiers stationed on Shenhang Island. Shenhang Island locates in the southeast of Yongle Islands, is a key transportation hub in Xisha Islands.
Chinese soldiers stationed on Shenhang Island work in a vegetable greenhouse.
According to Hainan provincial tourism committee, Hainan is working to develop the tourism of Sansha city, including cruise travel from Haikou to Sansha. Many travel agencies have started to lay out travel plans for tourists.
There are beautiful sea, islands, beaches and abundant sea products in Sansha city.
This is a picture of a sandbar floating on a coral reef site taken on June 1, 2011.
Fishermen are working at the colorful shoal.
On April 9, 2012, the ship ‘Yexianggongzhu’ of Hainan Strait Shipping Co.，Ltd. arrived at Sanya. The ship started its experimental sailing toward Xisha Islands on April 6.
The establishment of Sansha city is good for shipping, tourism and infrastructure industries.
The advertisement of China Mobile on Xisha Islands.
The one and only ‘last post office’ which is the office of both postal and telecom services locates on Beijing Road, Yongxing Island.
A super market on Yongxing Island.
Beers, barbecues, sea food and so forth attract a great number of people.
A young mother is looking after her children in front of her cabin.
A man who just finished fishing is resting outside of his house.
A temporary clinic on Beijing Road, the new hospital is still under construction.
Job opportunities in Sansha.
A voter shows his voting card.
On July 21, 2012 in Yongxing village, villagers elected the members of people’s congress of Sansha.
On July 24, a ceremony to mark the establishment of Sansha city took place.
What the newly established city is going to be like in the future remains unknown and a long-term observation is necessary.