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Sandy white beaches, lush jungle and swaying palm trees—Hainan Island has them all in abundance, and Sanya (Sānyà, 三亚), on the southern coast, is the best place to base yourself for swimming, water sports and sun bathing. Stay at one of the new Sanya luxury hotels along the gorgeous coastline, find budget accommodation in town or hobnob with the backpacking set at one of a number of pleasant hostels (see Sanya hotels for more). Wherever you stay, however you won't be far from the water. You can join the crowds on the popular beaches of Yalong Bay, visit Buddhist temples or linger in tropical gardens and see rare Macaque monkeys on Nanwan Monkey Island.

If you're after a little privacy and a more pristine beach experience, hire a driver, ride a bicycle or take a taxi to one of the island's more remote spots. Today, what was quite recently a quiet fishing port has become home to luxury resort hotels like the Marriot, Resort Horizon, Intercontinental Sanya and theRitz-Carlton, just to name a few. Although a bit sleepy and sparsely populated by Chinese standards, there's plenty to do in Sanya when you're not lounging by the surf—the bustling night markets are a must and there are a growing number of restaurants, bars and clubs to help you relax after a hard day at the beach.
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There are still a few dirt-cheap hotels in Sanya though the majority run into the middle and high-end price range, so check out some Sanya hotels and take your pick. Hostels are a good bet for backpackers and budget travelers, though they can fill up fast, so try to reserve in advance. The Red Coral Seaview Hotel in Dadonghai might be the cheapest place on the beach, but rooms can be quite grimy. A better budget bet would be Sanya Eagle Backpackers Hostel, Sanya Blue Sky International Youth Hostel or one of the other hostels that have popped up in recent years. They're great places to find an instant traveler community and insider tips from staff on where to go and what to do on the cheap.

As for the high end, though Hainan Island is billed as "China's Hawaii," Sanya is hardly Honolulu. By Western resort standards, the city itself is a bit grubby, so most vacationers stay either right near the beach in Dadonghai or in one of the new luxury resorts in Yalong Bay, just a few minutes' taxi or bus ride away from the city. Despite the island's rough edges, luxury accommodations are in no short supply and are generally new and of high quality. Favorites include Marriott Sanya Resort & Spa, Yuhai Binguan, the Horizon Resort & Spa, Resort Golden Palm, the Intercontinental Sanya and the Ritz-Carlton to name a few.

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Food

The food of Hainan resembles China's southern cuisine, with special use of the island's seafood and fruits, such as bananas, coconuts, mangoes and sugar cane.
A local favorite to try, if you're brave, is the Wenchang chicken (Wénchāng jī, 文昌鸡); a sort-of stir-fry made from chicken liver, ham, vegetables, sugar and white wine. It's available at most of the city's Hainan restaurants. Sanya is well-known for its numerous seafood restaurants such as Suan Long Seafood Restaurant, but it is also growing a great number of excellent Hunan, Dongbei, Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou eateries to cater to the diverse tourist population.
Two of the cities favorite restaurants are Nanshan Hotpot City and Dongbeiwang Restaurant which provide excellent alternatives to Sanya's many local seafood restaurants. Be aware that restaurants frequented by tourists have been known to take advantage of foreigners so make sure you confirm the price of the dish before ordering.
Food can get expensive inside hotels or in tourist areas, so if you're on a budget, seek out cheaper meals in the food stalls at Sanya's markets or along Jichang Dong Lu. For the city's best treat, chop the top off a coconut and stick in a straw—a refreshing drink for just RMB 2.
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Shopping

Sanya has a great many high-end department stores and most of the area's hotels all include expensive boutiques. The most popular souvenirs taken home by tourists home are saltwater pearls, crystal ware, butterfly specimens, carved coconuts, candies, dried tropical fruit and seafood, coffee, tea and pepper.
The influx of tourism has raised prices, sometimes to sucker levels, so make sure to bargain. Souvenirs in the hotels cost much more than what can be found on the street or the beach—so don't be afraid to venture out and haggle for a better price. Also keep an eye out for fake pearls and remember the tooth test! (Rub the pearls on your teeth—if they're gritty and not perfectly smooth, they're real.)
Sanya recently unveiled a Duty Free Store downtown selling luxury and brand name products—everything from leather bags to perfume. And the Duty Free shop is set to expand out of Sanya Town further west to the massive new Haitang Bay (Hǎitáng Wān, 海棠湾) project.
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