Sanya Travel Tips

To have a better travel experience in Sanya, here are some useful Sanya travel tips which may be helpful for your Sanya tour

Useful Numbers

  • Fire: 119
  • Police: 110
  • Ambulance: 120
  • Area Code: 0898
  • Zip Code: 572000
  • Traffic Accident: 122
  • Weather Forecast: 12121
  • Road Traffic Accident: 112
  • Sanya Food Hygiene Complaint: 0898-88281474
  • Sanya Travel Service Complaint: 0898-88392211
  • Tourism Transportation Consultation: 0898-88276703
  • Multilingual Counseling: 0898-88880000
  • Marine Bureau Police Call: 0898-88272063
  • Sanya Phoenix Airport: 0898-88289390/0898-88289389
  • Tourist Service Hotline: 0898-31888888
  • Hainan Province Price Complaint: 12358
  • Taxi Service Complaint: 0898-88667803
  • Consumer Rights Complaints Hotline: 0898-88261315

Travel Consultation

Sanya Tourism Information Service Station

  • Airport Tourism Information Service Station
    Address: Exit 3 of Domestic Arrival Hall, Fenghuang International Airport凤凰国际机场国内到大厅3号出口
    Tel: 38882088
  • Dadonghai Tourism Information Service Station
    Address: Opposite the Pearl River Garden Hotel, Dadonghai Tourist Area大东海旅游区珠江花园酒店对面
    Tel: 38812301
  • Pedestrian Street Tourism Information Service Station
    Address: The Left Side of Pedestrian Street Entrance, Jiefang Road解放路步行街入口左侧
    Tel: 38881898

Best Time to Visit

Autumn and winter are best time to travel in Sanya. Sanya is a winter resort in China. Every year from October to March, the cold current from the north make temperature in the most area of China drop, but Sanya is still warm and pleasant. You can wear summer clothes, beach shoes taking a leisurely stroll on the sunny beach, soaking in the warm sea water, eating tropical fruit and enjoying the romance of Tianya and Haijiao. Every year in December, Sanya city holds the international wedding festival. The festival is usually held in Tianya Haijiao, a place with both commemorative significance and beautiful scenery, which is also the most unforgettable thing when traveling.

What to Pack

  • The highest temperature occurs in summer, often breaking through 34℃ high temperature, suitable for wearing summer clothing
  • Parasols, sunglasses, hats and other sunscreen products are essential, you are supposed to wear sunscreen frequently to avoid sunburn. 
  • May to November is typhoon season, so get rain gear ready.
  • Winter in Sanya is very warm with the temperature around 25℃. The weather is sunny and pleasant. You can wear summer clothes in the daylight, and you may feel kind of cold in the morning and evening, so you'd better bring long sleeve. For swimmers and divers, it is recommended to be in the ocean between 11:00 and 15:00 because the water is cooler in the morning and evening in winter.

Air Ticket and Accommodation

Prices of air tickets and hotels in Sanya are greatly affected by the seasonality. Prices in low season (April to September) and high season (October to march) often differ greatly. 

Take round-trip ticket between Beijing and Sanya for example, round-trip price of off-season is in 1500-2000 yuan or so, but the price of busy season is in 2500-3000 yuan or so. If you travel during the Spring Festival or the National Day holiday, the round-trip air tickets often exceed 4,000 yuan.

In terms of accommodation, the price of hotels in the peak season is usually twice as much as that in the off-season, and during the Spring Festival and the National Day holiday, the price could be even higher. If it is off season, you can book a hotel about half a month in advance, but in the peak season, it is best to reserve the hotel at least a month in advance. And during legal holidays, you are supposed to book the hotel as early as possible, because the cost-effective hotel may be likely to be fully reserved.

Travel Safety

  • Caution when swimming in the sea: The undercurrent and the back tide of the seabed in Sanya are fierce, especially when rising tide at night, the seawater flow rate speeds up and the risk factor increase sharply. Drownings happen frequently in the Dadonghai area, mostly because tourists do not listen to dissuasion and go to sea at night. Even in the daytime, you should swim in the safety area of the protection net, and try to stay in a crowded area, once the accident, make sure someone knows in time. 
  • Pay attention to sun screen: Even in winter, the sunshine of Sanya is enough, let alone in summer. Sunglasses and sun hat are essential, and girls who are afraid of the sun can also bring a parasol. You are supposed to wear sunscreen frequently to avoid sunburn. Avoid exposure to the sun between 11:00 in the morning and 15:00 in the afternoon , when UV rays are strongest and most damaging.
  • Enjoy seafood in moderation: Tourists to Sanya must have a seafood feast, but seafood itself is cold, and it reacts with a variety of foods, so eating seafood must be moderate, not excessive. Tourists with coldness of body need to pay more attention, and remember to eat seafood when it is best not to drink beer, so as not to produce a lot of acid precipitation.
  • Pay attention to safety when doing sea activities: Visitors who take part in the activities of high-speed motorboats, seaplanes and high-speed cruises should follow the instructions of the staff and wear life jackets. Implement safety measures and avoid carelessness. People with high blood pressure or heart disease should not go scuba diving.

Tips on Camera Protection

While taking beautiful pictures at the seaside, you must pay attention to protect the camera, not only the seawater is corrosive, but also the sea wind is corrosive; Even more important is to prevent fine sand from entering the lens and body of the camera.

  • Don't leave your camera on the beach casually, so as not to enter the fine sand, especially when changing lenses. 
  • The head of the camera should be covered with MRC-UV or skylight filter, to prevent wind and sea erosion.
  • If the camera is wet with spoondrift, dry it immediately. In severe cases, rinse with running water and dry immediately. If not repaired in time, the internal parts will soon rust.
  • When using a tripod, due to the soft sand, you should pay attention to whether the support is solid and reliable. In addition, the three legs of the tripod should also be fitted with empty boxes that do not stick sand. In this way, it can prevent tripod to be immersed in sand, and can avoid bringing sand into the stretch bar when shrinking and affect use. 

Shopping Tips

Matters Need Attention When Shopping at Sanya Haitang Bay Duty-free Shop

  • Shopping Policy: Domestic tourists aged 16 or above who fly out of Hainan island but do not leave the country may purchase it once a year. The accumulative purchase price shall not exceed 8000 yuan (including 8000 yuan), and there is a certain limit on the number of pieces.
  • Airport Pick-up Shopping Process: Select products-Settle account at the checkout counter where the goods are-Check shopping eligibility-Verification of identity-Payment-Confirm identify and flight information-Goods storage-Keep the bill of lading-Shipment to airport-Pick up goods against bill of lading in airport exclusion zone. 
  • Suits Are More Cost-effective: Keep in mind that duty free stores limit the number of pieces. Therefore, you can ask the salesman if there is a suit of the product, because the set is only one item no matter how many items it contains, so that you can buy as many items as possible within the limited quantity.
  • Purchase Limit Amount and Quantity Must Be Strictly Observed: Duty-free shops have a limit on the amount of purchase, more than a penny is not allowed by policy. So before we purchase, it is best to make a rough shopping plan, to ensure that the most wanted items will not be limited to purchase restrictions firstly and then slowly choose other goods.
  • Price Comparison in Advance: The price of duty-free goods in Sanya does have a great advantage, but it is better to know the counter price of goods before departure, and then go to the duty-free shop for price comparison, make sure you get the goods you want at a more economic price. 
  • Place of Delivery: The place of delivery at Sanya Phoenix airport is the airport exclusion zone in the opposite of the VIP room of the China Southern Airlines; The place of Delivery of Haikou Meilan airport is the Gate 4 in the exclusion zone. 

Other Tips

  • When you eat seafood, you can drink some liquor and rice vinegar in moderation, but you should not drink beer when you eat seafood, because drinking a lot of beer when you eat seafood will produce too much uric acid and cause gout. After eating seafood, do not eat cold drinks, watermelon and other food within an hour, and do not go swimming immediately. Seafood is rich in high protein, so for people who is easy to protein allergy, please do not eat too much, and coconut and seafood should not be eaten together.
  • When buying seafood, remember to pierce the bottom of the bag to drain the water.
  • Tropical fruit can not be gluttonous, such as mango and pineapple, it is easy to catch fire when eating too much. 
  • Coconuts are sweetest picked at noon, and coconut water can discolor clothes and make them hard to clean.
  • Do warm-up exercises before swimming to prevent cramps, and swim in a designated safe area. After swimming, you should not eat cold drinks, watermelon, seafood and other food immediately. Take good care of your belongings and articles when swimming.
  • Don't buy souvenirs like nautilus and hawksbill, or you can't get past security check. 
  • Try to shop in a non-scenic area so as not to be trapped. Every day 11:00-12:00 and 17:00-19:00 are shopping peaks, it is recommended to avoid these time.
  • Booking entrance tickets online in advance can be much cheaper than buying tickets on site. Most taxi and charter drivers also offer discounted tickets, so ask them if you can't buy it in advance.
  • The price of a chartered car can be determined by the number of days visitors rent it. If the number of days is more, you can properly negotiate with the driver, get a certain discount.
  • In Sanya, you can also use the mobile phone taxi software, the price will be cheaper than a taxi. You call at any time, convenient and quick.
  • Tourists are advised to bring their own swimming laps. The rental of swimming rings at the beach store costs 30 or 40 yuan at a time. It is really not worth spending hundreds of yuan to rent swimming laps for going to the beach a few times. 


Cash machines are quite common in Sanya downtown, but there are few ATM machines in Yalong bay and Dadonghai, so try to calculate the cash you need to spend and bring some more. The hotel and restaurants of Yalong bay and Dadonghai support paying by card. But if you're planning to feast on seafood at the first market and shop for tropical fruits and seafood at Honggang market, be sure to have cash on hand. But today, mobile payments (WeChat pay and Alipay pay) are available in most places of China, even if you just buy a bottle of water.

  • Bank of China中国银行
    Address: No.1093, Jiefang Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区解放路1093号
    Tel: 0898-88676155/0898-88676403
  • Bank of China中国银行
    Address: No.35, Jiefang 4 Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区解放四路35号
    Tel: 0898-88676038/95566
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China中国工商银行
    Address: No.743, Jiefang Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区解放路743号
    Tel: 0898-88283241
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China中国工商银行
    Address: No.539, Jiefang Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区解放路539号
    Tel: 0898-88272892
  • China Construction Bank中国建设银行
    Address: Fenghuang Road, Jiyang District, Sanya City三亚市吉阳区凤凰路
    Tel: 0898-38886005
  • China Construction Bank中国建设银行
    Address: No.2, Haiyun Road, Sanya Tourist Area, Jiyang District, Sanya City三亚市吉阳区三亚旅游区海韵路2号
    Tel: 0898-88212771/0898-88213097
  • China Construction Bank中国建设银行
    Address: Sanya Bay Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区三亚湾路
    Tel: 0898-38899959/95533
  • Agricultural Bank of China中国农业银行
    Address: No.561, Jiefang Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区解放路561
    Tel: 0898-88254116/0898-95599/0898-88276173

Expresses and Post Offices

The postal code in Sanya is 572000. Sanya city has many post offices and express services, sending postcards and parcels is very convenient. The postage for sending postcards is usually 0.8 yuan per sheet. Postcards of Hainan scenery are sold in the shopping malls of tourist attractions and some luxury hotels. Generally, hotels over 3 stars provide free mail service, and postcards can also be posted to the post boxes near tourist attractions.

  • China Post中国邮局
    Address: No.13, Jiefang 3 Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区解放三路13号
    Tel: 0898-88272543/0898-88260555
  • China Post中国邮局
    Address: No.128, Xinmin Road, Haitang Bay, Haitang District, Sanya City三亚市海棠区海棠湾新民路128号
  • China Post中国邮局
    Address: Jixiang Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区吉祥路
    Tel: 0898-88260213
  • China Post中国邮局
    Address: No.661, Yuya Road, Jiyang District, Sanya City三亚市吉阳区榆亚路661号
  • China Post中国邮局
    Address: No.5, Yacheng Wantong Road, Yazhou District, Sanya City三亚市崖州区崖城万通路5号
    Tel: 0898-88881048/11183
  • SF Express顺丰速运
    Address: No.325, Fenghuang Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区凤凰路325号
    Tel: 95338
  • YTO Express圆通快递
    Address: No.25, Linchun River 3 Alley, Jiyang District, Sanya City三亚市吉阳区临春河三巷25号
    Tel: 95554
  • STO Express申通快递
    Address: Yuya Avenue, Jiyang District, Sanya City三亚市吉阳区榆亚大道
    Tel: 95543


Each beach will have its own special beach inspectors, lifeguards and medical aid stations. If there is an accident on the beach (coral cuts, jellyfish stinging, drowning, etc.), you can ask the beach inspectors for help. Medical stations have been set up in various scenic spots to deal with emergencies such as heatstroke and falls.

  • People's Hospital of Sanya City三亚市人民医院
    Address: No.558, Jiefang Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区解放路558号
    Tel: 0898-88273806/0898-88557733
  • PLA 425 Hospital解放军第四二五医院
    Address: No.86, Sanya Bay Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区三亚湾路86号
    Tel: 0898-88290708/0898-88668425
  • Sanya Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine Affiliated to Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine广州中医药大学附属三亚中医院
    Address: No.106, Fenghuang Road, Jiyang District, Sanya City三亚市吉阳区凤凰路106号
    Tel: 0898-88222770/0898-88275345
  • Yuehai Hospital Affiliated to Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine广州中医药大学附属粤海医院
    Address: No.63, Yuya Road, Jiyang District, Sanya City三亚市吉阳区榆亚路63号
    Tel: 0898-88214912
  • The People's Liberation Army General Hospital Hainan Hospital中国人民解放军总医院海南医院
    Address: Jianglin Road, Haitang District, Sanya City三亚市海棠区江林路
    Tel: 0898-38866666/0898-38830111
  • The Third People's Hospital of Hainan Province海南省第三人民医院
    Address: No.146, Jiefang 4 Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区解放四路146号
    Tel: 0898-88291120/0898-88290120/0898-38225732


  • Today X Bookstore今日X书屋
    Address: Fenghuang Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区凤凰路
    Tel: 0898-88955555
  • Haicheng Bookstore海呈书局
    Address: No.357, Jiefang 2 Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区解放二路357号
    Tel: 0898-88699168/18789966676
  • Happiness Book Bar幸福书吧
    Address: No.16, Luhuitou Road, Jiyang District, Sanya City三亚市吉阳区鹿回头路16号
    Tel: 0898-88696010/15248926550
  • Xinhua Bookstore新华书店
    Address: No.206, Jiefang Road, Tianya District, Sanya City三亚市天涯区解放路206号
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