Sanya lies at the southern tip of Hainan Island at Sanya Bay. Located at 18° 15' N latitude, it is about as far north of the Equator as the Island of Hawaii is. Though the administrative area (Sanya Prefecture) has a rough topography, the city itself is generally flat, lying on a parcel of land betw ...
The ancient name of Sanya is Yazhou (Chinese Postal Map Romanisation: Ngaichiu which literally means "cliff prefecture". Its history can be dated back to the Qin Dynasty (221 – 206 BC). During the Second Sino-Japanese War, Japan occupied the area from 1941–1945. Rechristened as Samah, the city was t ...
Information and Service
Emergency Police:tel.110 Fire:tel.119. Ambulance:tel.120 As a newly developed tourist destination, Sanya exists solely for tourism which is accompanied by annoyances including pickpocketeting and overcharging. Before arrival, travelers should be wary of getting the right address and most up to date telephone number for their hostels/hotels. Some hostels are located in a new district whose roads have just been laid out. Not many people, including the police, know where specific locations ar ...