At one point, Hainan was considered a backward place serving as a place of exile for failed officials.
Hainan is China’s smallest province, and also the largest island under the jurisdiction of the People’s Republic of China. Hainan is also the only island province administered by the PRC.
Hainan’s climate is tropical, characterised by hot and humid summers, with mild, pleasant winters. Temperatures usually range from 24-35°C in the summer, and 19-25°C in the winter.
Today, it is undergoing heavy tourist-oriented development with various international hotel chains establishing resorts, especially in the Sanya area. It has been popular with Russian tourists for decades. Now it is being promoted as “China’s Hawaii”.
Sanya is one of the three prefecture-level cities of Hainan and the southernmost city on the Chinese island. According to the 2010 Census, the population of Sanya is of 685,408 inhabitants, living in an area of 1,919.58 square kilometres (741.15 sq mi). The city is renowned for its tropical climate and has emerged as a popular tourist destination, also serving as the training site of the Chinese national beach volleyball team. Sanya is home to small concentrations of Utsul people.
Sanya is positioned along the southernmost coast of Hainan Island in the South China Sea. Conveniently located only 25 minutes from Sanya Phoenix International Airport and 15 minutes from the heart of Sanya City, Sanya is a haven of luxury nestled between sandy beaches and scenic mountains, providing a gateway to a wonderful variety of natural and cultural adventures.