Top climate and lifestyle bring more accolades
Sanya’s renown was further enhanced after it was listed among the country’s top 10 leisure cities in early December.
Following expert recommendations and online polling, the coastal city in South China’s Hainan province was among the winners in the event organized by Insight China magazine every three years.
It is the second time Sanya was named a top 10 leisure city since the competition was first held in 2007.
Online respondents said that Sanya is well equipped with leisure amenities and has playful residents, calling it a place where time slows down.
The city has won many other accolades including the best coastal destination and a livable city due to its scenery and climate.
With the weather now cold in many parts of China, people tend to stay inside to avoid illness and the notorious smog that usually comes with winter.
But it is a different picture in Sanya. With clear air, a pleasant tropical climate and possibly the country’s best beach, it beckons tourists from China and abroad.
And greenery abounds in winter as the temperature in the city ranges from 19 to 25 C in the coldest time of the year.
It is also especially attractive to Russians. Many have now moved to Sanya.
In the pioneering city for coastal tourism, local authorities have also developed maritime tourism that offers offshore sightseeing and yachting.
Its natural setting and sou n d f a c i l it i e s even impressed former secretarygeneral of the World Tourism Organization Francesco Frangialli when he visited the city in 2000.
“Sanya is far more beautiful than I imagined,” he said.