Top cli­mate and life­style bring more ac­co­lades

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS - By LI FUSHENG li­fusheng@chi­nadaily.com.cn

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.

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