Getting There

From Sanya's Phoenix Airport (tel. 0898/8889-5961) 20km (12 miles) northwest of downtown, daily flights connect to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. There are now direct flights to a number of European airports including Heathrow as well as a selection of ex soviet airports. Tickets can be bought at the Hainan Airlines office at Shangpin Jie, Dongfang Dasha, 1st floor (tel. 0898/8827-9487). A taxi to the airport costs around ¥45 ($5.85/£2.95).

From the bus station on Jiefang Er Lu (tel. 0898/8827-2440), express buses run to Haikou (3-3 1/2 hr.; ¥65/$9.75/£4.90) every 20 minutes from 7am to 11pm; and minibuses run to Tongzha (2 1/2 hr.; ¥20 ($2.60/£1.30) from 6:15am to 5pm. Long-distance buses run to Guangzhou (16 hr.; ¥271/$35/£18) from 11am to 4:10pm; and to Shenzhen (15 hr.; ¥ 271/$35/£18) at 11:50am. There are currently no passenger boats departing from Sanya.

Sanya now has a brand-new train station (tel. 0898/3188-7222) with direct trains to Guangzhou leaving at 4:50pm, 7:35pm, and 11:55pm.

Getting Around

Taxis cost ¥10 ($1.30/65p) for in-town destinations, and around ¥40 ($5.20/£2.60) to Yalong Wan. Buses depart for Tianya Haijiao (¥4/50¢/25p) from the eastern side of Jiefang Lu. Minibus no. 102 (30 min., ¥6/80¢/40p) ostensibly runs every half0hour from Yuya Dadao to Yalong Wan but is not very consistent. Otherwise, take a minibus to Tiandu from just east of the traffic circle on Gangmen Lu and transfer to a motorcycle taxi (¥10/$1.30/65p), which will take you the rest of the way. A large, blue double-decker open top tourist bus runs from the furthest extent of Yalong Bay all the way back across Sanya Bay for just (¥5 (65¢/35p).

Bikes can be hired for (¥20 ($2.60/£1.30) per day at the Wild Green Outdoor Club (Lu Ye Hu Wai Ju Le Bu; Sanya Wan Lu (tel. 0898/8836-9968).

Fast Facts

Banks, Foreign Exchange and ATMs -- The Bank of China (open Mon-Fri 8am-5:30pm) is on Jiefang Er Lu but does not have a ATM that accepts foreign cards.

Internet Access -- There's a spot (¥2/25¢15p per hr.) on the opposite corner of the Jinhong Resort.

Post Office -- The post office (open 8am-6pm) is on Jiefang San Lu just north of Xinfeng Lu.

Visa Extensions -- Visas can be renewed only in Haikou.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.