The many facets of Sanya are best savored at a pace in tandem with its relaxed rhythms. Beyond its pristine beaches, a visit to this Hainan region is akin to stepping into a Chinese landscape painting adorned with sweeping mountains views and panoramic vistas of the sea. It is also a cultural degustation of sorts – with Sanya being the perfect starting point for sampling the nuances of indigenous cultures within a largely untouched, natural milieu.

EAT

Local Rice Noodle – Bao Luo Fen

Bao Luo Fen is a kind of rice noodle, which is accompanied by a tasty soup and hearty condiments. The menu here is priced reasonably; however, do be warned that the dining environment of this particular establishment might border on dingy for some.

Average: CNY10 per person
Address:  Beside the First Market, Hexi Road
Hours: 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Hou Hai Floating Restaurant

Another local culinary haunt, Hou Hai Seafood Hot Pot serves delicious seafood that patrons cook in their own vessels of simmering stock.

Average: CNY89 per person
Specialties: On Board Seafood
Address: Houhai Port 
Hours: 8 a.m. to midnight