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Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya October 10th 2015

1. September: Dieser Tag war unglaublich anstrengend. Nicht weil ich soviel getan habe, aber weil ich den ganzen Tag über das gleiche getan habe. Da ich ja jetzt der foreign coordinator war musste ich mit April zusammen die zehn fehlenden Freiwilligen aus ganz China vom Flughafen abholen. Wir sind also mit dem Bus auf das Flughafengelände gefahren und haben uns auf dem Terminal für Ankünfte positioniert. Die erste Freiwillige ist um halb drei angekommen und der letzte um 22 Uhr. Wir haben jeden neuen Freiwilligen zur Bushaltestelle begleitet und exakt den Weg zum Hotel erklärt, da die Bushaltestelle, direkt vor der Haustüre lag. Nach dem wir zusammen mit dem letzten Freiwilligen zurück gefahren sind habe ich mich auch glücklich in mein Bett geworfen. 2. September: Heute war der Tag gekommen, an dem wir auf das Dorf ... read more
Das schwimmende Fischerdorf
Der gesamte Komplex

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya March 1st 2015

Becky and I spent our Chinese Spring Festival holiday around Sanya, Hainan Province. Hainan is the largest Chinese island and is located off the coast of northern Vietnam. The Chinese nickname Hainan the “Chinese Hawaii.” I think it’s actually more like the “Chinese Florida” because there are thousands (millions? Hard to say, really!) of retired people (mostly from Dong Bei = China’s Northwest) who spend their winters along the coastline somewhere between Haikou and Sanya. We were actually meeting Becky’s parents in Sanya. They live in Xinjiang Province where temperatures often drop below -20 degrees Celsius so they were delighted to spend a month on the beach. Becky and I only had 12 days off (which is actually a long holiday according to Chinese standards) but it was enough time to visit the area around Sanya, ... read more
Good life! in Sanya
Selling Betel nuts in Hainan
Kung Fu fighting in Hainan!

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya July 9th 2014

Hi All, A bit of a trek out of Sanya, a couple of hours, but well worth it for the unbelievable view. Ok so the village is stinky and dirty, but hey it's a fishing village. I walked along the harbour, which is full of house boats and fishing vessels with huge arc lamps on them, and out towards the mouth of the harbour and just sat under the coconut trees watching the boats go in and out. It must be the bluest sky and sea I think I have ever seen. Really beautiful. I did make a bit of a mistake in Lingshui. to come back to Sanya I flagged down a bus which did go to Sanya but it managed to stop in every town and village along the way. It took forever, well ... read more

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya July 9th 2014

Hi All, You cannot get much more south in China than Sanya. This is the premier beach resort in China. The Chinese Hawaii, well not quite. To get some peace and quiet I took a 45 minute bus ride out of the city to Houhai. There are lots of Chinese tourists just as you get to the village but don't let this put you off. They are all going out to an island in the bay. Keep walking through the village and you come to the sea. I walked along the beautiful empty beach until I came to a sign saying military area. There was a sentry box with a soldier inside and he came out with his shield and truncheon so I sat down on the beach and stayed there with the soldier watching me. ... read more

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya April 5th 2014

Geo: 18.2458, 109.478Gill & Johns Guide to ChinaOur last couple of days in China have been spent being looked after and well fed in an international style hotel. A quick walk up the beach to build a few sand castles (see the pictures) and then sitting by the pool forcing down some very nice beef burgers (even better than Gills) or eating in an Italian restaurant. Nothing of interest to you dear reader so instead below are our thoughts and suggestions to anyone who wants to follow in our footsteps;Everyone we know who has been to China returns and says "you won't believe the rate of change". Everyone is quite right, no guidebook or map is worth the paper it is written on, it will be out of date before it is printed. The changes aren't ... read more
The Sun Shone Most of the Time
Somewhere in Siberia
The border

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya April 4th 2014

Geo: 18.2458, 109.478Despite the lousy weather forecast the sun is just about showing it's face through the clouds. Now we had a chance to explore our room and the rest of the hotel a little better and of course tested the toilet!As advertised previously we have a fiendish Japanese style toilet. Gill has been too much of a coward to try it but in the cause of science and to help inform you dear reader I have risked life, limb and private parts. There is a control panel next to the toilet and when the buttons are pressed a little pipe moves out of the toilet seat and squirts your bum with warm water. It is not gentle, see the photographs. There are two different jets which can be stationary or wave about.Once you have been ... read more
How Powerful?

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya April 2nd 2014

Geo: 18.2458, 109.478Our last day in the country, we very much enjoyed our time in Yangshuo, one area we would like to come back to. There is nothing wrong with Beijing, Shanghai and Xian but once you have seen the sights then there is less reason to go back. The area we have been in (pointy mountains, villages, slow way of life) would be worth spending a lot longer in.On the way to the airport we visited some limestone caves, very large and spectacularly lit, but nothing very special, and then our driver took us to what the hotel billed as a stone village. Actually it was a group of houses about 300 years old which have not been restored, there was lots of woodworm and dodgy floorboards but it was great, dare I say, to ... read more
Unrestored House
Traditional Ceramic Roofing

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya March 24th 2014

Thursday March 20th, left Hong Kong for an hour and 30 min plane ride to Sanya China. Sanya is located on the Southern Tip of China and is the Florida/ Arizona of China. I stayed at The Renaissance Hotel. Beautiful hotel, it is isolated and about 50 minutes from the airport and 40 minutes from downtown Sanya. If you are new to traveling to China, I highly recommend you hire a driver who speaks english and book tours. The locals at the resort speak limited English and when hailing taxi's or in downtown china besides Hello or Bye Bye there is no English. Or start brushing up on your Mandarin :) .. The goal of this holiday was to see more of Asia and to just relax and enjoy the sun and beach. I did make ... read more
cucumber martini

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya August 9th 2013

Friday, 9th August 2013 The countryside was decked with beautiful shades of green which most visitors would not have the time to linger on since they would be heading straight to the beaches. Breakfast at the Red Star Café this morning was an unforgettable experience. The huge restaurant was decorated in traditional Chinese furnishings with dark rosewood interiors overlooking the resort's infinity pool. The spread was enormous with a good mix of Asian and Western staples. Eggs Benedict was a surprise find at the cooking station available in both Hainanese and traditional versions. The only tourist facility that we visited during our two nights in Sanya was the Nanshan Temple, part of the sprawling Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone. This was about 60km from where we stayed along the southern coast of Hainan Island. The landmark of ... read more
Beautiful Haitang Bay
Be a Star @ Red Star Cafe

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya August 8th 2013

Thursday, 8th August 2013 Tiger Airways flight TR 2934 brought us straight to the city of Haikou in Hainan Province this morning. This was our seventh overseas trip together for our party of five. Our travel arrangements were made as early as January in anticipation of the super long weekend crunch. The journey began at Changi International Airport for the three hours flight to Haikou Meilan Airport. This was followed by a two-hour rail journey to Sanya Station where our resort was another 40 minutes drive from the train station. All in all, we probably spent half a day commuting to url= Sanya even though I certainly enjoyed the comfortable train journey. Along the way, we were greeted by the beautiful countryside with its lush veg... read more
Renaissance Sanya Resort & Spa
Our comfortable journey to Sanya

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