Blogs from Sanya, Hainan, China, Asia - page 9


Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya March 6th 2008

During the Spring Festival, many Chinese were scared of travelling because of the disastrous snowstorms in the south. My family hesitated and just decided to go, an easy way to settle down the endless discussion. Although many places were not as warm as we expected, we had a great time together. I hope to start my travel blog with Hainan Island-Asian Hawaii, to share with you all the joys and insights I have gained through travelling. Hainan is a tropical island just off the southern coast of the China mainland and across the Gulf of Tonkin from Vietnam. It has a totally unique culture and history. We arrived in Sanya, the "end of the earth", on Feb 14th, a romantic day to start with. Warm breeze touched our faces, arms, shoulders, and ankles. Comeing from the ... read more
The End of Earth
Wu Zhi Zhou Island
Fresh Coconuts on the street

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya February 23rd 2008

SORRY FOR SUCH A LONG TIME BETWEEN BLOGS. We travelled without the laptop for a while and pretty much just slept for the last week in Oz. Plenty more soon though I swear. We still have to write about Shanghai and Thailand. Hope you enjoy this one, loads of sun and pics.. (this one is for Paul and Elaine- our partners in crime :-) SANYA, HAINAN ISLAND, SOUTHERN CHINA On the 9th January we flew to Sanya with Shanghai Air, it was a good airline and a very comfortable flight, better than we had been expected. So we arrived into Sanya in the late evening and jumped onto a bus to the centre. Got to the Sanya Eagle Hostel, and were met with disappointment. The place wasn't that clean, the bathroom wasn't the nicest and it ... read more
Chillin' on the beach Sanya
Chillin' on the beach Sanya

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya February 6th 2008

Sanya, the warmest place of China in the winter, the beach of Hainan island (also the Hainan province) from extreme south, there is the place where the Chinese people like to go in the winter, normally Chinese would like go to warm place when it is cold, and go to the fresh place when it is hot, so Sanya in the summer is not high season in the China, but it is in the winter. Yalong bay is the most famous beach in the Sanya, probably the most beautiful beach in China, actually China is not famous by your beach's beauty. There is also the entrance fee to pay, but you can find another ways to get in the beach freely, just don't get the main entrance, normally they will leave you there when you take ... read more
Seeking lover
The path

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya January 27th 2008

Boarding the battered old ferry at Beihai we were torn between relief and trepidation: happy to be leaving that frozen, barren town but distinctly hesitant about the impending 12-hour sea-bucket journey. We had managed at the last minute to upgrade ourselves from the 30-to-a-room cattle-class about which we had heard so many colourful, zoological analogies and which, we now saw, offered little more than a bamboo mat and a selection of shrieking, smoking roommates. Putting Steerage a good deck below us, we settled into our cosier 2-bunk cabin to contemplate our trip. Behind us: Beihai, chilly wasteland with a very Chinese approach to ferry ticket sales. Ahead: the tropical island of Hainan and almost two weeks of warmed-up relaxation. Outside: a rusty corridor reminiscent of the 'follow the rats' scene from Titanic. So doing nothing was ... read more
Hanging Out in Beihai
Yellow Flower
Palms and Walking

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya January 10th 2008

The family is together for the first time since last summer. It all feels so right. Longing for the relaxing days of Pensacola in the spring, we decide a beach retreat might be just the thing to satisfy our desire to rekindle some of our memories of family fun on the beach while exploring a new area. Sanya bay on the southern tip of Hainan island is the southern most point of China with coastlines adorned by the warm, lovely South China Sea. Our 4 days are spent mostly soaking up the sun on the nearly deserted beach. We walked for hours, played a bit of coconut "P-I-G", body surfed the waves, and explored a couple fun restaurants. Our 4 BR apartment was graced with tropical island breezes, the sound of waves crashing the beach at ... read more
Lovely view
Lush vegetation
South China Sea

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya December 4th 2007

Alot has happend since I last wrote here. So try to keep it extremely short. Am really hungry at the moment as well so another reason to keep it short. Last days in Beijing was most about shopping. Nothing fro me almost though. Last night was a weird night. Had decided to stay up til 4 am to watch the england-croatia game. Had been out shopping non stop for 7 hours during the day and was very tired. But somehow manged to stay awake. Wnet to many bars and then ended up in a pub for the game. Me and three Englishs. Sorry guys. Took a taxi back to the hostel afterwards but the taxi driver had no idea where our hostel were (happens very often here, the taxi driver say they know the address but ... read more

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya September 24th 2007

I got off the bus at Sanya and was immediately lost, walking around looking for a street sign, a local asked me what I was looking for and pointed me in the right direction. Later on, I repeatedly asked random strangers for directions and they all were willing to help. Finally, one guy gave me a ride on his motorbike to the hostel I was looking for. The people here are so friendly. They call Sanya China's Hawaii. With its warm tropical climate, clean azure blue oceans, and fresh unpolluted air, Sanya has a completely different feel compared to the rest of China. The tourist boom has hit Sanya in a big way; there hotels and resorts everywhere you look. For some reason, this place is really popular with the Russians, some of the street signs ... read more
Huge Shrimp

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya July 28th 2007

Hi everyone, it’s been a while. We are currently in the Vietnamese beach resort of Nha Trang and we thought now would be a good time to update you on our travels! As some of you may have seen, the blog website crashed a few days ago which meant that all of our blogs were lost! However, using some computer wizardry we were able to restore most of the entries. I know a lot of you like to re-read these entries every day so I’m sure you are glad that they are back… I think we last spoke to you several weeks ago in Yangshou? Keep up at the back. We left there on a Chinese sleeper bus, the first one we had the pleasure of, on the way to Shenzhen. Shenzhen is on the very ... read more
Hong Kong
Disneyland, Hong Kong

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya July 17th 2007

Efter at have tilbragt tre dage på Hainan eller nærmere bestemt vores resort Sanya Horizon Resort & Spa må vi indrømme, at dette til fulde lever op til sine 5 stjerner og at stranden og havet også er Hawaii værdigt. Hvis I klikker på kortet med teksten: "View route map" kan I se beliggenheden af hotellet. Fra kortet kan I zoome ud og se det fra rummet også. Tiden er blevet brugt til at dase ved pølen og til at bade på stranden, hvor der er nogle vilde bølger. Der er flere forskellige pools, den mest populære hos pigerne er den med strøm i, hvor man kan svømme med strømmen via en kanal og blive drevet rundt om en stor ø. Desuden er vandrutschebanen også interessant og der er blevet taget mange ture alle dage. Selvom ... read more
This is life!
Pigerne på vej gennem strømmen
Pauline i spaen

Asia » China » Hainan » Sanya June 24th 2007

The Great Sanya Exploratory Mission My last report from Hainan wasn't very positive, I admit that. In fact, it was really harsh on the poor little island considering that I'd only been there a few days. Being the conscientious guy that I am, I decided to do some more detailed research into the workings of the island, an aim that I almost totally failed to succeed in. I've spent somewhere in the proximity of 12 days in Sanya now, the beach side metropolis that practically is Hainan, doing virtually the same thing every day. David (my Israeli roomate) and I wake up late as the sun is too strong for us to go to the beach any earlier than 4pm (a lesson learned through painful sunburn). Just down from our expensive yet fun hostel is a ... read more
Another Flower
What I Want to be Doing

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