A direct flight from Chongqing to Sanya takes about 2hrs. The driver had been waiting at the airport before my arriving. However, the hotel I booked with their agent was far from Sanya airport. It actually requires hours of driving. Fortunately, I came in the low season and the kind driver offered me just to pay the difference and change to a resort that is in Dadonghai area.
Early morning, I woke up and found my room is filled with bunch of bright sunshine. And it was more exciting to see the wide sea through the window. Even better, the hotel has an open platform in their buffet restaurant for people to view the beautiful sea while having breakfast.
Half hours after breakfast, the tour guide picked me up in the hotel lobby for my 1 day tour. We firstly set for Nanshan Temple that belongs to the Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone which is about 40 km away from downtown Sanya. It is quite famous in China and a must for people of the first time. There were many prayers and the big Golden Jade Kwan-yin Statue was quite impressive. Have to recommend the incredible nice vegetarian lunch we had in the tourism zone, amazing and not costly.
Tianya Haijiao (edge of the sky, rim of the sea) is beautiful but should be more attractive for young lovers. The guide was nice to accompany me with legends happened here.
On the way back, I asked the driver to left me at Chun Yuan, which was highly recommended by my friend for the market and superb seafood. However, the market was yet completely open when I arrived. So I walked along the street until arrive the Mingzhu Aquare, a department store.
On the way back to Chun Yuan, I found Ming Run, which you can order fresh seafood directly. There were already many people, so I decided to have a try here instead of Chun Yuan, where I have to purchase seafood at nearby market, and then cook them at a Dapaidang.
While night was approaching, the weather cooled down and the wind brought salty flavor from the sea. Close to the hotel beach, some people set fireworks that lighted the night of this charming city.