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About Sanya

Sanya is China’s southernmost city with some 10,000 years of recorded history.

In 1992, archaeologists unearthed human relics that are among some of earliest known; groups of graves from ancient Persia were found along the coast.

Historically, Sanya was known as Yazhou and described as “the end of the earth”, owing to the city’s distance from the mainland and the central government. 


All international travellers require visas to enter China.

Brunei, Japan and Singapore passport holders can enjoy visa-free access to China for up to 15 days.

Standard 30-day, single-entry visas can be issued in three to five working days from most Chinese embassies, and must be used within three months of the date of issue. Longer visas are often more difficult to obtain.

For further details, consult with your travel agent, China International Travel Service, China Travel Service, or any Chinese embassy or consulate.

View visa requirements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China


The Chinese currency is known as renminbi (RMB). Credit cards are accepted in major hotels and shopping malls.

Here are the most recent exchange rates for some common currencies.

RMB 1.00 equals:

Exchange Rates Currency
0.19 Australian Dollar (AUD)
0.14 Euro (EUR)
0.12 British Pound (GBP)
1.14 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
9.87 Indian Rupee (INR)
15.40 Japanese Yen (JPY)
0.21 New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
0.21 Singapore Dollar (SGD)
0.15 US Dollar (USD)


In compliance with regulations, with effect 1 May 2016, all room, food and beverage and hotel services will be subject to Value Added Tax at the prevailing rates. At the same time, Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts will reduce service charge from 15% to 10%.


Many top and mid-range restaurants include a service charge that varies between establishments. Officially, tipping is considered inappropriate and is discouraged. 

Business Hours

Bank Hours
8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday through Friday

Office Hours
8.30am - 5pm, Monday through Friday

Shopping Hours
Summer: 9am - 9pm
Winter: 9am - 8pm 

Public Health

Visitors entering China are required to complete a health declaration form. Check with your local doctor about vaccination requirements when planning your trip.

Shangri-La recommends you drink only boiled or bottled water during your stay. Complimentary bottled drinking water is available in every room. 


Dress is generally casual in Sanya except on diplomatic or government occasions, when a formal suit (with or without a tie) is recommended.


Sanya has a tropical wet and dry climate, with very warm weather year-round. The coolest month is January, at 21.6 °C (70.9 °F), while the warmest is June, at 28.8 °C (83.8 °F); the annual mean is 25.8 °C (78.4 °F). Water temperatures remain above 20 °C (68 °F) year-round. 


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Local Climate
Month High Low
Jan 23ºC 18ºC
Feb 24ºC 18ºC
Mar 26ºC 21ºC
Apr 28ºC 23ºC
May 31ºC 25ºC
Jun 32ºC 25ºC
Jul 32ºC 25ºC
Aug 31ºC 25ºC
Sep 29ºC 24ºC
Oct 28ºC 23ºC
Nov 28ºC 20ºC
Dec 24ºC 16ºC



Time Zone
GMT + 8 hours

Metric System

220 volts

Plug Type

Mobile Phones
GSM 900 / 1800; CDMA 900 / 1800