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Old August 31st, 2009, 03:39 PM   #21
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Yalong Bay 亚龙湾


Yalong Bay (亚龙湾, sometimes 牙龙湾), is a 7.5km beach located southeast of Sanya City, Hainan Province, China. It is also known as the Yalong Bay National Resort. The climate is warm and sunny all year around, and Sanya is known as China's Hawaii.

Regarded as the best beach in Hainan Province, many internationally-operated hotels have been constructed at Yalong Bay, including the Gloria Resort (the first five star resort in China), Sheraton Sanya Resort, Marriott Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Resort, and Holiday Inn Resorts. Several domestically-operated hotels including Resort Horizon, Mangrove Tree Hotel, and Cactus Resort have also been constructed.
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Yalong Bay National Resort Key Statistics (from www.ylb.com)
亚龙湾相关数据海湾面积


66平方公里 (66 sq km resort area)
沙滩长度:8公里 (8 Km beach)
海水能见度:10米 (10 m water visibility depth)
年均气温:25.5℃ (yearly average temperature)
年均水温:25.1℃ (yearly average water temperature)
冬季最低水温:22℃ (lowest water temperature in the winter)
平均日照时间:300天以上 (over 300 days of sushine per year)
健康指数:96-100 (health index?)

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Sanya's Day in the Sun
China's tropical resort goes luxe

By BRUCE STANLEY
Wall Street Journal
AUGUST 14, 2009

SANYA, CHINA -- Sanya, the southernmost seaside city in China and holiday hub of the island of Hainan, has long drawn Chinese tourists to its clean white sand and year-round balmy conditions. But only recently have luxury hotel chains started to see potential: Within the past 16 months, Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and Banyan Tree have arrived, joining earlier arrivals Intercontinental, Marriott, Hilton and Accor. That's not to mention the Howard Johnson that became Sanya's biggest deluxe hotel when it opened its 1,360 rooms in December.

Local authorities tout Sanya as China's answer to Hawaii, and have borrowed elements from seaside destinations ranging from Thailand's Phuket to Mexico's Cancún to the French city of Cannes -- which inspired a plan, not yet in place, to restrict a beachfront road to bicycles and electric vehicles. "We're still only at the beginning," says Tang Sixian, the Sanya Tourism Development Board's deputy director.

Sanya had more than six million visitors last year, 12% more than in 2007 and about 30% more than in 2006, according to the tourism board. The city boasts of being China's "forever tropical paradise" -- a status many of the Chinese visitors, men and women both, celebrate with tropical garb that might stand as the island's symbol: a loud floral shirt with matching knee-length shorts. For newly rich Chinese, the chance to indulge themselves at a five-star beach resort, while speaking their own language and enjoying familiar comfort food, is a powerful draw.

Ritz-Carlton spokeswoman Vivian Deuschl says the company chose Sanya "because there are few resort areas in China, and [Sanya] is seen by many in the travel industry as having much of the appeal Bali has had over the years, especially for affluent Asians." The Mandarin Oriental Sanya is the only property the company manages in mainland China so far, though it's developing projects in Guangzhou and Beijing; its Beijing hotel was to have opened this summer in the China Central Television tower that was ravaged by fire last February. "Sanya is a very, very tourism-oriented city, and a lot of the big (hotel) names are there," says the Sanya resort's spokeswoman, Rebecca Hui.

Sanya has proved popular with non-Chinese as well, notably from Russia, South Korea and Japan. Cruise lines added Sanya to their itineraries after the first phase of a passenger terminal, planned to be one of Asia's biggest -- and built on a manmade island created for that purpose -- opened in 2007.

Visitors from outside China do have to work harder to get to Sanya. There are charter flights from Russia (charter flights from England were abandoned after six months for lack of profit), but the only cities outside the mainland with scheduled direct flights are Seoul and Hong Kong. And the weak global economy has pinched the flow of overseas visitors. The number of Korean visitors plummeted during South Korea's recent economic woes. The Sanya Marriott Resort & Spa says its numbers of guests from Russia and the U.S. were each down more than 50% in the first quarter from a year earlier. But many hotels report a rise in Hong Kong visitors, for whom Sanya, just 600 kilometers away, is a reasonable minibreak destination in a tough economy. And the domestic travelers keep coming.

"We could survive easily with the mainland Chinese business," says Gerd Knaust, general manager of the Mandarin Oriental Sanya. "It's more than enough." Hotels were packed during the Chinese New Year holidays in January, for example -- even though some hotels more than tripled their room rates.

Except for Sanya, Hainan isn't renowned as a magnet for tourists. Resembling a teardrop falling away from China's southern coast, the island, slightly smaller than Taiwan, was long known as a place of exile for political troublemakers. Its best-known native son was Charlie Soong, father of the famous Soong sisters, of whom one married Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen and another Gen. Chiang Kai-shek (the third settled for a rich banker). The island hit the news in 2001 when a U.S. spy plane made an emergency landing there after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet. Sanya itself raised its international profile by hosting the Miss World beauty pageant four times over five years starting in 2003.

Sanya's beach culture originated at Dadonghai, a congested strip of sand near the city center. A more recent crop of hotels, mostly Chinese-owned and operated but including a Holiday Inn and a Kempinski, has sprung up on the western outskirts of the city at Sanya Bay, a 20-minute drive from downtown on the road to the airport. But Sanya's grand strand lies half an hour by car to the east of the city at Yalong Bay. The Chinese navy controlled Yalong and kept developers away until the mid-1990s, but now 16 luxury hotels line a sparkling beach. The first was the Hong Kong-managed Gloria, which opened in 1995. International brands, led by Holiday Inn and Sheraton, arrived soon after that. The Ritz-Carlton, which opened in April 2008, was among the last to secure a sea view. But hotels keep going up -- now in a second row, back away from the beach.

In spite of Yalong's popularity, it doesn't feel crowded. Its beachfront hotels have immaculate, landscaped gardens with a commanding view of the waters of sheltered Yalong Bay. At the Marriott, for example, guests ramble amid breadfruit and frangipani trees and photograph one another by an enormous, amoeba-shaped swimming pool. Couples shuffle to the beach in their hotel slippers and Marriott robes, while elderly guests play mah jong on a beach towel at an outdoor bar.

Without Yalong, "it would be very hard to sell Sanya" as a top-tier destination, says Mr. Tang of the Sanya tourism board. This being China, Sanya's tourism authorities have bigger ambitions. A bay called Haitangwan, farther along the eastern coast toward the city of Boao, boasts a 21-kilometer beach -- several times as long as the one at Yalong. A modern highway connects Sanya with Haitangwan, and an express train link there is to be completed by 2013. The tourism board predicts that Haitangwan will boast some 40 top-end resorts within 20 years. "Everyone" wants to be there, says Edmund Ko, director of marketing for the Sanya Marriott.

But aside from copious sand and sun, what else does China's "forever tropical paradise" offer a visitor? Mr. Knaust of the Mandarin Oriental, which opened in January on a secluded, rocky beach just around a headland from Dadonghai, says Sanya "is not as culturally diverse as Bali." The Mandarin's solution is to offer as many as three different instructor-led activities each daylight hour -- say, a choice of lessons in scuba, table tennis or cooking mango pudding.

With 11 restaurants and bars and a spa offering treatments ranging from golfer's massage to "pore-refining" facials, the hotel aims to provides a self-contained experience. Each of its teak-paneled villas comes with butler service, a private infinity pool and a gazebo.

Hainan actually does offer some cultural diversity for visitors. About 1.2 million of the people living on the island are Li, one of the 55 ethnic minority groups officially recognized in China. Most now live in towns and have lost much of their own language and culture, but there are still pockets where the old ways prevail -- or are preserved to some degree for tourists, as at the re-created village at Bing Lang Yuan. Don't be put off by the parking lot full of tour buses and the guides in matching straw hats bellowing into bullhorns. Bing Lang Yuan is a worthwhile theme park of indigenous folkways.

Visitors can explore thatched houses, smoke a bamboo water pipe, listen to folk songs and sample milky-looking rice wine. A well-organized museum about the Li -- a placard calls them "a living fossil" -- displays pottery, hand-made guns and other artifacts. The museum provides ample information in English, as does another that is devoted to traditional Li brocade clothing (worn by strikingly tall, Western-looking mannequins). Elderly Li women with their people's distinctive spidery blue tattoos on their faces and legs weave garments on simple lap looms and offer them for sale.

The cultural education at Bing Lang Yuan can take a surprising -- and somewhat disturbing -- turn. One day earlier this year, tourists crowded around a tiny pool to hurl bamboo spears at a dozen pitiful catfish, some already floating belly up in 30 centimeters of water. At a nearby shooting range, other visitors fired wooden darts from Li-style crossbows at live birds tethered to the ground.

Visitors to Sanya can also find snorkeling and windsurfing on West Island, off the shores of Sanya Bay, and Wuzhizou Island near Yalong. Sanya has become popular with a small clan of overseas surfers who appreciate the good surf that Hainan's southern coastline typically enjoys every month but April; at Shimei Bay, about 80 kilometers from Sanya, the swells break at heights of up to three meters and peel in long waves. Sanya has hosted at least two international surfing contests.

Getting Chinese to try the sport can be a challenge, says Brendan Sheridan, a 29-year-old American who sells and rents surfboards from a one-room shop near Dadonghai Beach. He recalls persuading one Chinese visitor to take a lesson, only to have her ask if she could take her sun umbrella with her. "I just laughed," he says. "She went out without it and was fine."

Sanya isn't renowned for its night life, but visitors seeking a change from hotel bars and easy-listening Filipino bands can try the rambunctious dance halls along Yuya Avenue downtown. "Bar Street," a block-long stretch of clubs, throbs with music from pop to techno. One of the more distinctive bars, 66, is a Chinese take on a U.S. roadhouse or saloon, furnished with antique bric-a-brac and retro-looking industrial pipes and flywheels.

Still, hoteliers fret that Sanya must do more to diversify its appeal.

"After you've gone to the beach or sat around the pool for a couple of days, there's not enough to do," says Peter Wise, general manager of Accor's Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa. Sanya's four golf courses, for instance, can get crowded, especially for tourists who like to play in large groups. More courses are planned, but some hotel managers are urging local tourism officials to think on a grander scale. One suggests Sanya take a cue from Dubai and build an indoor ski slope.

Petty crime also is a problem. Pickpocketing in markets frequented by tourists is "a headache," and Sanya needs to at least triple its 1,000-strong police force, says the tourism board's Mr. Tang.

Some foreigners, unused to haggling, grumble that Sanya's taxi drivers and shopkeepers are out to fleece them. "After two hours, you feel very angry. You cannot relax," says Yuliya Sergeeva, a lawyer from Moscow. And even the five-star family resorts at Yalong Bay are vulnerable to prostitution. A security guard at the Hilton Sanya Resort & Spa cheerfully offered to procure, for one guest, a woman for the night.

Yet the charms of tropical China are undeniable, and plenty of visitors succumb. Sanya "surpassed my expectations," says Australian Chris Marks, an engineering company director who lives and works in Shanghai.

Mr. Marks chuckles as he and his wife and two teenage daughters join a crowd of Chinese boarding a tour bus outside the Holiday Inn Sanya Bay. "It's supposed to go to some shopping area," he says. "But if it doesn't, hey, it'll be an adventure."

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Getting there

The best time to visit Sanya is from October to March, when temperatures range between 21 and 25 degrees Celsius. Summers are hot and bring more rain.

Direct flights to Sanya Phoenix International Airport are available from Seoul-Incheon (on China Eastern Airlines), Hong Kong (on Dragonair) and several cities in mainland China (on China Eastern, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and other Chinese carriers).

Hainan Island has rail links to mainland China, with the train itself actually carried across on a ferry. So visitors with time to spare can take a train from Shanghai, Beijing or Guangzhou to Haikou, Hainan's other major city -- located on the northern side of the island, near where the ferry lands -- and on to Sanya, another 360 kilometers or so. From Shanghai, the journey to Sanya takes about 36 hours; from Guangzhou, about 15.

You can also catch an ordinary ferry to Haikou. From there taxis and buses can take you to Sanya along a modern highway.

Where to stay

Most of the international-standard hotels and resorts are clustered in three locations around the city itself. Kempinski and Holiday Inn have seaside hotels at Sanya Bay, a quiet but rather isolated area on the western edge of the city not far from the airport. The Kempinski Hotel Sanya has a pretty beach and claims to be home to the city's only authentic German-style Brauhaus serving freshly brewed beer. Rooms this month start at $168 a night (www.kempinski-sanya.com).

Banyan Tree and Mandarin Oriental have resorts near Dadonghai, a beach close to central Sanya. Banyan Tree has 49 villas in a tropical-lagoon setting. Oceanfront villas with a personal swimming pool and heated jet pool are now going for $644 a night (www.banyantree.com).

Yalong Bay, a 30-minute taxi ride east of Sanya, has the biggest concentration of luxury resorts, most of them with spacious lots on the beach. One of the first on the scene was the Sanya Marriott Resort & Spa, which opened in 2004. It has immaculate gardens and a breezy open-air lobby. Ocean-facing rooms with a king-size bed are running $271 a night (www.marriott.com/syxmc).

The Ritz-Carlton has 450 rooms and villas at a rambling, park-like property at one end of the beach at Yalong Bay. It offers eight restaurants and lounges and boasts of having the region's biggest spa. Ocean-view rooms now start at $278 a night (www.ritzcarlton.com).

One row back from the beach is the Pullman Sanya Yalong Bay Resort & Spa, with colossal, Thai-inspired reception halls and a large compound of villas. It lacks a beachfront location, but electric carts shuttle guests to a nearby strip of beach reserved for them. The Pullman's current rates start at $105 a night (www.pullmanhotels.com).


—Bruce Stanley is a writer based in Dubai.
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