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People of Sanya
One of the most fascinating aspects of Sanya is the local minority peoples, the original inhabitants of the island who have lived here, relatively undisturbed, for thousands of years. Their cultures, customs and ways of life remain largely intact, especially if you venture into the mountainous heartland of the island.
These ethnic minority groups are mainly distributed in the mountain areas, of these, the Gaofeng Area and Yaliang Area are home to the Li and Miao People and the Hui are the dominant ethnic group at Huixin and the.. 15/07/2016

Sanya's Culture

Sanya also boasts an abundant culture heritage covering thousands of years of history. Must-see cultural sites for tourist city include the 108-metre statue of Guanyin in Nanshan Temple, Tianya Haijiao (The End of the Earth), Daxiaodongtian(Dongtian Park), Luhuitou Park, and Wuzhizhou Island.
Sanya is one of the few places in China where the Li ethnic group have settled. Over the past thousand years, this ethnic group has created architecture, music and dancing, garments and brocades. The face tattoos of the Li people have b..

Sanya's History

Known in ancient times as Yazhou, literally "cliff state or prefecture", Sanya's boasts a history of more than 2000 years. Due to its remoteness from the political centers during the Imperial China eras on Mainland China, Sanya was sometimes called Tianya Haijiao, meaning "the end of the sky and ocean" or "the end of the earth". As a result, the city served as a place of exile for officials who found themselves out of favor with the country's rulers.
In the 3rd year of the Republic of C..

Famous Sanya

fourdish Four famous Hainan dishes in Sanya
The following famous Hainan dishes are unique to the province and well worth ordering when visiting local restaurants in Sanya.
Wenchang Chicken (文昌鸡)

The precursor of the dish known around the world as Hainan Chicken, this dish comes from the city of Wenchang in the north of Hainan Island.
The chickens used in the dish are raised free-range in the Wenchang area and fed a diet of bran and coconut.
Traditionally the bird i..