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 been highly praised as a ‘living fossil of body art’. The Miao and Hui people are other ethnic groups living in Sanya, and their various cultures and customs attract many visitors annually. The Sanyuesan Festival, also named the March Third Festival, is an interesting tradition to witness. It is celebrated in traditional ways by the Li and Miao groups on the 3rd day of the 3rd lunar month of the year.
Like most holiday towns, Sanya has long been a city of cultural diversity, which is reflected through a wide range of performing arts and entertainment. Visitors to the city will be greeted by a variety of night shows from ethnic performances to famous contemporary shows such as the Haitang Show at Wanda Theater, the Las Vegas Show at Beauty Crown Grand Center, and Sanya Romance Show at Qianguqing Grand Theater.