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Sanya is one of main hubs for China's Road and Belt Initiative

Updated: 2017-09-19 13:30:58

Hainan Island will become one of the core areas of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road initiative, according to the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing from May 14th to 15th, 2017. Other regions included in the initiative are Shanghai, Fujian Province, Guangdong Province, and Zhejiang Province.

 

Thanks to this initiative, great changes will come about in cities including Sanya, Haikou, Shanghai, Tianjin, Ningbo, Zhoushan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhanjiang, Shantou, Qingdao, Yantai, Dalian, Fuzhou, Xiamen, and Quanzhou.

 

Sanya, located at the bottom tip of China’s Hainan Province on the South China Sea, has been one of China’s maritime gateways since ancient times. The tropical coastal tourist city will be an important strategic pivot point on the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

 

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Silk Road Tower in Yazhou Bay, Sanya

 

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A 95-meter-tall tower is now being built at the mouth of Ningyuan River near the Yazhou Central Fishing Port. The tower, which resembles a large zun — an ancient Chinese wine vessel — is named the Silk Road Tower. It is expected to become a new landmark in Yazhou District, featuring fantastic views overlooking Yazhou Bay. The structure will serve a variety of functions, including as a beacon for ships in the South China Sea and as a tourist attraction.

 

Largest international tourist center in South China by 2018

 

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Sanya has been implementing a diversified tourism marketing strategy in recent years. By 2018, the city’s annual tourist arrivals are expected to reach 20 million, including one million overseas tourists per year. By then, the city is expected to become the largest international tourist center in the South China region.

 

International tropical coastal tourist destination

 

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As a pioneer city in China’s tourism reform and development, Sanya is accelerating its work to upgrade its scenic spots and improve tourism infrastructure and public service systems. The city aims to develop into a model and professional holistic tourist resort city with a safe and comfortable tourism environment.

 

International gateway city with two airports

 

In addition to the Sanya Phoenix International Airport, Haikou Meilan International Airport, and Bo’ao Airport in Qionghai, construction of two new airports is underway in Hainan: the Danzhou Airport and Sanya’s new airport in Hongtang Bay.

 

 

 

Sanya’s new airport, the first airport in China to be built on an artificial island through land reclamation in the sea, will be situated in the Hongtang Bay Tourism Resort Zone in Tianya District. The airport is expected to begin trial operation on December 31st, 2020. Passenger throughput at the new airport is expected to reach 38 million by 2025 and 70 million by 2045.

 

International livable eco-city

 

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The ecological environment is key to Sanya’s sustainable development. The city plans to add more than 20 urban parklands within the next three years in an effort to develop its image as a “garden city.”