March 2017 – Sanya, China
Sanya is known for it’s beach life, as it’s found in the southern tip of Hainan Island, China. However if you want a little more adventure, you only need to travel within the hour and can get to a few rainforest parks. The one we selected was called Yalong Bay Tropic Paradise Forest Park (亚龙湾热带天堂森林公园).
The park itself is fairly big, but can easily be visited in just over half a day. Typically you have to take the park shuttle around, and stop off at the different sites, where you can explore. I recommend that you should take the shuttle all the way to the top “Tropical Paradise Square” (outer blue line), then walk your way down (following the orange lines).
There is a sea viewing pagoda “沧海楼” at the top, which is definitely worth a walk up to.
Check out that view! Here you can see the whole of Yalong Bay, most popular beach area and the surrounding islands.
There were a few other places up there, including a zipline that takes you all the way down the mountain. My mum is afraid of heights, so we walked down, through the forest.
We also decided to follow the crowd to the Lover’s bridge. A 30m long bridge connecting the mountain sides.
It’s all famous due to a Chinese film made here a few years back – 非诚勿扰 “If you’re the one”. The main characters came here to retreat from the hustle of the city, for moments of peace.
Can you see those little huts in the distance, they can actually be rented out. That’s where the main characters stayed. If I visited next time, I’d love to spend a few days there. No wonder they call it heaven on earth, imagine sitting on the side of a mountain, eating breakfast over looking the sea. And yes, that’s the hotel swimming pool, that view…
For more on places to visit in Sanya, see list here:
- Tianya Haijiao (天涯海角)
- Wuzhizhou Island (蜈支洲岛)
- Yalong Bay (亚龙湾)
Much love xx