A Day in Sanya (China)

February 24, 2019 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Aside from going to Vietnam in our recent trip with Star Cruises' SuperStar Virgo, we also went to Sanya, China. (See: Exploring Ha Long Bay for a Day with Star Cruises SuperStar Virgo)

Upon arriving in Sanya, there was a welcoming ceremony for SSV. 

Again, there was already a prepared excursion trip for us and it can be availed online or inside the ship. Our tour guide here was Sam, which was quite helpful since people in Sanya barely speak English. Also had to take a photo of the water. Lol. 
Check out Sanya's coast and road with these time-lapse videos:

Our first stop is the Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone. It is a rare, large-scale eco-cultural tourism zone themed around Buddhist culture, ecological culture, and "longevity culture." It is China's biggest Buddhism-themed tourism zone and it was the country's first listed 5A attraction (AAAAA are the most important and best-maintained tourist attractions in the People's Republic of China, given the highest level in the rating categories used by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.). It features a temple (Nanshan Temple) and a 108-meter Nanshan South-Sea Kwan-yin Bodhisattva Statue, which is regarded as a state-level treasure.
Seen at a distance is the Guanyin StatueThe statue has three aspects: one side faces inland and the other two face the South China Sea, to represent blessing and protection by Guanyin of China and the whole world. One aspect depicts Guanyin cradling a sutra in the left hand and gesturing the Vitarka Mudra with the right; the second with her palms crossed, holding a string of prayer beads; and the third holding a lotus. As of August 2018, this is the twelfth tallest statue in the world and the tallest statue of Guanyin in the world.
Our next stop was the Nanshan Hotel which gives a good view of the park and the Guanyin statue. This is also where we had our lunch.
Here are the dishes that we had at the hotel:
Braised Pork.
Hainanese Duck.
Hainanese Chicken.
Sweet and Sour Fish.
Buttered mushrooms.
Taro with Coconut Milk.
Fried Rice.

For all the dishes that we had, we found it to be bland so we asked for some salt. Apparently, everything went really good once we added salt. I think it's because of our Filipino palate that we are used to well-seasoned and quite salty dishes. The meals we had were great, though. They served quite a selection and mostly healthy dishes. What I also learned on this trip is that they serve rice last. Something that we are not used to since we normally mix the meats with rice. I love the duck and cabbage.
The local product shop is where you can buy local products like snacks, clothes, and souvenirs. I didn't buy anything at this shop, though. It was quite pricey for me, considering I'm in China.
On our way to our final stop was a grocery store which was near the summer mall. I noticed that there was a lot of locals shopping here so I managed to check it out. Indeed, the prices here are cheaper than the previous one that we visited. I was able to buy my souvenirs and snacks here. 
The Summer Mall is one of the biggest shopping center in Sanya, mainly selling international brands and top quality products from the mainland. You'll find a good selection of make-up, perfumes, watches, jewelry, clothing, shoes, silk, and golf equipment here. 
We found a KFC truck just outside the mall and my friends tried this out. Their recommendation was the ice cream cone (and it's not available in the Philippines).
Right across the summer mall was a small shop which sells tea and some souvenirs. The vendor doesn't speak English but when it comes to money, it's a common language. I was able to haggle using pen and paper since I bought quite a lot. My favorite was the tea. I don't know what it's called but at that time, I said "oolong." I was expecting that the vendor would give me oolong tea but when I smelled the container, I'm pretty sure it wasn't oolong--I still bought it, though. Why? IT SMELLED SO GOOD! It was so creamy just by the scent. And it was really good, too.
Outside the summer mall, you can find food stalls and some vendors selling local products. The dishes that they serve are both Chinese and Russian cuisine--China has good ties with Russia and you can find various Russian restaurants around Sanya. What's amazing about China is that everyone has a cashless system and they just pay through WeChat. As tourists, you can still pay with cash, though.
Took a snap of their motorcycles. Cute.
Another thing that China is known for is their knock-down products. I found one which seems to be a spoof of a famous luggage brand. Can you tell what it is? Hehe.
The day is done and we are heading back to SSV. What a beauty.

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