Hainan

Sanya

Hubei

Three Gorges Dam

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Sanya

Sanya beachSanya is the beautiful southern city of Hainan island. It’s sand is nearly white and it stays warm year round. Last winter when I went it was warm enough to wear shorts and a t-shirt, but swimming was not popular due to the chilly water. There is a long row of new luxury resorts, many still under construction. In the winter it was not crowded and we easily found a hotel without a reservation. You can get to Hainan by air or train from Guangzhou. Wait…ride a train onto an island, you say? Yes, it is indeed true that there is an overnight train departing from Guangzhou and arriving in Hainan…by ferry. The train is split into sections and loaded on an enormous ferry that then crosses the strait.

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