Common Issues

History and Culture

Sanya, called Yazhou in ancient times, has a long history and later gained the title of "Tianya Haijiao". From the Han Dynasty to the Ming Dynasty, as many as 15 eminent prime ministers, ministers and scholars were banished to Hainan. Ten of them lived in Shuinan Village, Yacheng Town, Sanya, and many of their descendants still live here today. Sanya also boasts abundant and broadly-distributed cultural heritage resources, of which Dachai dances and Yacheng folk songs of the Li Nationality are included in the national intangible cultural heritage protection program, seven items, including the primitive pottery of this ethnic group are included in the provincial intangible cultural heritage protection program, 11 items, including the bow-drill fire making, are included into the city-level intangible heritage protection program.

Climatic Characteristics

Located in a low-latitude tropical area, Sanya has a tropical maritime monsoon climate, featuring suitable temperatures and long summer without winter all year round. With an annual average temperature of 25.7℃, it is known as a "natural greenhouse". Forest coverage in this region is as high as 64%. With abundant sunshine – about 2,534 hours of sunshine throughout the year, Sanya is also reputed as a "city of sunlight".

Topography and Geology

Sanya City is situated in a secluded and beautiful natural environment surrounded by mountains, seas and rivers, which together constitute its unique environmental characteristics. Main ports in this city include Sanya Port, Yulin Port, Nanshan Port, Tielu Port, Liudao Port, and major bays are Sanya Bay, Yalong Bay, Yazhou Bay, Dadong Bay, Yueliang Bay. 40 islands of different sizes, including 10 large islands, as well as dozens of geothermal hot springs are scattered in this area.


The Chinese Yuan, also known as Renminbi ( 人 民 币,“people’s money”), is the official currency of  China and is used throughout in mainland China. The basic unit of the Renminbi is the Yuan and the  symbol for it is ¥. 

The Chinese Yuan is further subdivided as follows: 1 Yuan=10 jiao (mao), and 1 jiao (mao) =10 fen Chinese money is issued by the People’s Bank of China in denominations of one, five, ten, twenty,  fifty, and one hundred yuan. The jiao/mao ( 角/毛 ) and fen ( 分 ) coins are both issued in ones and fives. 

For many travelers, exchanging money is frequently required during their trip, which is particularly true  for businessmen who do business in China. Currency exchange may be available in large banks, hotels, and  airports. Currency exchange rates can vary, so it is highly advised that you look into how much the Yuan is  worth before leaving on your trip. 

Sanya has a complete banking network, with ATMs equipped in many scenic spots and hotels. Please  note that cross-regional and cross-bank withdrawals from debit cards and credit cards may incur commission fees. Foreign currency exchange services are available over the counters in major banks. Do not  conduct transactions with illegal currency exchange agents on the street. 

Business hours for banks are  8:30-17:00 from Monday to Friday, and 10:00-16:00 on Saturday and Sunday. 

1. Bank of China (Sanya Branch) 

Address: 35 Jiefang Si Road, Tianya District, Sanya  

Phone: 0898-88676038 

2. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China  (Sanya Branch) 

Address: 743 Jiefang Road, Sanya  

Phone: 0898-88283241 

3. Bank of Communications (Sanya Branch) 

Address: Block D, Chuangye Building, Xinfeng  Road, Sanya  

Phone: 0898-88260207 

4. Agricultural Bank of China (Sanya Branch) 

Address: 561 Jiefang Road, Tianya District, Sanya  

Phone: 0898-88276173 

5. China Construction Bank (Sanya Branch) 

Address: 100 Shangpin Street, Jiyang District, Sanya 

Tel: 0898-88271242 

6. China Everbright Bank (Sanya Branch) 

Address: Ground Floor, Guangda Building, 479  Jiefang Road, Tianya District, Sanya


Mobile and Internet connection 

You can get a SIM card in the offices of three mobile carriers: China Mobile, China Unicom or  China Telecom by providing your ID (passport). There are different packages available with 4G  or even 5G Internet standard. It is common to find plenty of free WiFi in China throughout airports, restaurants, coffee  shops, and malls. A wireless internet connection is also something you can expect in a Chinese  hotel or even in a youth hostel. Usually you need to use your phone number to get access to it. 

1. China Mobile Sanya Business Hall

Address: 307 Jiefang Road, Tianya,District, Sanya  

2. China Unicom Communications Sanya Business Hall 

Address: 299-1 Jiefang Road, Tianya District, Sanya  

3. China Telecom 

Address: Jiefang Road, Tianya District, Sanya

Socket system used in China 

China get a socket system differing from the one in most western countries. There are two  main sockets proverbially used in China, namely type A and type I, which can also accept plugs  of type C or F that are widely used in most European countries. A standard socket on a wall  in China has two flat pins on the upper part and earthed three flat pins on the lower part. The  standard voltage of the electricity is 220 V, and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.

Contact info for foreign embassies & consulates


Consulate General of the United States, Guangzhou 

Address: Huaxia Road, Zhujiang New Town,  (near Exit B1 of the Zhujiang New Town subway station, Line 3 and Line 5), Tianhe District,  Guangzhou 

Tel.: +86-020-3814-5000 



British Consulate General Guangzhou  

Address: 22/F Guangzhou International Finance  Centre, 5 Zhujiang Road West, Zhujiang New Town 

Tel.: +86-20-8314-3000 



Australian Consulate General Guangzhou 

Address: Level 11 & 12, Development Centre, No. 3 Linjiang Road, Zhujiang New City 

Tel.: +86-20-3814-0111 



Consulate General of Canada (Guangzhou) 

Address: 26/F, TaiKoo Hui Tower 1, 385 Tianhe  Road, Tianhe District 

Tel.: +86-20-8611-6100



Japanese General Consulate in Guangzhou 

Address: Garden Tower, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu 

Tel.: +86-20-8334-3009



Consulate General of the Russian Federation in  Guangzhou

Address: 26A Development Centre, No.3 Linjiang  Dadao, Zhujiang Xincheng, 510623, PRC

Tel.: +86-20-85-185-001 


South Korea 

South Korea General Consulate in Guangzhou

Address: 18, Youlin Road 3 Chigang Consulate  Area , Haizhu District Guangzhou

Tel.: +86-20-2919-2999 



Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in  Guangzhou

Address: Indonesian Consulate General Dongfang  Hotel, 2nd Floor West BuildingLiu Hua Road, YueXiu District, Guangzhou 510016

Tel.: +86-20-8601-8772 



Consulate General of Malaysia in Guangzhou

Address: Units 1912 - 1918, Citic Plaza Office Tower, 233  Tian He Bei Road

Tel.: +86-20-3877-0763,



Everyday Chinese phrases & expressions

你好 ! [Nǐ hǎo] Hello!

谢谢 ! [Xièxie] Thank you!

不客气 ! [Bú kèqi] You're welcome!

请问 [qǐng wèn] Excuse me! (getting attention)

打扰一下 [Dǎrǎo yixià] Excuse me. (begging pardon)

对不起 [Duìbùqǐ] I'm sorry

没关系 [méiguānxi] It's okay. (polite response to "I'm sorry")

再见 [Zàijiàn] Goodbye!

拜拜 ! [Bai-bai ] Goodbye (informal)

我不会说汉语 [Wǒ bú huì shuō hànyǔ] I can't speak Chinese. 

你会说英语吗? [Nǐ huì shuō Yīngyǔ ma?] Do you speak English?

救命 ! [Jiùmìng] Help! (in emergencies)

我听不懂 [Wǒ tīng bu dǒng] I don't understand.

洗手间在哪里? [Xǐshǒujiān zài nǎlǐ] Where is the bathroom?

 ____ 怎么说? [____ zěnme shuō?] How do you say ____?

你有没有英文菜单? [nǐ yŏu méi yǒu yīngwén càidān?] Do you have an English menu?

我吃素 [wǒ chī sù] I’m a vegetarian.

我只吃清真食品 [wǒ zhǐ chī qīngzhēn shípǐn] I only eat Halal food.

买单 Bill, please.

去 ____ 的票多少钱 ? [qù ____ de piào duō shǎo qián?] How much is a ticket to ____?

去不去 ____( 火车站 )? [qù bu qù____ (huǒ chē zhàn)] Do you go to____ (the central station)?

请开到 ____。[qǐng kāidào ____] Take me to _____, please.

请打表 [qǐng dǎbiǎo] Please use the meter machine.

公交车 [gōng jiāo chē] bus

火车 [huǒ chē] train

地铁 [Dì tiě] metro/subway

电车 [diàn chē] streetcar

轻轨 [qīng guǐ] light rail

高铁 [gāo tiě] high-speed train

机场 [jī chǎng] airport

出租车 [chū zū chē] Taxi

医院 [Yīyuàn ] Hospital

药店 [yàodiàn] Pharmacy

超市 [chāoshì] Supermarket

商场 [shāngchǎng ] Shopping mall

书店 [shūdiàn] Bookstore

警察局 [jǐngchá jú] Police station


医生 [yīshēng] Doctor

中药 [zhōngyào] Chinese medicine

西药 [ xīyào] Western medicine

我生病了 [wǒ shēngbìng le] I am sick. 

疼 / 痛 [téng/tòng] Painful

不舒服 [bù shūfu] Sick/Uncomfortable

发烧 [fāshāo] Fever

咳嗽 [késòu] Cough

拉肚子 [lā dùzi] Diarrhoea

呕吐 [ŏu tù] Vomiting

烧伤 [shāoshāng] Burn

Common signs

入口 [rùkǒu] Entrance

出口 [chūkǒu] Exit

推 [tuī] Push

拉 [lā] Pull

厕所 / 洗手间 [cèsuǒ] / [xǐshǒujiān] Toilet

男 Men [nán]

女 Women [nǚ]

禁止吸烟 [jìnzhǐxīyān] No smoking!

饮用水 [yǐnyòngshuǐ] Drinking water

To be or not to be?

Chinese does not have words for “yes” and “no” as such; instead, questions are typically answered by repeating the verb. Here are common examples:

To be or not to be: 是[shì], 不是[bú shì] Да, нет

To have or not have/there is or is not: 有[yǒu],没有[méi yǒu] Есть, нет

To be right or wrong: 对[duì],不对[bú duì] Правильно, неправильно

If all this seems like too much to handle, you can say “yes” with a short falling-tone grunt (嗯 ǹg), and you’ll usually be understood if you say 不bù for “no”.


1 一 [yī]              6 六 [liù]

2 二 [èr]              7 七 [qī]

3 三 [sān]             8 八 [bā]

4 四 [sì]              9 九 [jiǔ]

5 五 [wǔ]             10 十 [shí]