Sanya Tourist Sites
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We woke up to a knock on the door. When we went into the living room we were surprised to see two more people. Junes cousin and her husband from Hunan had arrived late the night before and were also staying in the apartment. Xia Xia and her dad, and Hong Bo and her husband Zhang and Monica and Wilson crammed into Zhang’s Audi and we went for breakfast on the street, good noodles with soup for Monica and soup and dumplings for Wilson; perfect for a sore throat and very filling. After breakfast we squeezed back into the car and the uncle drove us to the Nanshan Buddhism Cultural tourist area. It was on the beach, south west of the most southern city of china and a very popular destination for the local populous.
On the way we saw a lot of locals and venders on the side of the road selling incense; the sticks varied in size from about a foot long to six feet long and thicker than a baseball bat. They were all adorned in very colorful wrappings. We visited the park (after paying about 150 RMB each). It’s really hard to say just exactly what the main attraction was, but it was probably the 10 story tall (15 meters taller than the statue of liberty) Buddhist statue on the man made island at the end of the walk way with the cloud of incense billowing up from the bottom. There were other Buddhist related statues where people could buy and burn more incense and further add to the air pollution. There was also a special area for dragon worship where you could admire the wet dragon statue (20 RMB extra for that privilege).
From there we went to the End of the Earth. It’s only about 20Km from Sanya and was full of Chinese tourists in their flowered shirt and shorts combos.
We delighted in drinking cold coconut juice and visiting the venders stalls along the side of the walk ways. Pears and shells were the most abundant things, and the vendors were always quick to scratch away at the pearls to show you that they were authentic. Prices varied from 200 RMB to 14,000 RMB for a pearl necklace. They looked pretty much the same to me.
We returned to the apartment for a short time to relax and then went downtown to a sea food market to eat.
We were surprised later in the evening when they arrived back at the apartment. It looked like Yuan-man was just wearing his underwear! It seems that they went to the beach after dinner and he had a bit of a swim before returning to the house. Maybe we should have skipped the beer at dinner. It was a fun evening and a full day.