Taxis are a convenient way of getting around the city, although few drivers will speak English. Travellers are advised to have their destination written or printed out in Chinese - hotel staff are often helpful in this regard. Several kinds of motorcycle taxis are also available for more adventurous commuters. Local buses are useful for travel to attractions such as the Nansham Tourism Zone and the End of the Earth. Long-distance buses regularly travel between Sanya and the other cities on Hainan Island. Travel to the mainland can be done by trains that travel to Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing on a daily basis.
Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Plug types vary but the two-pin flat blade and oblique three-pin flat blade plugs are common. Adapters are generally required.
China currency is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY), which is divided into 10 chiao/jiao or 100 fen. Make sure you exchange your leftover Yuan before returning home because this currency can only be exchanged within China's borders. Foreign cash can be exchanged in cities at the Bank of China. Banks are closed weekends. The larger hotels and the special 'Friendship Stores' designed for foreigners will accept most Western currencies for purchases. Major credit cards are accepted in the main cities, but acceptance may be limited in more rural areas. ATMs are scarce outside the main cities.
The international dialling code for China is +86. Phone cards are widely available and calls can be made from post offices and hotels; phone booths on the streets are usually for local calls only. In hotels, local calls are generally free or will be charged only a nominal fee. Mobile phone networks are very advanced and Chinese networks have roaming agreements with most non-North American international operators. Internet cafes are available in most main towns.
Emergencies: 110 (Police); 120 (Ambulance - Beijing)
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Situated in the south of Hainan Island in Southern China, Sanya has a tropical savannah climate with dry winters and long, hot summers with frequent rain and thunderstorms. The warm season starts at the end of April and ends in late September. High temperatures consistently exceed 86°F (30°C) but tend to stay below 93°F (34°C). The city is most humid around this time, with humidity peaking at 93 percent at the end of summer and beginning of autumn. The probability of rain increases as the warm season progresses. The city is at its wettest in late August and early September with most days around this time experiencing light to moderate showers or thunderstorms. The shorter cold season lasts between mid-December and mid-February. Winter temperatures generally stay below 79°F (26°C) and above 63°F (17°C). Sanya does not receive any snow, and only occasionally receives drizzles or light rains.
Airport buses are available from 10am to 8pm with a bus departing every hour. From 8pm to 2am there is a bus every half an hour. Buses cost CNY15 per person for a single trip.
Car rental companies represented at the airport include China Auto Rental, eHi Car Rental, Anji Car Rental, Hainan Leyou International Travel Agency, HNA Safe Car Rental and Shentong Car Rental.
Taxis to downtown are available from the designated taxi pickup area located outside the domestic terminal on the first floor. A single trip to town costs around CNY40 to CNY60.
Airport facilities include restaurants, shopping, wheelchair facilities, banks, ATMs, currency exchange, a smoking room, baby care room and first aid. The airport also has a VIP lounge and business lounge.
The domestic parking lot provides parking for 527 cars, the international terminal parking lot has 155 parking spaces and the VIP terminal parking lot provides parking for 131 vehicles.
Free wifi access is available at Sanya Phoenix International Airport throughout the Domestic Terminal, International Terminal and VIP Terminal.