Sanya is a holiday place for Chinese and also quite a few Russians. Very hard to find anyone speaking English and their ATMs don't accept mastercard. We had huge difficulties because we arrived assuming we could get local currency from an ATM at the airport....wrong. Eventually got a taxi to our hotel assuming we could exchange currency at the hotel....wrong. Paid taxi in HKD and managed to borrow some CNY from the hotel so we could take a taxi in to the city centre to find a bank. Found many banks, none of which would accept our cards. Finally came across ICBC and hit the jackpot! There is nothing to see in Sanya so it is a waste of time unless you just want to lie on the beach all day. The whole place seems fake...no atmosphere at all except maybe in the city itself. The resort areas are bland and none of the hotels get much of a rating for service or food.
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