Sanya in Hainan Province: From a small fishery town to international tourist destination

By Mohamed Osman Abdi / Somali National News Agency / Updated: 2019-04-03,15:02

Visun Rotal Yacht Club for tourists in Sanya Island, March 25, 2019(SONNA / Mohamed Osman)

Beijing(SONNA)- To know about the reality of given ideas and stories about significant location or town like Sanya, In Hainan Province in Southern China, requires from you to put your feet into it and see the reality on ground as seeing is believing  and this is what I did a week from March, 2019.

Left from Beijing being the weather too cold and went to Sanya taking a flight that lasted about 4hrs together with 50 journalists mostly from Africa and as well as Asia Pacific those were in Beijing for long term of media training program. I immediately felt weather like in my country; saw the blue sky, coconut trees and beaches like those in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.

Received warm welcome from both Chinese officials in Sanya in Haianan province, and locals and we were given all about Sanya town that enjoys a unique geographical location, tropical climate conditions and great cultural heritage.

Then we were led to pay visit to key tourist destinations in and outside the town such as: Phoenix International Cruise Terminal, Royal Yacht Club,Sanya Paddy Field National Park, Sanya International Duty Free Shopping Center, Zhongliao village, Xinglong Coffee Valley, Binglanggu Hainan Li and Miao Cultural Heritage Park, Hainan Tropical Ocean University and many other areas including five-star hotels which also took our attention.

Zhao Yiwen, General Economist of Sanya Development Reform Commission said that Hainan was approved as province in 1988 by the central Government, telling Hainan is the youngest tropical island province, but largest special economic zone and only provincial-level international tourist island.

“It covers a land area of 35,400 km2 and has a total population of 9.26 million composed of Li, Miao and Hui ethnically, the average temperature ranging from 23 to 26 degrees. Haianan tourism has made great development and became the mainstay of the national economic industry”, He said.

He stated that 59 countries can visit the town without visas and it is free from population, adding it plans to a phased approach to achieve its 2030 goal of powering all cars in the province with clean energy.

But Sanya, the famous tropical seaside tourist city covers a land of 1918.37 square kilometers and sea area of 3,500 square kilometers. It is home for 19 harbors and 10 major islets. The city is composed of two districts and six towns with a total population of 581,400 according to the officials.

Kevin, a tourist guide told me that people in Sanya had longevity, live over 100 ages and he says people don’t eat pork, but vegetables, seafood, telling the city is known to be ‘Love of island’ and other beautiful names.

“Hainan belongs to China, Sanya belongs to the world and enjoy every minute here in Sanya”, Kevin told us in a bus heading to Sanya Government where we had an introduction and promotion meeting there.

He told me in an interview that more than 10’000 Muslim population dwelling into two villages in Sanya, but there are no other foreigners living there except tourists and less than 100 foreign students, 43 of them from African countries at Hainan Tropical Ocean University where my delegation from China-Africa Press Center concluded their tour.

“The University was founded in 1944, some universities and institutions in the world are partners with us, we still want to have partnership agreement with universities in your countries, we give priority to Africa because China and Africa share friendly relations”, said Niu Jian, Dean of the School of International Education at the meeting with university board.

He said that 91 foreign students including 43 from African countries study there; reminding us that the scholar ship opportunities are open now and applications can be submitted to them.

Li and Miao cultural heritage performance

I attended to watch very interesting cultural heritage performance of Li and Miao people showing love and praying for good harvest on the same day we were in the university and I was told the theater stage there was also one of film production zones in the country.

Li and Miao cultural heritage performance, March 28, 2019(SONNA, Mohamed Osman)

Historically, Sanya was a small fishery town, but now turned into international tourist destination. I was told that 22.48 million tourists visited Sanya only in 2018.

Li and Miao cultural heritage performance

The Chinese Government played a very important role to push the economic development of Sanya in Hainan province as whole in China.

To my surprise, some of my team was taking the largest number of pictures including countless of selfie ones in every spot of the attractive tourist locations and some others shared with me that they enjoyed the sunshine, swimming pools, food at the hotels, and beach during their journey in Sanya as whole.

Sanya Introduction and Promotion meeting on March 25,2019 (SONNA/ Mohamed Osman)

People in Sanya from all walks of life are dedicated to respect, guide guests and give better service with hearty touching welcome and I together with African Journalists left there while still glimpsing Sanya back.

The author Mohamed Osman Abdi is the Chief Editor of the English Version of Somali National News Agency. From March 24 to 29, 2019,  he was invited to attend the large scale interview activities  with mainstream media from 49 countries in Asia and Africa in Hainan Free Trade Zone and free trade port, and published this article on the website of Somali National News Agency on April, 2, 2019. 

source: http://sonna.so/en/?p=16435 

中国海南省三亚:从一个小渔村到国际旅游目的地

想要了解中国南方海南省三亚的实际情况,需要你亲自去那里看一看。因为眼见为实,而这也是我在2019年3月的最后一周所做的事情。

离开天气太冷的北京,前往三亚的航班持续了大约4小时,其中50名记者主要来自非洲和亚太地区,他们在北京接受长期的媒体培训。到了三亚,我立刻感受到和我的国家一样的天气;我似乎看到了索马里首都摩加迪沙的蓝天,椰子树和海滩。 

受到海南省和三亚市政府还有当地人的热烈欢迎,我们同时也从他们那里了解了关于三亚的一切,这里有着独特的地理位置,热带气候条件和丰富的文化遗产。

然后我们被带领着游览三亚的主要旅游目的地,如:凤凰岛国际邮轮港,鸿洲游艇俱乐部,三亚水稻国家公园,三亚国际免税购物中心,中廖村,兴隆咖啡谷,槟榔谷黎族苗族文化遗产公园,海南热带海洋大学,还有五星级酒店等其他景点也引起了我们的关注。

三亚市发展改革委员会总经济师赵一文表示,海南于1988年被中央政府批准为省,是中国最年轻的热带岛屿省,也是最大的经济特区和唯一的省级国际旅游岛。

“它占地面积35,400平方公里,总人口926万,由汉族,黎族,苗族和回族组成,平均气温在23至26度之间,”他说,“海南旅游业已经取得了很大发展,成为国民经济产业的支柱。”

他表示,59个国家可以在没有签证的情况下访问三亚,并计划分阶段实现2030年为该省所有汽车提供清洁能源的目标。

三亚是著名的热带海滨旅游城市,占地面积1918.37平方公里,海域面积3500平方公里。它拥有19个港口和10个主要小岛。据官方介绍,该市由两个区和六个镇组成,总人口为581,400人。

导游凯文告诉我,三亚的人很长寿,有的能活到100多岁。他说有的人不吃猪肉,但吃蔬菜和海鲜,这个城市享有“爱情岛”和其他美丽的名字。

“海南属于中国,三亚属于世界,在三亚享受这里的每一分钟,”凯文在前往三亚市政府的公交车上告诉我们,我们在那里参加了三亚市的介绍和推介会。

在采访中他告诉我,有一万多名穆斯林人口居住在三亚的两个村庄,但除了游客和不到100名留学生外,没有其他外国人居住在那里。留学生中有来自非洲国家的43人在海南热带海洋学院学习。

“大学成立于1944年,世界上一些大学和机构是我们的合作伙伴,我们仍希望与贵国的大学达成合作协议,我们优先考虑非洲,因为中国和非洲有着友好关系,”国际教育学院院长在与大学董事会的会议上说。

他说,有91名来自非洲国家的留学生在那里学习,这提醒我们,奖学金的机会现在已经开放,可以向他们提交申请。

我参加观看了非常有趣的黎族和苗族文化遗产表演,演员们在舞台上表达爱意,祈求丰收。同时我也了解到这里吸引了众多影视剧组前来取景拍摄,成为海南文化旅游宣传的“拍摄基地”。

历史上,三亚是一个小渔村,但现在却变成了国际旅游目的地。据报道显示,2018年有2200多万名游客到访三亚。中国政府在推动海南三亚经济发展方面发挥了非常重要的作用。

令我惊讶的是,这次媒体团的一些成员拍摄的照片数量非常多,其中包括在每个景点的自拍照,还有一些人与我分享他们在整个三亚旅程中享受阳光,游泳池,酒店的食物和海滩的照片。

三亚人民致力于尊重,引导客人,真诚用心的给游客们提供更好的服务。我和非洲记者们依依不舍地离开了三亚。(译:胥圣兰)

作者比拉尔·艾哈迈德·萨博利(Mohamed Osman Abdi)是索马里国家新闻通讯社(Somali National News Agency)英文版主编,于3月24日至29日受邀参加亚非49国主流媒体走进海南自贸区自贸港大型采访活动,之后在索马里国家新闻通讯社网站发表该文。

原文链接:source: http://sonna.so/en/?p=16435 

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