Sailing Sanya

Trip Start Nov 27, 2010
Trip End Feb 12, 2011

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Lost Internation Youth Hostel

Flag of China  , Hainan,
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Well to be nice I named this Sailing Sanya which was the most interesting thing that happened to me in Sanya. I could also easily have named this entry "Beaches, boredom and the Russian connection".

Had one of those strange travelling moments when I ran into my friend Pengsha from the bodyguard photo shoot at the airport while waiting for my flight to Sanya. Was a really strange coincidence but very cool as I hadn't seen her for a couple of weeks so we organized to meet in Sanya.

Well I try not to be too judgemental while travelling but really Sanya is just boring. It's full of REALLY noisey cars and bikes which gave me a splitting head ache, some average to nice beaches (if you get out of Sanya), seafood and wierdly enough Russians...

If you head out of Sanya towards Dadonghai Bay on Yuya Road at the top of the hill you'll hit the Russian zone. In here it's full of Russians eating seafood and all of the shops have Russian rather than Chinese on there signs, which is really kinda wierd considering your still in mainland China. The seafood has a rep for been overpriced but compared to Australia it was really cheap and was really nice and totally devoid of the spicey styles I encountered in Hunan. There is also a local betel nut that you see the locals spit out in huge red gobs, but I didn't get around to trying it as I had my supply of Hunan betel nuts and was happily chewing on those.

The fish markets in town were amazing with some of the wierdest seafood stuff for sale and I must admit that there is nothing more frustrating than seeing something that's edible and you have  A: No idea what the hell it is and B: How the hell do I eat it? LOL. Oh, well was cool just to look at it all anyway.

Hostel 1 was a nightmare with loudly snoring guy and mother with 2 year old son keeping me awake pretty much 24/7. Second day in and I just bought a bottle of Smirnoff vodka (88 rmb) and drank it with a german mathemetician till 4 am and slept like a baby. Next day backtracked to Hostel 2 ( Lost International YHA) which was back towards the airport. Fair way out of town but the bus was only 2 rmb. Took me about 1.5 Hours to get a taxi, with a raging hangover and 15 Kilo backpack (carrying all my winter gear again) was offered a ride on the back of a motorbike (taxi style) but no fucking way was I gonna hop on it in this crazy traffic, so was very happy when finally a taxi showed up. Clean double bed, hot shower and 2 days sleep, ahhhh (120 rmb per night).

Finally we had a perfect day and I met Pengsha and we went sailing with a couple of really funny local guys and a really nice couple and their young son from Changsha. So WOW, this is the life sailing a 42ft yacht around the bay of Sanya. Apparently sailing really isn't popular in China yet but our captain was a very experienced sailor who had just come back from a race in Malaysia. Also coincidently both of the local guys had daughters who had studied in Sydney and they discussed the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race as one of the toughest in the world. After we went up to the Russian zone ate a GIANT meal of fresh seafood and got absolutely trashed on Tsingtao till the wee hours of the morning. Thanks guys you really made my trip to Sanya and it was great to make some new Chinese friends.

Domestic Flights in China

This is the website I used and had absolutely no problem with it.  Was very cheap with flights been 500, 700 and 1500 (rmb) for 3 flights, sanya, kunming and bangkok. Definately use these guys if your looking for flights within China! Just showed up at the airport with my passport and they gave me the boarding pass on the spot with no problems at all.

Just one little thing, you aren't allowed to carry lighters in the cabin so you need to dump it (or put it in your check-in luggage). So if you ever get stuck in China with no cash just do what I saw a couple of people doing pick up the lighters from the Departures and then sell em cheap to people coming in to Arrivals, viola instant cash!!!

Unfortunately I won't be uploading any more pictures due to the fact my camera was stolen by some piece of shit backpacker in Thailand.
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