HAIKOU, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) — Imagine a place where you can ride a motorboat in the blue sea, sip coffee while reading in a seaside bookstore, enjoy a candlelight dinner or simply unwind with some self-brewed tea on the beach under the starry night sky.
Such is the beauty of Tianya Haijiao, or “Edges of the heaven, corners of the sea,” a famous tourist attraction in Sanya, a coastal resort city in south China’s Hainan Province. In the past, the site mainly relied on its sea views to attract visitors, but nowadays, it offers a variety of tourism programs, as Sanya increasingly looks to refine its tourism sector.
“In Sanya, I get to visit the Buddhist site to pray in the morning, take a boat ride at noon and tour the sea park at night,” said a tourist surnamed Li who come from Beijing. “It’s amazing.”
In the past three years, Sanya authorities set up government funds subsidizing tourism companies to help stabilize the market, and have postponed, deducted or exempted their rents. This move “effectively encouraged the companies,” said Chen Zhenmin, head of the local tourism, culture, radio, television and sports bureau.
The city also designed plans to upgrade facilities and programs at tourist sites during the epidemic, Chen added.
As China optimized its COVID-19 response, tourists are flocking to Sanya for their holidays. During the Spring Festival holiday, for example, Sanya recorded more than 1.6 million tourist trips, 616,400 more than the number for the same period of 2019. Total tourism revenue stood at 4.87 billion yuan (710 million U.S. dollars), up 25.98 percent year on year, according to figures released by the city government.
Even after the holidays, tourist sites, hotels and duty-free shops are still packed with people.