Saturday, April 20, 2013

Yings in Tropical China (Sanya)

Life has been busy with Mama Ying working as a full-time substitute at the kid's school and Papa Ying's been traveling and working hard.  So our vacation to Southern China to relax was a great choice.  We booked it to Sanya, China during the Tomb Sweeping holiday week.  Sanya has weather like Florida and is being transitioned to a resort town.  This blog is about our stay.

We thought our flight was at 6:05 pm on Friday evening to get us into Sanya at about 8:45 pm.  So we got to the airport at 4:30 in plenty of time.  Turns out that our flight was scheduled to leave at 4:45 and that we had read our itinerary incorrectly.  Anyway, we got to the airport, checked-in and were prepared to run to the gate.  But we were told to go to another baggage counter.  There we were then told that our airplane was not here and our flight would be delayed until midnight, argh!

At the gate this is the notification of the flight
time change.  No attendant just a poster...
We ended up leaving Shanghai at 10:30 ish and arrived in Sanya about 1:30 am.  We walked out to get a taxi and found one outside the long taxi-stand line.  260 RMB ($40) for about a 45 minute taxi ride to the hotel, normally it would have been about 175 ($28).  Worth skipping the 30 minute taxi we thought.

3 am on a deserted highway in China.  Seems like a news story
waiting to happen...
But our taxi overheated and broke down about half way to the resort.  After we stood on the side of the busy highway in the middle of the night for 45 minutes another taxi showed up.  When we finally got there I only paid him 200 RMB ($32) and he was pissed.

At the Renaissance hotel and after much confusion about the reservation they graciously upgraded us to a villa.  The happy part of a long day traveling was that it was an unbelievable room (pictures later).  
Beautiful lobby, hotel grounds and ocean.

Massive snails in Sanya.  The hotel was trying to poison them
but not if Mama Ying could help them.

Taken from the beach area. No hotels nearby so the beach extended for many miles in either direction.

All you can eat breakfast are a big highlight.  Chocolate covered pancakes and waffles are the kid's favorite.

The Red Star Restaurant was great for breakfast and dinner

Our own personal pool that filled half of our backyard!

Two fountains and a waterfall.  There was three patios and exits from three
rooms of the villa.  
This was the common area of our Villa.  There was 2 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms,
kitchen and plenty of luxury.

This was the hotel pool with lights on the bottom of it.  The pool went on
forever.  It was the largest pool in China.

The GM said the hotel spent 100,000,000 RMB on the landscaping.

Looking back from the beach.  Funny signs.

Yangmei doing schoolwork with a pina colada in the pool bar.  

Outdoor shower that was like standing under a
waterfall.  I took at least one shower a day in this one!

Rub-a-dub-dub three kids in a tub!
A great a memorable vacation.  The next blog will be about our fishing trip in Sanya.

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