With Chinese New Year right around the corner and the Spring Festival break already underway, China’s travelers are surging into Sanya, the country’s answer to both Miami and South Padre, a shimmering mirage on the South China Sea.
According to reports from the China Daily, 20 to 30 percent more tourists are expected to arrive in the beachside town this year than last. This not only makes the island the most popular destination in China, but also a darn crowded place. The local Hainan government is doing its best to keep room rates down as the population inflates from between three and four hundred thousand to roughly a million.
The Daily is already reporting traffic jams and overbooked taxis. Things are bound to get even more hectic.
A new report from China’s Tourism Academy states that Sanya, which sits on a massive bay in Hainan province, is now the third most popular destination for foreigners, meaning domestic crowds may find themselves increasingly rubbing elbows with wealthy Vietnamese and Thai businesspeople, who also have a chunk of time off in early February.
Still, the entire conflagration seems a bit more under control than American spring break, but rubbish is quickly becoming a problem. Seems drunk Chinese people are no better at recycling that hammered college students.