CHANNEL YOUR INNER TARZAN OR JANE

SANYA

  • Explore a vast rainforest reserve
  • Hike through ancient strands of trees
  • Get an adrenaline fix in the forest




The Hainan Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Zone is a popular draw with tourists from the mainland and for good reason. Arrive by 8 a.m. when the park opens to skirt the sightseeing tour groups. Once inside the park spanning over 11,000 acres, hop the bus (an optional ¥40) to the trailhead for magnificent views of Chitian Reservoir. Follow the wooden paths for a moderate 40-minute hike up through the lush forest. Thick trees give way at the top to a lakeside park with colorful lotuses and a buffet-style restaurant. Skip the restaurant, and have the hotel pack you off with a picnic lunch so you can avoid the lines there. Craving more adventure? Get your thrills coasting through thickets of 1,000-year-old trees on a zip line, abseiling on a rock face, venturing out on plank roads that hug the cliffs, or bounding over suspension bridges across rivers and waterfalls. Be sure to book a return taxi in advance as you won’t be able to easily hail a cab out in the wilds.












Ask the hotel to set you up with a taxi or private charter for the hour drive north and the return trip; entrance fee is ¥170 per person.

​​YANODA: Hainan Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Zone, 86-898-8388-3333; www.yanoda.com





CHANNEL YOUR INNER TARZAN OR JANE

CHANNEL YOUR INNER TARZAN OR JANE

SANYA

  • Explore a vast rainforest reserve
  • Hike through ancient strands of trees
  • Get an adrenaline fix in the forest




The Hainan Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Zone is a popular draw with tourists from the mainland and for good reason. Arrive by 8 a.m. when the park opens to skirt the sightseeing tour groups. Once inside the park spanning over 11,000 acres, hop the bus (an optional ¥40) to the trailhead for magnificent views of Chitian Reservoir. Follow the wooden paths for a moderate 40-minute hike up through the lush forest. Thick trees give way at the top to a lakeside park with colorful lotuses and a buffet-style restaurant. Skip the restaurant, and have the hotel pack you off with a picnic lunch so you can avoid the lines there. Craving more adventure? Get your thrills coasting through thickets of 1,000-year-old trees on a zip line, abseiling on a rock face, venturing out on plank roads that hug the cliffs, or bounding over suspension bridges across rivers and waterfalls. Be sure to book a return taxi in advance as you won’t be able to easily hail a cab out in the wilds.












Ask the hotel to set you up with a taxi or private charter for the hour drive north and the return trip; entrance fee is ¥170 per person.

​​YANODA: Hainan Yanoda Rainforest Cultural Zone, 86-898-8388-3333; www.yanoda.com