Health and wellness

Body, soul: Waves and kung fu in Sanya

Nurture your mind and body in China's beautiful Sanya. By CATHARINE NICOL

Body

Ride the waves

Head east from Sanya to Riyue Bay, Hainan Island’s surfer hideout. You’ll find experts carving the breaks here, but there are also smaller waves where beginners can take classes with ISA-certified instructors. They often get even first-timers standing on the surf (and whooping with glee). In between catching waves, enjoy the serenity of sitting on your board and looking out to the horizon. surfinghainan.com 

Surfing in Sanya

Soul

The Shaolin way

Shaolin kung fu, one of China’s oldest styles of martial arts, was developed for monks to improve the body, mind and spirit. And one place to pick up its moves is the Mandarin Oriental Sanya, where Master Hu takes guests through motions that can be strong and fast or controlled and measured, while explaining the practice’s philosophy. After this challenge of flexibility, coordination and fitness, a Zen tea ceremony adds a comforting touch.

mandarinoriental.com/sanya

Body and Wellness in Sanya Mandarin Oriental

Cathay Dragon flies to Sanya from Hong Kong four times a week.

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