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“Yanoda Rain Forest” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yanuo Tropical Rain Forest Resort

Yanuo Tropical Rain Forest Resort
Sandao Town, Sanya 572081, China
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Ranked #17 of 63 Attractions in Sanya
Type: Reservations, Forests, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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“Yanoda Rain Forest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Feeling on the top of the hill with lush green is nice....but lasts for half hour only....nothing much to see or do there except climbing up / down the wooden stairs in a small pathway.

But there is a very gud highlight --- Provision of Rope gliding from one hill to other !!

Visited June 2013
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“Rainforest "Theme Park"”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

With a complete lack of things to do in Sanya, any activity that helps break the boredom gets inflated by one star. Normally I'd rate this 3 stars but going to the park helped use one day of vacation so it becomes four stars. If you love Banyan trees this is the park you've been waiting for. Hint: Bring water!

Yanoda is a rainforest park. The visit can be as short as 3 hours or as long as six hours depending on how many trails you decide to hike. Hiking is enjoyable and easy. Wooden walkways ensure that the ground is always dry. Bridges, stones, hills, rivers and ponds keep the walk interesting. Avoiding the Chinese tour groups is important to enjoying the park. Tour guides carry megaphone speakers and shatter the silence with meaningless trivia so try to keep your distance. The trails are mapped and easily navigated. I booked a half day car with driver for 300RMB to take me here. The ride is 30 minutes from Haitang Bay. I did not see a line of empty taxis at the park waiting to take passengers home so i believe you'll need to keep your driver in the parking lot or arrange to be picked up at the end of the day.

After paying the entrance fee you will be constantly offered choices for additional paid services. The first is personal tour guides. Do not hire an English speaking guide. Their English language ability is so poor that you'll spend the afternoon in frustration trying to understand what the guide is saying. There are free earphone tours once you are farther inside the park - after passing through "gift shop row" - a long line of trinket shops staffed by employees who dance to the Yanoda recorded theme song once every hour. Other paid services include a zipline (50RMB), photos, chance to dress in traditional Chinese costumes, tea garden, and VIP golf cart services best suited for older people who might have difficulty walking uphill.

The earphone tours have three broad subjects: a simplistic propaganda-like explanation of rainforests and preserving rainforests, advertising the paid services in the park, and telling long winded Chinese legends about love, education, and doing good deeds. Bridges, trees, and streams in the park have deeper meanings hidden in long lost legends. Crossing them will bring you long life, happiness, and deep unending romantic love. The explanations are interspersed with Chinese classical flute and Richard Claderman style piano music. If you decide to keep the earphones in your pocket instead of listening to the trivia you won't be missing anything.

If this is your first experience with Chinese theme parks it will probably be the best since it assaults you the least. Although there are employees throughout the park waving the two fingered Yanoda peace sign and shouting "YA - NO - DA" as you walk by, you're basically free to hike the trails at your own pace.

Spoiler Alert: Yanoda is the Hainanese equivalent of Aloha in Hawaii.

Visited May 2013
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“amazing day out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

This was one of the highlights of our trip. We took the bus up and walked down. The scenery, views, trees and plants were spectacular. The zip line across was lots of fun and a bit exciting.
Highly recommend a visit

Visited January 2013
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“Well worth a visit, come with an open mind”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

We visited this place with elderly parents and 8 and 10 year old kids, we went on the recommendation of friends and it was worth the trip. Perhaps not worth it for the reasons it is known for but worth it for a walk in the rainforest and the experience of the best rainforest attraction in Hainan.

We did not have time to fully explore as we had not researched, so we left a lot undone. Go early and allow plently of time, consider taking your own lunch if you can.

The kids loved the zipline but be warned, if your children are as young as ours you will have to fight to be allowed to go on it as it is a long zip and lighter people may not get all the way to the other end without getting stuck midway. In the end they simply added weights to my children's harness so not quite sure what the argument was about.

Parrots etc fun for children.

Another idea if you just want to walk in the forest would be to go to the furthest point to escape the crowds and walk back to the entrance area. This is what we will do on a future trip.

Anyway, come with an open mind and managed expectations and you can have a fun time here. Probably not worth the money, but this is Hainan and their ain't much choice if you want to escape the beach for a day unless you want to go all the way to Five Finger Mountain.

Visited December 2012
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“Prepare for a long hike”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

There are three shuttle bus stops with nothing much to see. The rope bridge was fun especially when it is full of people swinging it and people screaming in the middle of the bridge.

Visited October 2012
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