China opens South China Sea cruise route

created: 2014-09-03

A cruise route opened in the afternoon on Sept. 2, 2014, linking Sanya in the southernmost Hainan Province with the Xisha Islands in the South China Sea, which are a cluster of islets, sandbanks and reefs, famous for their unusual scenery and ecosystem. The cruise lasts four days and three nights and costs from 4,000 yuan (650 US dollars) to more than 10,000 yuan depending on accommodation.

About 200 tourists are aboard the maiden voyage on the Coconut Princess, which will take 12 hours to arrive in the Xisha Islands. Tourists will sleep on board and visit the islands of Yinyu, Quanfu and Yagong where they can play beach volleyball, dive, fish and take wedding photos.

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