2020 Asian Beach Games | Why is Sanya's beach so beautiful?

2020-04-29 14:42:14  

As it is known to all that the Sixth Asian Beach Games (hereinafter referred to as the "Asian Games") will be held in Sanya, Hainan from November 28 to December 6 this year.

"The beach in Sanya is very beautiful, especially suitable for the development of beach sports, so we have unswervingly chosen Sanya as the host city of the Sixth Asian Beach Game," said Raja Randhir Singh, Life vice President of Olympic Council of Asia and Chair Asian Games Coordination Committee.

To reveal the "gene code" of Sanya's Beach, the reporter interviewed Liu Gongran, a senior engineer of Sanya Municipal Institute of Hydrogeological Engineering and Geological Survey, and Wang Jiansheng, chairman of the Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Research Association.

  Aerial view of the beach at Sanya Bay. (Photo by Wei Wu/Hainan Daily)

"The beauty of Sanya's beach comes from sand, to be precise, the sand grains," Liu Gongran said that the composition of the sand grains of the beach is mainly quartz and feldspar. It is these two seemingly ordinary minerals that together constitute the "soft", "white" and "fine" beach in Sanya.

Why is Sanya's beach so white? Liu Gongran introduced that silica is the main component of quartz, and its content determines the transparency of quartz. "The content of silicon dioxide in the sand of Sanya's beach can reach more than 80%, which shows how high the transparency of the sand," Liu Gongran said.

  Tourists relax themselves at the beach in Sanya.(Photo by Sha Xiaofeng/

Why is Sanya's beach so soft? " Under various natural phenomena such as tides and ocean currents, the waves wash the sands day and night, so that the sand particles are continuously eroded and polished, becoming smaller and smoother," Liu Gongran said.

Wang Jiansheng, chairman of the Hainan Provincial Tourism Development Research Association, has done research on the international urban beaches which are similar to Sanya's beach. In his opinion, Sanya beaches are not only “unparalleled” in China, but also competitive internationally.

"From the point of view of sand quality, there are not many white and delicate beaches like that in Sanya. For example, the beaches of Okinawa in Japan, Jeju Island in Korea, and Hawaii in the United States, are not as good as Sanya's beach in terms of sand purity and softness," said Wang.