Chinese Name: 三亚第一市场 Pronunciation: Sānyà Dìyī Shìchǎng
Service Time: 6:30-20:30
Building Time: About 1970s
Recommended Time for Visit: 2 Hours
Occupied Area: More than 4,000 square meters
Address: No. 155, Xinjian Street, Tianya District, Sanya City, Hainan Province, China
Function: A trade market for vegetables, fruits, seafood, handicrafts, and daily necessities
Brief Introduction of Sanya First Market
Sanya First Market is a famous seafood trading market. However, the market mentioned nowadays not only refers to this seafood bazaar but more broadly includes its surrounding commercial streets. The streets of the market develop a tic-tac-toe structure with Xinjian Street and Heping Street stretching in the east-west direction, and Hongqi Street and Xinmin Street in the north-south direction.
Specialty products, handicrafts, and dried seafood are provided on Xinjian Street. Hongqi Street totals more than 300 meters long. Its northern section is mainly engaged in the wholesale of Hainan local products and daily necessities, while clothing specialty stores and brand shops gather in the southern section.
Most of the seafood processing shops in the market are concentrated on Xinmin Street, with more than 70 seafood processing shops lined up on both sides and in a unified decoration style. In addition to seafood, many Hainan snacks can be tasted here.
History of Sanya First Market
The market is a state-owned market, which is under the supervision of the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of Sanya City.
In the 1970s, the market spontaneously emerged as an extensive market with agricultural products, handicrafts, and other commodities.
The market took shape in the middle and late 1970s. As the only farmers’ market in Sanya at that time, it was called Sanya Farmers’ Market. Many types of products including aquatic products, frozen foods, and non-staple foods could be found in Sanya Farmers’ Market.
In 1989, with the emergence of more markets, it was named Sanya First Farmers’ Market.
In the 1990s, the market became an extremely important trading place for agricultural and sideline products.
At the end of 2007, given Sanya’s program of building a national civilized city, the market underwent overall upgrades and a comprehensive renovation of its infrastructure.
Recommended Local Flavor to Try
Coconut chicken is a traditional Hainan dish cooked with natural coconut juice and Wenchang chicken, which is named after Wenchang County in Hainan Province. It has the fragrant coconut flavor and succulent chicken, and it is also a healthy specialty in that the coconut contains a lot of protein, fructose, glucose, sucrose, and different kinds of vitamins.
Hele Crab, or Mud crab, is the most typical representative of seafood in Hainan. It is one of the four famous dishes in Hainan, together with Wenchang Chicken, Dongshan Goat, and Jiaji Duck. There are various cooking methods of mud crab, such as steaming, boiling, frying, and roasting. Dipped with the seasoning of ginger and vinegar, the steamed crab tastes fresh and tender.
Ching Bo Leung
Ching Bo Leung is one of the famous snacks in Hainan Province. It features coconut jelly, coconut juice or milk with varied ingredients, such as ice, kidney beans, mung beans, diced pineapple, diced watermelon, Chinese date, tapioca jelly, and taro balls. It tastes light and sweet which is the best drink when eating spicy seafood. It can also cool you down on hot days when traveling in Hainan.
Good to Know
Prices differ according to different tastes of processing seafood. Please read the price list clearly before placing an order.
Merchants put the seafood in water to ensure its freshness, so there will be some water in the plastic bag when you buy seafood. Please remember to tear a small hole in the plastic bag to let water out before weighing.
You can find the seafood reference price lists from the local government on notice boards, which can be used as a reference when buying seafood. There is also a public scale in the market where you can weigh the products out.
Transportation to Sanya First Market
Take bus 11, 15, 42, and get off at First Market Station.
Take bus 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, 16, 18, 22, 26, 40, 52, 54, or 58 and get off at First Market Crossing Station.
Chinese: 请带我去三亚第一市场。English: Please take me to Sanya First Market.
If you go to Sanya First Market from Sanya Railway Station, it takes about 30 minutes (about 30 yuan).
If you go to Sanya First Market from Sanya Phoenix International Airport, it takes about 50 minutes (about 50 yuan).
If you go to Sanya First Market from Sanya City Center (Crowne Plaza Hotel), it takes about 5 minutes (about 10 yuan).