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Sanya Vegetarian Restaurant Guide




Let's be honest. It can be hard being a vegetarian in China. Lots of restaurants don't really seem to grasp the concept of “no means no” when it comes to meat! One problem is communication. Although “meat” translates to 肉 “ròu”, this can also be taken to just mean “pork.” So you are trying to communicate that you don't want meat, and they are thinking you just don't like pork! So they throw in some extra chicken for you! Nooooooo!


Whether you are eating vegetarian for your health, for religious reasons, environmental concerns, because animals are friend, not food, or any other reason, sometimes it's best to just avoid the problem altogether by going somewhere you know you don't have to worry. In Sanya, there are several great vegetarian restaurants where the food is not only 100% meat free, but also tastes fantastic.


The first place that has to be mentioned in Sanya for vegetarian food is Nanshan Temple Park. The several restaurants in this Buddhist theme park are of course completely vegetarian.

  • Nanshan Yingbin Seaview Vegetarian Restaurant 南山迎宾馆海景素斋餐厅









Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Reservations: 0898-88838188
Address: Located inside Nanshan Temple Park, Sanya


  • Nanshan Yuanqi Vegetarian Restaurant 南山缘起楼素斋






Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Reservations: 0898-88837920
Address: Located inside Nanshan Temple Park, Sanya


In the city of Sanya, there are several more great vegetarian places you should definitely check out.


  • Pure Lotus 净莲素食餐厅









Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.; 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Reservations: 0898-88258055
Address: 2/F, 53, Xinjian Street, Shengli Road, Sanya (opposite of Huang Jin Dao Mansion)


  • Wu Tai Yun 五台云养生素食馆








Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Reservations: 186 3620 1437
Address: 2/F, middle gate (left side) of Blue Coast Residential Community, Lan Hai Phase 3, Sanya Bay Road, Sanya


by Nicki Johnson

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Photos via Sanya Tour

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