Phoenix Island

Phoenix Island (simplified Chinese: 凤凰岛; traditional Chinese: 鳳凰島; pinyin: Fènghuáng Dǎo), dubbed the Oriental Dubai,[1][2] is an artificial archipelago consisting of two landmasses forming an island resort in Sanya, Hainan Province, China.[3][4][5]

Phoenix Island
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Artificial archipelago
Phoenix Island during construction in 2012 viewed from the east
Phoenix Island during construction in 2012 viewed from the east
Oriental Dubai
CountryPeople's Republic of China
Prefecture-level citySanya
 • Total3.94 km2 (1.52 sq mi)
0 m (0 ft)
Time zoneUTC+8 (China Standard)
Postal code
Area code(s)(0)898


The eastern island is developed. The western island is still under construction

These islands are located in the southeast part of Sanya Bay. The eastern island, nearest the shore is complete. The western island is currently under construction. The eastern is 1,250 metres (4,100 ft) long by 350 metres (1,150 ft) wide and covers a total area of 393,825 square metres (4,239,100 sq ft).[6] It is connected the shore by a 395-metre bridge. The western island is similar in size and shape, and is connected to the eastern island by a short, narrow strip of land. The original concept design and master plan for the island was developed by Leisure Quest International, LLC (USA).


The project's program was developed by Leisure Quest International (USA) as was the development's Conceptual Design and Master Plan. The development was sold in 2006 to a Shanghai Developer. The design development of the project was undertaken by Beijing architectural firm MAD Studio, who won the contract in 2007,[3] total investment in the project exceeds 3 billion RMB (approximately $464 million).[4] It is due for completion in 2014.[6]

Prices of luxury residential units on Phoenix Island range from 50,000 RMB to 100,000 RMB per square metre, (approximately $7,700 to $15,400 USD), comparable to high-end properties in Beijing and Shanghai.[4] There has been recent reporting that property values are decreasing as businessmen and officials seek to sell off properties.[7]

Google Earth imagery dated 21 February 2020 shows that the Western Island is being used by the China Coast Guard as a mooring for some of its larger ocean-going patrol vessels.[8]


The eastern island is divided into eight main sections, and includes:[4]

  • 200-meter-high[5] signature seven-star hotel
  • Five-star hotel
  • Five 28-storey buildings
  • Six luxury apartment buildings
  • Conference centre
  • Ferry terminal[3]
  • Harbour for cruise ships
  • Marina with 150 - 300 yachts berths
  • Yacht clubhouse
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping complex
  • Shopping street
  • Sports and recreational area
  • Theme park

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Reclaiming land from the sea evokes concerns". Archived from the original on 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  2. ^ "Phoenix Island: the Oriental Dubai". Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  3. ^ a b c "Phoenix Island // Sanya // China // MAD". archiCentral. Archived from the original on 2015-04-11. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  4. ^ a b c d "Sanya Phoenix Island Opening Soon!, News". Archived from the original on 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  5. ^ a b "Sanya Phoenix Island Luxury Resort Condos and Apartments". Property Hainan. 2010-08-27. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  6. ^ a b "MAD architects: phoenix island". Retrieved 2011-07-07.
  7. ^ Hancock, Tom (Feb 27, 2013). "China's Dubai rapidly turning into deserted island". Taipei Times. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  8. ^ Google Earth Imagery

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Coordinates: 18°14′33″N 109°29′25″E / 18.242401°N 109.490354°E / 18.242401; 109.490354