Hainan China Tourist Attractions
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Tourist Attractions in Hainan

Asian Dragon Bay
25 km from the city of Sanya, in the southern most tip of Hainan Province, lies one of the world’s most beautiful natural wonders: the crescent shaped Asian Dragon Bay (Yalong Bay). Three times longer than any beach in Hawaii, the bay presents a picture postcard, an amalgam of rolling hills, gulfs, the blue sea and silvery sand beaches. Visible beneath the crystal clear ocean is a colony of coral reefs with colorful tropical fish. The view underwater goes deep.

In the north of Asian Dragon Bay is Butterfly Valley where a complex has been built to exhibit rare species of butterflies from across the world.

The bay is famous for its seafood, resorts, spas and unique pearl and crystal jewelry.

Tianya Haijiao
To the west of Sanya lies Tianya Haijiao, known as the honeymooners’ paradise. Couples arrive here in droves to be married at 'the furthermost tip of the sky and the sea'.

In Chinese, ‘Tianya Haijiao’ means just that: 'the furthermost tip of the sky and the sea'. This suggestion based on the ancient belief that ‘the sky is square while the earth is round’; therefore, the southernmost part of China had to be 'the furthermost tip of the sky and the sea'.

Tianya Haijiao sits on Maling Mountain facing the sea. On the seashore lies a stone carving depicting four characters: Nan, Tian, Yi, and Zhu. The characters signify 'a pillar standing in the southern part of the sky'.

Further on is another stone carving with the characters of Tianya and still another carving with the characters of Haijiao.

In the midst of legend are the trappings of modernity: a Shopping Center, the Li Ethnic Group Village and Celebrity Sculpture.

Each year, Tianya Haijiao celebrates the international wedding festival followed by the Lantern Festival in autumn.

Luhuitou Peninsula
About 5 km south of Sanya is a hill in the shape of a deer looking back: Luhuitou Hill. The hill, 280 m above sea level, the highest point of Luhuitou Peninsula, presents a spectacular view of the city against the rising and setting sun. It is also the setting of an old Li legend.

At the foot of the hill, you encounter sea life: starfish, crabs, sea cucumbers, actiniae and jellyfish. The hillside is ablaze with a red flower called Triangle Plum, the flower of Sanya. Halfway up the hill, a clump of Triangle Plum descends like a waterfall.

Not far, near an old tree, stands a tablet inscribed with Chinese characters in red: 'Hai Shi Shan Meng' (a solemn pledge of love). Their prayers answered, lovers have tied ribbons to the branches of the tree.

In the vicinity lies the eternal symbol of ‘unalterable love’, the Shanmeng Pavilion with a tablet that echoes the sentiment 'Hai Shi Shan Meng'.

At the top of the hill stands a towering statue in granite, the statue of a deer looking over its shoulder, flanked by the young Li hunter and the beautiful fairy girl from the memorable Li legend.

The area around the statue is now a park that goes by the name Luhuitou. The park comprises an Observation Station for Halley's comet, the white Tingchao Pavilion (from where you can listen to the tide), the Lover’s Island and Monkey Hill.

The theme of ‘love’ runs through the heart of the peninsula in the presence of deciduous trees and tropical plants: a fantastic retreat for lovers especially in winter.

Wuzhizhou Island
30 km northeast of Sanya in Haitang Bay is Wuzhizhou Island, known in medieval China as Guqizhou Island. Early records of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) have shown that a temple was built here to commemorate the originator of Chinese characters, Cang Jie. Following the Qing Government's fall from power, the temple was re-built in honor of the Goddess Matsu, who had kept a benevolent watch on local fishermen.

From 1949, Wuzhizhou Island was part of the strategic defense zone and remained so until the 1990s when it was transformed into an island of pleasure.

Like the rest of Hainan, the weather is pleasant all year round. 2,700 species of plants inhabit the island. The terrain is level but for hills in the east and south. Soft white sand stretches as far as the eye can see. Beneath the waters of the crystal clear blue ocean lie coral reefs rich in conches, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and exotic tropical fish.

Besides the temple of the Goddess Matsu, there are many places of interest: Lover's Bridge, Sunrise Rock, the Gold Turtle Stretching toward the Sea, Lover's Island and the Life Well. As the name suggests, Sunrise Rock presents a brilliant view of the sunrise.

Those in pursuit of life’s pleasures are spoilt for choice: swimming pools, sun bathing, sea water bathing, bars, gymnasiums, places of entertainment, extreme sports such as surfing, gliding, sailing, canoeing and scuba diving fill the days of a memorable vacation

The food is as exotic at the Buffet Lunch Restaurant, the Pirate Bar, the Seafood Pool, the Chinese Restaurant in the south of the island; the Summer Western Food Restaurant in the east and the Winter Western Food Restaurant in the west. Fresh lobsters, prawns, crabs, conch, sea cucumbers and jellyfish drawn from the neighborhood waters arrive at your table in addition to fruits, among them bananas, coconuts and mangos.

For those wanting to stay the night, 81 Guest Rooms are available at the ultra-modern Wuzhizhou Island Holiday Center. Other options: the Onshore Wooden Cabin and the Presidents' Villa on the southern seashore, the Deluxe Mountain Room and the Sea-view Wooden Building are all very pleasant.

Three km southeast of Sanya, between Mt. Tuziwei and Mt. Luhuitou, is a crescent-shaped beach frequented by holidaymakers: Dadonghai. Located in the Torrid Zone, Dadonghai presents avast expanse of clear blue sea along with generous doses of sunshine, white sand, sea breeze, exotic tropical trees for shade and water entertainment at its best: diving, scuba diving, ship diving, beach sports, bathing and sunbathing; the experience of speed boats, motorboats, luxury yachts and sail boats; ocean fishing and even underwater photography.

Spring-like weather through the year (the water temperature is about 20 C degrees even in winter) makes Dadonghai even more relaxing. So does the menu at the Seafood Barbecue Square and shopping at the Sanya-Ruihai Shopping Park, Dadonghai Pearl Square, Tropical Rain Forest Square and Seashore Lovers Road.

Holiday Beach
Holiday Beach, the recreational resort west of Haikou City, is a six km stretch of sandalong sparkling waters. The temperature hovers around 75 F through the year. Bathed in sunshine, under blue skies, coconut trees dance in the sea breeze

The resort is made up of four zones:
  • Sea Sports: Swimming, sailboarding and kayaking; or just lazing on the beach.
  • Food and Fishing: A wide selection of restaurants and bars; high-tech fishing tools at the International Fishing Club; and sightseeing.
  • Family entertainment: The Music Square;a course in roller-skating; the Children's Movement Center; the Kingdom of Butterflies;especially popular is the water ballet performance and diving contest.
  • Places to stay: Villas, chalets and even tents with hammocks: comfortable, clean and safe.

An unusual feature: The 'kissing fish'. Fish in 104 F water nibble at your body and cleanse it in the process.

Temple of the Five Lords (Wugong Ci)
Five km from Haikou City stands the Temple of the Five Lords (Wugong Ci in Chinese) constructed in the reign of Emperor Wanli of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The temple – renovated several times during the reign of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) – exudesa deep sense of peace and tranquility.

An architectural wonder, the 2,800 sq m temple comprises the Five Lords Ancestral Hall, the Sugong Memorial Temple, Hairui and Fubo memorial temples, Guanjia Tang (Watching Crop Hall) and Xuepu Tang (Studying Hall).

The Five Lords Ancestral Hall is considered to be "the No.1 Building in Hainan". Constructed to commemorate the five famous officials – Li Deyu, Li Gang, Zhao Ding, Li Guang and Hu Quanwho were banished to Hainan during the Tang Dynasty (618 AD-907 AD) and the Song Dynasty (960 AD-1279 AD) - the two -storied wooden building houses lifelike stone statues of the five revered officials. The inner pillars carry couplets in praise of them. A stone tablet carved with calligraphy inscriptions of Emperor Huizong of the Song Dynasty is also on display.

Two other buildings in the complex are worth visiting. The first is Xuepu Tang (Gardening Study Hall where the famous scholar Guo Wanxiang often gave lectures.The other is Wugong Jingshe (West Hall), where students of the Qing Dynasty were given lessons in history and literature.

Opposite the temple is a museum that takes you through the history of the Hainan people.

To the east of the Temple of Five Lords is Sugong Temple, built in honor of Su Dongpo, one of the greatest poets of the Song Dynasty, who had dug two springs for community use at a time of water scarcities. One of the springs still exists to this day.

Dongzhai Harbor Mangrove Natural Reserve Area
The first – and the largest – mangrove natural reserve in China, Dongzhai Harbor is to the northeast of Haikou city. As you perhaps know, mangroves grow in tropical swamps and their roots descend from branches. At high tide, the branches are submerged; only the green crowns of the mangrovesare visible

Dongzhai Harbor Mangrove Natural Reserve Area is a sanctuary for around 159 species of tropical and migratory birds, some of them rare. The wetland is of great ecological importance as a waterfowl habitat. In winter, tens of thousands of birds turn the swamp into a wonderland. Marine animals spawn and raise their infants here. Fish, shrimp and shellfish are part of the natural food chain

Dongjiao Coconut Plantation
Nothing can be more invigorating than swimming in blue waters with coconut juice running down your chin. That’s the promise of Dongjiao Coconut Plantation, a paradise that goes by various epithets: 'Kingdom of Coconuts', 'Golden Seashore' and 'Forest Park over the Sea'

Coconut Plantation

The common belief is that the city of Wenchang yields half the coconuts grown in Hainan of which the most famous come from the Dongjiao Coconut Plantation in the nearby seaside town of Dongjiao.

The plantation is a veritable forest. More than 500,000 coconut trees of every conceivable variety are grown here: red, green, short, tall and countless others. Interspersed are short arecas (palm trees) that the people of Hainan call the 'Trees of Lovers'. Coconuts are the heroes and arecas the beauties. The trees act as a shield against frequent typhoons.

A path in the forest leads you to Coconut Bayou. The bayou was once featured in a thematic stamp collection called 'Seashore Scenery'

The Coconut Park is virtually a sea of coconuts in different shapes and sizes. The most unique: 'King Three Branches of Coconuts' named for the grotesquely large branches of the tree

Dongjiao also has a thriving fishing industry. An ancient beacon still guides passing boats. The goddess Shuiwei Shengniang Miao is the fishermen’s deity worshipped at a nearby temple.

The famous ladies of Wenchang

Wenchang city is the birthplace of several well-known politicians, entrepreneurs and literati. Interestingly, the wives of three of China's most famous leaders in the first half of the twentieth century were born here. Song Qingling, wife of Sun Yat Sen, Song Meiling, wife of Chiang Kai-shek and Xie Fei, wife of the old revolutionist and first Co-chairman of the PRC Liu Shaoqi. Statues of the three ladies stand at the Hainan Prima Resort in the Dongjiao Coconut Plantation.


Bathe in the warm and limpid waters of the sea. Row a boat or ride a bike. Pick shells with umbrella tips. Stroll barefoot over silver sands. Take refuge from the sun in small wooden cabins. Sip fragrant Chinese tea. Let the sea breeze kiss your skin and ruffle your hair.

Sample the fare from the great seafood kitchens of Dongjiao. Take your pick from fresh catches of fish and ask seasoned chefs to add their culinary magic. End a meal with sweet coconuts.

Then go shopping at the Coconut Plantation Long Street.

Coconut plantation

In 1989, the plantation was Hainan’s first full-fledged tourist resort. Gradual expansion and improvement of facilities have turned the plantation into a playground that has every possible distraction.

Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone

Countless visitors flock to an area 40 km southwest of Sanya, drawn by the beauty of Nanshan Mountain. Both a Buddhist cultural center and an eco-tourism zone, Nanshan features three theme parks: Buddhism Culture Park, Blessing and Longevity Park, and Hainan Custom Culture Park.

As the name suggests, ‘Buddhism Culture Park’ reflects the Buddhist way of life and its profound philosophy. Highlights: the Nanshan Temple, the statue of the South China Sea Kwan-yin Bodhisattva, the China Buddhism Culture Institute and the Kwan-yin Park. The giant seaside statue of Kwan-yin stands 108 m tall. Not far is a second statue of Kwan-yin, considerably smaller, but made of gold, diamonds and jade among other precious stones. It is said that 100 kg of gold have gone into making this work of Buddhist art.

Blessing and Longevity Park embodies the essence of Chinese culture: peace and good fortune.

Hainan Custom Culture Park showcases the customs of Hainan’s two main ethnic minorities, Li and Miao.

The Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone is renowned for its spectacular scenery, its artistic canvas and the unique flavors of its vegetarian cuisine. Dine on wild mushrooms and other exotic vegetables.

After dinner, be sure to attend the classical concert and the Kung Fu performance. The concert band comprises 14 young Chinese girls who produce beautiful Chinese rhythms from traditional instruments: erhu, zither, lute (pipa), and flute. Round off the evening with a Kung Fu performance of great speed, skill and technique.

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