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Chinese Island of Hainan. P.1

Mike Seryakov • 7 minutes read • March 16th, 2017


is the southernmost point of China, an island that was open to foreigners only in 1985. Now it's actively gaining momentum as a tourist resort.
Haikou located in the north of the country is the capital of the province with the same name. However, its south is more developed from the tourist point of view.

Homemade mopeds are the main travel mode. Sometimes they are called "auto rikshaws" - these are the ordinary small bikes with wooden carriages for two people attached to them. Carriages have different designs, depending on the skill and imagination of the moped owner. Auto rikshaws are waiting everywhere, you just have to go along the road as it will approach you and will go slowly by your side, periodically shouting out the names of the nearest restaurants or some sightseeing places and will always be ready to give you a ride somewhere for a small fee.
There are also ordinary taxis, most often - the blue "Volkswagen Jetta" of the Chinese assembly, if I'm not mistaken. However, it's more expensive and not so interesting to move around the island on them.
Chinese government makes huge investments in the 


 area, it is planned to create an alternative to the tourist areas of Thailand for European tourists and Hawaii for Australian and American ones. People bathe here mainly in three bays: Sanyawan,


and Yalong Wan.

Sanyawan is located to the west of the city, close to the airport. Accommodation is the cheapest here because of this road. It stretches along the entire coast and there are no villas, no hotels directly on the beach here. You need to cross this road, and there are still about 100 - 150 meters to the beach.
The Tianya Haijiao park or the "edge of the sky", depicted on a Chinese banknote of 2 yuan, is also situated here.
According to the legend, the mythical Monkey King Sun Wukong visited this place during his endless wanderings. He gave this place the name, which can be translated as "the edge of the sky, rim of the sea".
Nature scattered large and small rocks on a sandy beach.
I read in the guidebook that in 1733, the chief of the Yazhou County (this is the ancient name of the city of Sanya) engraved 4 hieroglyphs on the two largest stones - the symbols of love and friendship. The Chinese visit the park in order "to get the joys of family life"....

The festival of newlyweds takes place in the park at the end of every November. However, I found more than 2 stones with hieroglyphics here.
Amount of people is also great in the park.
However, I would call Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park the symbol of the Chinese island. The Chinese say that this is the best place on the island in terms of the feng shui theory - the optimal combination of mountains, water, vegetation.
Nanshan in Chinese means "South Mountain" - it is a symbol of longevity. The Chinese wish you long years of life by saying "show bi nan shan" (live as long as South Mountain).

The biggest number of Hainan long-livers really live here, their photos are even exhibited in the park.
The total area of the park is more than 40 square kilometers.
There is a statue of the three-faced goddess Guanyin on an artificial island in this park.
The face turned to the north, holds the sutras in her hands, the symbol of wisdom. The face turned to the east holds the lotus flower, the symbol of peace. The third one has the beads in the hands, the symbol of prayer.

The statue of Guanyin is 14 meters higher than the Statue of Liberty in New York. Its height is 78 meters, and 108 meters from the pedestal (this is the symbolic number of steps on the way to nirvana). According to the estimates of the creators, it must withstand the wind of 48 meters per second, i.е. it will withstand the strongest typhoon. The statue is made of metal and covered with a special fast white color.
In Sanya, you can buy tea everywhere, and everyone is trying to bring Chinese tea from Hainan. You can see here a dry pressed puer almost in all stores.
There are a lot of different fish restaurants on the island with a lot of aquariums standing everywhere. Aquariums are a kind of menu. You come to a restaurant, choose a fish, they catch it, kill it and cook.
Luhuitou Park is another interesting park in Hainan. It can be literally translated like "the deer turned its head". A mountain range with steep slopes on the cape of the peninsula looks like a deer standing in front of the sea and turning its head to look back.
You can go down from the top of the mountain to its foot on toboggan.
It offers a magnificent view of Sanya, the southern capital of the island.
According to the legend of the Li people, a young hunter tracked a golden deer in the mountains for several days. When he finally found it, he was nearly outrun by the leopard. The hunter dexterously shot it. Then the hunter drove the deer. Then it reached the sea and saw that there was no way back, it turned its head and turned into a beautiful girl of the Li tribe. Young people got married, built a house on the coast and lived a happy life. This sculpture, erected in 1987, recalls this story.
Let's continue our tour of Sanya (Chinese Island of Hainan. P.2)!
Author: Mike Seryakov
Translated by: Olesya Zhukova

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