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Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone

nanshan-tourism-zoneEncompassing 50 square kilometers and a sea area of 10 square kilometers, the Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone is located in the western part of Sanya. Since 1998, the resort has received millions of tourists from home and abroad.

Nanshan was also named Ao (Tortoise) Mountain in ancient times because of its tortoise-like shape. The totem of longevity, the tortoise is thought to be the mount of the Guanyin Buddha. Guanyin is one of the four great bodhisattvas of Buddhism. Guanyin is a savior and deliverer, a sea goddess prayed to by sailors in a storm, the bestower of children and the idealization of all that is considered gentle, graceful and compassionate in women, Guanyin has a profound influence on traditional Chinese culture.

nanshan-tourism-zone01Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone is a rare extra large-scale eco-cultural tourism zone with an area of 50 square km, including a sea area of more than 10 square km. The master plan of the project was made by Urban International New York and revised by EDSA.

It has organized, large-scale activities including the First China Nanshan Longevity Festival, the opening ceremony of the Hainan Eco-tour, and the new Millennium Celebration. Famous tourist attractions in the area include the Nanshan Buddhist Culture Garden, the Big Heavenly Abode, the Small Heavenly Adobe, the Sanya City Park, the 108-metre-high sculpture of Avalokitesvara (Goddess of Mercy) and the largest ink well in the world.

Nanshan is a significant place in China’s history of Buddhism and Taoism. It is said that Jian Zhen, a famous Tang-dynasty Buddhist monk, made five unsuccessful voyages to Japan to promote Buddhism. It was on the sixth time that he drifted to Nanshan. One and a half years later, he finally got to Japan. Recognized as important in Buddhist history, construction of the Nanshan Buddhist Culture Garden within the resort began in November 1995, and it was completed in April 1998. Inside the garden is the Nanshan Buddhist Temple, the biggest one built since the founding of the new China in 1949. The Big Heavenly Adobe and the Small Heavenly Adobe are important parts of the Nanshan Taoist Cultural Garden. Featuring green forests, fancy rocks and mysterious caves, the garden is an attractive place for both Taoist believers and tourists from home and abroad.

Nanshan, with its uniqueness and beauty, is now a tourist destination attracting more and more tourists. People can not only enjoy themselves in the great ecological environment with sun, sand, sea, but can also ,deep within the heart, the real beauty, peace, and harmony of Buddhist culture.

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