Seeing new Hainan’s Boao, a charming land beyond Asia Forum
Boao at the outlet of the Wanquan River to the sea is also the confluence of the Longgun River and the Jiuqu River. Time and tide have created here some magnificent sandbanks and islets. This area is so far the best-preserved river exit to the sea in the world. The water, the beaches, the green forests on the seashore, the coconut palms swaying at sea breezes and the cooking smoke in nearby villages all contribute to making Boao a natural miracle.
The Legend of Boao
Long ago in Chinese legend, the youngest daughter of the Dragon King — Ao Qin of the South China Sea, gave birth to a son named Ao. Although its birth was accompanied by a splendid chance for prosperity, Ao looked strange with a dragon’s head, tortoise’s back and kylin’s tail.
This strange looking creature made the Dragon King angry and he wanted Ao and his mother to leave the island. The King blocked their return to the South China Sea by laying his jade belt across the entrance. This belt turned into the Jade Belt Beach that lies in front of Sofitel Boao today.
Hearing the news, the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin, came to the island and after 72 battles subdued Ao, and transformed him into a dragon. Ao’s original body, a turtle with a dragon’s head, then became Dongyu Island, the site of Sofitel Boao. Aerial photographs of the island show it is shaped like a turtle. While it sounds like a tale from Middle Earth, whether true or not Boao is a remarkable yet sleepy corner of Hainan.
The monk of Tang Dynasty, Huai Ren said, "Who subdued Ao became a Saint, who obtained Ao became a wise man."
BFA Permanent Venue Scenery Area
BFA Permanent Venue Scenery Area is located on the Dongyu Island near the mouth of Wanquan River to the South China Sea that is the best-protected river mouth of the world. It integrates modern buildings, intelligence conference system, challenging golf course, attracting scenery and impressive legend. Being the permanent venue of BFA, the Island became world famous.
The Establishment Venue of BFA
Here, in the Boao Asia Forum Annual Conference Center, the Asia Forum was founded and the first session of annual conference was held. Just at that moment, Boao pulsated with the world together. Then it was received entitles such as "Top Ten Tourist Spots in Hainan", "Reference for Foreigners Attraction in Hainan" and "Model of Fantastic Scenic Spot in Hainan".
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