Xitian Temple in Haikou, Hainan province
Xitian Temple (xī tiān miào 西天庙) is located in Yixing Street in the old part of Haikou City (hǎi kǒu shì 海口市). It covers an area of 1193 square meters. It was originally built in the Ming Dynasty (míng cháo 明朝). All the architectures in Xitian Temple are made of wood and bricks. Pillars and beams are decorated with beatiful pictures and carvings.

It was built by Wang Zuo (wáng zuǒ 王佐), who was a personnel in Ming Dynasty. When he was the official in Hainan, he did many good things for the common people. Therefore, the following generation constructed the temple to commemorate him.

The temple can be devided into three parts. Between the first part and the second part, there is a courtyard. And between the second part and the third part, there is a pavilion. On the gate, there engraved “西天庙". All the rooms in the temple are decorated with paintings and carvings. On the wall, there are the paintings telling stories. The relief sculptures on the stone pillars are delicate.
Besides the Xitian Temple, there’re also many old buildings Yixing Street which is interesting to wander down.
Xitian Temple is used as a social gathering place and in the middle hall you will find people playing 8 ball, watching TV and playing cards.
Xitian Temple
Address: No. 75 Yixing Street (yì xìng qū 义兴区), Xinhua District (xīn huá qū 新华区)
Admission fee: CNY 16
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Transportation: you can take bus No. 17 to get there
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