Cultural Tourism Hotspot, 5 big cultural sites to visit in Hainan
Hainan boasts a number of cultural attractions famous for their well-preserved historic buildings and charming cultures. Each attraction is of great significance in terms of historical, literary, and architectural significance in Hainan’s dynastic past. A visit to any of the following historical sites provides a window into the cultural and historical development of early Hainan and its people.
Dongpo Academy, Danzhou City
Dongpo Academy is recognized as one of the key historical and cultural sites in Hainan.
In the early Song Dynasty, poet and writer Su Dongpo was banished from the political heart of China’s government to this hot and humid island on the fringes of Chinese society. He lived in and lectured at the academy in Danzhou for over three years. The academy was also a place for him to spread the culture and civilization of North China.
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: Zhonghe Town, Danzhou City, Hainan 儋州市中和镇东坡书院
Yongqing Temple, Chengmai County
Yongqing Temple lies in the western region of the Yingbin Peninsula in Chengmai County. It was built during the Northern Song Dynasty and is the largest Buddhist temple in northern Hainan.
The ancient Yongqing Temple enjoys great prestige not only for its Buddhist significance, but also for its picturesque surroundings. The area features ample sunshine, sea, sand, flower blossoms, and greenery.
Visitors can feel the peace and harmony of Buddhist culture here and experience the joy of returning to nature.
Opening hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: Yingbin Peninsula, Old City Economic Development Zone, Chenghai County 澄迈县老城经济开发区盈滨半岛
Wenbifeng Pangu Cultural Tourism Area, Ding’an County
Wenbifeng Pangu Cultural Tourism Area is located at the foot of Wenbi Peak in Ding’an County. Since ancient times it has been referred to as a “land of treasure." The area features a quiet and tranquil natural environment, and various areas where the remains from ancient civilization can still be seen today.
Yuchan Temple, located in Wenbifeng Daoism Park, is one of the famous Taoist temples in Hainan.
Yuchan Temple was the final place of seclusion for the founding father of Southern Daoism, Bai Yuchan. It is the only legal Taoist temple in Hainan and the world’s largest and most complete Taoist architectural complex.
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Telephone: 0898-66288075; 0898-63733318
Address: Longhu Town, Ding’an County, Hainan 定安县龙湖镇
Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone, Sanya City
Located 40 kilometers west of the Sanya city center, the park is an ideal eco-tourism and spiritual site for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
"Nanshan” literally means “south mountain temple,” which originated from a famous Buddhist expression: “Good fortune as vast as the East Sea; longevity as high as Nanshan.”
The park is divided into three zones: Hainan Custom Culture Park, Blessing and Longevity Park, and Buddhism Culture Park.
Opening hours: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Address: Nanshan Village, Yacheng District, Sanya 三亚市崖城区南山村
Dongtian Park, Sanya City
Originally established during the Southern Song Dynasty, Dongtian Park is the southernmost center of Taoist culture in China.
It has been a major attraction for visitors to Hainan Island for about 800 years.
The site incorporates fifty different scenic spots with beautiful beachfronts and mountain scenery as well as cultural and educational activities.
Opening hours: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Address: Yazhou Bay, 40 km southwest of Sanya City 三亚市区以西40公里的南山西南隅
SOURCE: WOS Team