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Sanya Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Tourism Zone

Updated: 2012-10-17 10:37

The Sanya Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Tourism Zone is one of the largest cultural tourist attractions of its kind in China. It is located just 40 kilometers west of Sanya along the Hainan West Expressway.

There are three separate parks in Nanshan:

Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park is a window on China's traditional Buddhism culture;

Felicity and Longevity Culture Park reflects an atmosphere of peace, harmony and longevity;

Nanshan Cultural Park highlights China's diverse social customs.

The key features of the zone include the three-sided statue of Guan Yin Buddha, Buddhist temples, and spectacular landscape and sea views. The zone has been designated a Priority Project of China Tourism Development and earmarked for further development. Recently completed, the bronze statue of Guan Yin Buddha stands 108 meters tall on an artificial island in the sea just off Nanshan. It is larger than the statue of liberty.

Nanshan has been deemed an auspicious and blessed land in Brahma. According to Buddhist scriptures, Guanyin Buddha made 12 oaths to save all living beings. To dwell at South Sea permanently was the second of the twelve oaths. Master Jianzhen, a renowned monk during the Tang Dynasty, tried in vain five times to sail eastward to Japan to preach Buddha’s teachings. On his fifth trip to Japan, he drifted to Nanshan. While staying in Nanshan one year and a half, he set up a temple and performed missionary work. On his sixth attempt he finally reached Japan. The traveling Japanese monk Konghai also landed in Nanshan in this way, attempting to learn Buddhism during the Tang Dynasty. “Good fortune as vast as East Sea, long life as great as Nanshan Mountain” is a famous saying that further depicts Nanshan as the root of Chinese traditional culture emphasizing auspiciousness and longevity.

The Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone is a unique large-scale eco-cultural tourism zone with an area of 50 square kilometers, including sea area of more than 10 sq km. Backed by its beautiful sea and mountain landscape and rich historical cultural resources, Nanshan will be built into several cultural theme parks and resorts, including Buddhism Park, a historical site in India, the World of Auspiciousness and Longevity, Statues of Fairy Tales, Gate Scenery District, relevant hotels, vacation villas and other facilities. Among those, construction of the Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Theme Park started in November 1995 and was completed and opened to the public in April 1998. The park consists of sites and scenery with Buddhist cultural influence, including Nanshan Temple, Nanshan Kwan-yin Statue on South Sea, Savior Garden, Auspicious Garden, Longevity Valley and Small Moon Bay. It is also home to various attractions which have entered the Guinness World Record. They include Gold and Jade Kwan-yin Statue, Dragon-Phoenix Ink Stone (the world’s largest ink stone), Brahma Bells Garden, and the top statue project in the world and century. This project took 6 years to build and had a Grand Buddhist Revealing Ceremony on April 24, 2005. It was a great event for Buddhism occurring only once in a thousand years.

Nanshan is now a tourist destination attracting more and more visitors from all over the world. Tourists can enjoy themselves with a great tropical ecological environment consisting of sunshine, sea, sand, blossoms and greenery. Visitors can also feel the peace and harmony in Buddhist culture and the joy of returning to nature.


Address: Yacheng Town, Sanya, Hainan Island, China

Distance to Sanya: 40 kilometers

Transportation: Taxi, Sightseeing Bus [Yalong Bay<->Nanshan Temple]

Admission Fee: 150 yuan; 78 yuan for children

Estimated Visiting Time: at least two hours

Tel/Fax 86-898-8883-7985 / 8883-7872


Opening hours: 8:00 am ~ 6:00 pm

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