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Updated on July 8, 2012

China's Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park Has a 108 Metre Statue of Guanyin

Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park is situated at Nanshan District, 50 km west of Sanya in Hainan Province. It is adjacent to the ocean and boasts the highest Buddha statue in the world; the 108 m NanHai Guanyin statue. Construction began in 1995, and was completed on April 12th, 1998, the 2000th anniversary of Buddhism in China.

Image on Flickr by: drs2biz | Lens Updated: July 8th, 2012 @ 8:00 pm Beijing time.

Map Showing Sanya Area in Hainan, China - General location of Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park...

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Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park is located at the central southern coastal area of Sanya Prefecture, coloured in yellow in the map, above... drs2biz.

Sanya, Nanshan Guanyin Statue on Wikipedia

Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park's Dominant Attraction...

"The Guanyin Statue of Hainan, also known as Guan Yin of the South Sea of Sanya, is a 108 metre tall statue of the bodhisattva Guan Yin, sited on the south coast of China's island province Hainan in the Nanshan Culture Tourism Zone near the Nanshan Temple west of Sanya. The statue has three aspects; one side faces inland and the other two face the South China Sea, to represent blessing and protection by Guan Yin of China and the whole world. One aspect depicts Guan Yin cradling a sutra in the left hand and gesturing"... read more on Wikipedia!

Guanyin Statue by: drs2biz

Sanya, Nanshan Guanyin Statue - a Profile - At Nanshan Buddhism Park on a Man-made Island...

Nanshan Guanyin Buddha Statue
Nanshan Guanyin Buddha Statue

"Guanyin Statue" on Flickr, by: drs2biz

This holy Guanyin statue with "three figures in one", standing 108 metres tall in the South China Sea, is known as the "No 1 statue project in China as well as the world". The three figures stand separately for the trinity of "peace, wisdom and mercy". This project took six years to complete and had a grand Buddhist opening ceremony on April 24th, 2005.

Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park Amenities - This temple is the core of Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park...

Nanshan Buddhism Park Temple on Flickr by: drs2biz

Nanshan Temple is the core of Buddhism Park. It is the largest Buddhist Temple built under the approval of the Central Government since the founding of the People's Republic of China. Zhao Puchu, the late great master of Buddhism, selected the temple site himself and autographed it with "Nanshan Temple", "Sea and Mountain Monastery" etc.

Other amenities include Yuantong Palace, where 99,999 Guanyin sculptures are displayed, a 280 metre long causeway named Puji that spans the sea and the statue base and a square for worshipping that can accommodate 60,000 people. Lianyue Lake and Zhiyue Lake, two themed lakes featuring various artistic scenes, are complemented by Miaojin Grove, where thousands of banyan trees are planted. Asia's exclusive night lighting system, "Rays of Buddha", provide illumination after dusk. The sandy dam scenes include classics of the 2,000 year long Buddhist culture of China, and the horticultural art work is renowned world-wide.

This is an area of natural tranquillity that is augmented by a design allowing interaction between tourist and landscape. It introduces a diverse theme of cultural activities such as a Zen tea break, a vegetarian gourmet experience, hugging Buddha's feet, releasing lotus lights, releasing lives at the South China Sea etc, all further enhancing the significance of the culture of Guanyin.

Here visitors will enjoy the heartfelt peace bestowed by the Guanyin culture amid charming scenes and the harmonious eco-environment. You will be drawn back to Nanshan Buddhist Park for a further visit.

Nanshan's Dharma Door of Non-duality - Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park's Entrance Gate...

Nanshan's Dharma Door of Non-duality
Nanshan's Dharma Door of Non-duality

The Dharma Door of Non-duality, on Flickr by: drs2biz

A Dharma-door is an entrance to the Dharma, a teaching about a way or method of practice leading to enlightenment. The heavenly existence in the Dharma Realm of Form is 84,000 great kalpas (84,000 x 1.28 trillion years). Among those, the Dharma-Door of Non-duality (Non-dualism implies that things appear distinct while not being separate. The word's origin is the Latin duo meaning "two" and is used as the English translation of the Sanskrit term advaita. The term can refer to a belief, condition, theory, practice, or quality - Wikipedia.) is considered as the last one at the highest state. Only by entering this door, may one elucidate the teaching of the entrance into the principle of Non-duality and attain the enlightenment of Nirvana of tolerance of the birthlessness of things and beings. With this principle, "Harmony With Original Nature", can be more clearly specified as the essence of Non-duality, non-discrimination, and no self, as no attachment in harmony with Original Nature.

In Chapter 9 of the holy teaching of the Vimalakirti Sutra, the crown prince Manjushri asked the Licchavi Vimalakirti: "We have all given our own teachings, noble sir. Now, may you elucidate the teaching of the entrance into the principle of Non-duality?" Thereupon, the Licchavi Vimalakirti kept his silence, saying nothing at all. The crown prince Manjushri applauded the Licchavi Vimalakirti: "Excellent! Excellent!, noble sir! This is indeed the entrance into the Non-duality of the bodhisattvas. Here there is no use for syllables, sounds and ideas." The expression of the teaching was even more condensed but it was needed to practice vigorously the concentration of the mind on the point of Zen.

The Nanshan Dharma-Door of Non-duality is the scenic entrance of the park designed with a North-South Song Dynasty style (960-1127 AD) . Through this Door lies a peaceful and auspicious Buddhist spiritual place in Nanshan. The characters "Non-duality" outside and above the door and "Oneness" inside and above were written by Mr. Gu Ting Long, the late well-known calligrapher in his 94th year. "Oneness" is a homologue (corresponding or similar in position, value, structure, or function) of "Non-duality".

Gold and Jade Avalokitesvara Statue - National Treasure housed in the Guanyin Pavilion...

Gold and Jade Avalokitesvara Statue on Flickr by: drs2biz

This gold and jade statue of Guanyin stands 3.8 metres high and has more than 100 kilograms of gold and silver covering it. It is also studded with 120 carats of South African diamonds, as well as a multitude of assorted precious stones.

Since this statue was delivered to Nanshan in 1998, it has received millions of Buddhists from all over the world to worship and pay their most pious tribute. Accordingly, Hainan people regard this Avalokitesvara as the "Island Treasure" with great pride.

It is the first enshrined Buddha after the inauguration of the Nanshan Cultural Tourism Zone in 1998, and was confirmed in the same year, by Guinness World Book of Records, as the largest gold and jade statue of Buddha in the world.

DuaJi ZhaXi, "living Buddha", filled a relic of Sakyamuni into the statue as a spiritual blessing.

Dragon Phoenix Inkstone at Nanshan Park - This carved inkstone is the largest in the world...

Dragon Phoenix Inkstone
Dragon Phoenix Inkstone

This ink-stone, carved in the form of a dragon and a phoenix, is registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the largest in the world and weighs 36 tonnes.

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Nanshan Buddhism Park Longevity Tortoises - A statue to commemorate the legend of saving the tortoise...

Nanshan Buddhism Park Longevity Tortoises on Flickr by: drs2biz

It is recorded in Yazhou Annals: When a man came into South Aoshan to lop brambles, the mountain was covered in a thick fog. He saw four tortoises drinking by a gully, and one of them fell into the gully and could not get out. The man helped the tortoise out and received a "pellet" in return! When the fog cleared, the four tortoises turned into four long-bearded old men, who rose into the clouds and flew away!

The man, who was happy to meet the longevity tortoises, took the pellet and returned to his village with the brambles. His family was surprised and told him it had been months since the time he left. He lived a long life of 360 years, and died without experiencing any serious illness!

The four longevity tortoises statue was built to commemorate this legend at the lunar calendar time of 09-09-1999.

Nanshan Buddhism Park Transportation - Enjoy this Buddhist cultural experience in comfort...

Nanshan Buddhism Park Eco-friendly Electric Transportation on Flickr by: drs2biz

There are 50 battery-powered eco-tour buses in the park. Purchasing a ticket allows the user to board any of these buses. Every scenic spot has a bus stop. Guests can access each spot by boarding one of these buses or choosing a more convenient method of transport in a chartered touring car. Nanshan Villas offer a bicycle rental service for both individual and family tours.

Nanshan Yu's Clay Sculpture Workshop - Tiny clay figurines made by a master craftperson...

Nanshan Buddhism Park - Yu's Clay Sculptures, "He He" and "Mei Mei"
Nanshan Buddhism Park - Yu's Clay Sculptures, "He He" and "Mei Mei"

The chief of the workshop is Ms. Yu Xiang Lian, a great master of Chinese national arts and crafts, who was born into a well-known family of Chinese traditional clay sculptors and has been edified by the sculpture art from her childhood. Her clay figurines are characterised with vivid simplicity and unique artistic exaggeration. The representative work of Nanshan Yu's Clay Sculpture Workshop is a couple of lovely clay dolls named "He He" and "Mei Mei", standing for "Peace" and "Happiness".

Nanshan Buddhism Park Basic Information

All you need to know about Nanshan Buddhism Park...

Address: Yacheng Town, Sanya, Hainan Island, China.

Location: 40 Kilometres from Sanya City.

Transport: Bus (Sanya City<->Nanshan Temple), taxi

Admission Fee(s): RMB 150 | RMB 78 for children

Other Fees: Gold & Jade Statue RMB 30 | Buffet Lunch RMB 48 | "Budget" Lunch RMB 20 | Battery Car RMB 20

Viewing Time Required: at least 2 hours

Phone/Fax: ++86-0898-88837985 / 88837872

Websites: In English | In Chinese!

Business Hours: 08:00 am to 6:00 pm

Golden Buddhas by: drs2biz

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      Jack 2 years ago

      Ha ja, als je katholiek bent oeevgopd dan is het nogal wat om eerlijk antwoord the geven op zo'n vraag. Waar ik altijd wel een beetje moeite mee heb is dat mensen graag etiketjes willen plakken. Ik snap het wel, lekker overzichtelijk enzo, maar niemand is in een hokje the duwen. Zo beschouw ik mezelf niet als een antroposoof. De antroposofie is een grote inspiratiebron in mijn leven. Maar ik word ook geinspireerd door het zen boeddhisme. Iedereen gebruikt bepaalde stromingen, overtuigingen, religies om the komen tot zichzelf. En dat is het mooie van de mensheid, dat we elkaar blijven inspireren.xx

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      David Schroeter 8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to Rajays] Thank you, Suthep, you are so kind!

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      Revisiting to re-bless this awesome lens.

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      RinchenChodron 8 years ago

      Lovely photos and info. Welcome to the Dharma Group.

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      David Schroeter 8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to a_willow] Thanks Michelle. You have put a smile on my dial :-)

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      Mihaela Vrban 8 years ago from Croatia

      Wonderful pictures and great introduction to a beautiful places... Wish could jump on the plain and visit! Blessed by an angel!

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      David Schroeter 8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to Rajays] Thanks, Rajays... your encouragement is appreciated!

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      ssuthep 8 years ago

      Another beautiful and informative lens, David. I am becoming a fan of your work and photos. Great job here. Blessings from this Angel.

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      David Schroeter 8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to aj2008] Tks for your blessing, AJ it has made my day!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent lens and wonderful photos. Blessed by an Angel!

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      x3xsolxdierx3x lm 8 years ago

      really great and well-put-together lens. 5 stars :)

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      David Schroeter 8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to spirituality] Tks Katinka... you truly are an angel ;-)

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      I wonder who counted the 99,999 Guanyin sculptures. Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park sounds like a fascinating place to visit. Thank you for introducing me.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      can't believe I hadn't blessed this yet :) done now.

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      patinkc 8 years ago from Midwest

      I used one of your photos and featured this lens on my Kuan Yin lens.

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      David Schroeter 8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to Tipi] Thank you, Susie! I will be trying to keep this lens fresh and updated as I have lots of photos and good memories of my visit to this wonderful park!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      A wonderful lens about a place I had never heard of. Thank you so much for sharing this. - I love it! - Susie

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      David Schroeter 8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to Laniann] Thank you Lani... you are very kind!

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! You did a wonderful job with the photography. 5*s and I Favorite It.

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      [in reply to PatinKC] Hi Pat. Thank you for your kindness and words of encouragement. It's great to be in your group!

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      patinkc 8 years ago from Midwest

      Five *, fav and lensrolled to Kuan Yin (Guanyin).

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      patinkc 8 years ago from Midwest

      I'm happy to welcome this lively lens to the World of Buddhism Group. Thanks for joining!

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      David Schroeter 8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to spirituality] Thank you, Katinka. I will work on this aspect... your advice is appreciated!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Very good lens, but you might want to make it plain in the introduction in which COUNTRY this park is situated - perhaps a map (google maps module)?

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      David Schroeter 8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to chefkeem] Thank you very much! Great words of encouragement from such an experienced lensmaster.

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      You make fabulous lenses! I'm glad you stopped by and caught my attention. 5*s and a hearty SquidAngel Blessing for this great page!

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      David Schroeter 8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      Tks, Jimmie! You are always very quick to visit when I publish a new lens. It's a pleasure to welcome you back!

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      You're officially blessed!