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China Vacations | Tianya Haijiao

Updated on May 27, 2012

Tianya Haijiao, Most Southern Point of Hainan!

In Chinese folklore, it was thought there was a remote part of the known world where the sky meets the sea. As this area is the most southern part of China, it has been named "Tianya Haijiao" (the furthermost part of the sky and the sea).

Tianya Haijiao is at the foot of Xiamaling Mountain in Tianya Town, around 24 km West of the tourist resort city of Sanya. This beautiful seaside park is a pleasant place to wile away a few hours and enjoy the sea breeze and listen to the crashing of the waves on huge rocks lining the shore.

These huge boulders are engraved with Chinese Characters including "Tian Ya" (Edge of the Sky), "Hai Jiao" (Corner of the Sea), "Nan Tian Yi Zhu" (A Pillar Piercing into the Southern Sky) and "Hai Pan Nan Tian" (The Sea Rising Against the Sky in the South). In the tourist area there is a great beach for swimming, a place to go fishing, boats to cruise on and other facilities to enjoy. If you are active, you can climb up a Platform lit by fire, or visit the Pavilion and look out across the sea, and walk along the winding paths in the hills by the beach.

Many young couples spend their honeymoon visiting Tianya Haijiao, as do holidaying mainland tourists. In Chinese literature, this location is mentioned in many famous poems, such as "I Will Follow You to Tianya Haijiao".

| Lens Updated: May 27th, 2012 @ 10:35 pm Beijing time.

Tianya Haijiao Park "Remember" Stone! - One of a collection of interesting rocks in Tianya Haijiao Park!

Tianya Haijiao Park "Remember" Stone image on Flickr by: drs2biz! The inscription reads "Shan Meng Hai Shi" - Mountain Union Sea Promise (Make a solemn pledge of love). A rock for lovers in Tianya Haijiao Park.

From the 18th to the 21st of November every year, couples from all aver the world gather at Tianya Haijiao to celebrate their new marriage or wedding anniversaries. When referred to love and marriage, Tianya Haijiao in Chinese implies eternal relationship, meaning the sea and sky, stones and mountains will act as the witness of love.

The International Wedding Ceremony is highlighted with traditional, interesting activities for the newly-weds and others to partake in. Tianya Haijiao is certainly a place for lovers, young and old, to express their true feelings for one another in a setting that is romantic and natural!

Chinese Wedding image on Flickr by: drs2biz!

"Welcome" Rock at Entrance to Tianya Haijiao! - This scene greets the visitors on entry to Tianya Haijiao Park!

"Welcome Rock" image, at entrance to Tianya Haijiao Park, on Flickr by: drs2biz!

The main attractions at Tianya Haijiao Park include the following:

  • A Pre-Historic Shell Museum
  • Tian-Ya Cliff, with an inscription of Cheng Zhe's writing on its top.
  • The "Rocks of Sun and Moon" (Husband and wife) are two boulders among many other uniquely shaped rocks.
  • "Southern Heaven Rock" is a boulder near the "Rocks of Sun and Moon", with a famous poem of Fan Yun-Ti inscribed on its top.

Traditional Costumes at Tianya Haijiao! - The clothing represents different ethnic minority groups from Hainan Province!

"Ethnic Minorities Traditional Dress" image, at Tianya Haijiao Park, on Flickr by: drs2biz!

A Typical Bronze Statue in Tianya Haijiao Park! - Many bronze or granite statues of poets, philosophers and statesmen adorn the park!

"Bronze Statue" image, at Tianya Haijiao Park, on Flickr by: drs2biz!

Tianya Haijiao on 2 Yuan (RMB) Banknote! - The "Southern Heaven" Rock is Depicted on the Reverse of This Note!

The images on Chinese banknotes, as for money anywhere in the world, display significant historical, cultural and artistic information about that country. The banknotes of the People's Republic of China usually have important people from their history, or people from minority groups on the obverse side of the note. On the reverse side there is usually an image of an iconic geographical site from China.

On the 2 Yuan (RMB) note, this iconic image is of the "Southern Heaven" rock. This demonstrates how important Tianya Haijiao is to the national psyche!

The details of the 2 Yuan (RMB) note, displayed, are as follows:

  • Issued: May 10, 1988
  • Size: 145x63mm
  • Paper: Watermark Print Paper
  • Obverse: Minority people [Yi, Weiwuer (Ozbek)]
  • Reverse: Nanhai (South China Sea) with "Southern Heaven" Rock
  • Colour: Dark Green
  • Technics: Biconcave Print

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# It is a historically significant photo of a famous tourist site in China.

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# Its inclusion in the article adds significantly to the article because the photo and its historical significance are the object of discussion in the article.

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      4 years ago

      This ingtshi's just the way to kick life into this debate.

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      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      This looks like an incredible place to visit. Great photos, this is a unique destination.

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      David Schroeter 

      9 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to Sylviane_Nuccio] Tks Sylviane! I enjoyed your Victor Hugo Lens too!

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful lens and gorgeous pictures.

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      David Schroeter 

      10 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to KimGiancaterino] Hi Kim! I'm sure you would love it in Tianya Haijiao. Thank you for visiting and for adding this lens to "All Things Travel".

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      10 years ago

      What a romantic and beautiful place. I think I'd like it there! Welcome to All Things Travel.

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      David Schroeter 

      10 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      Thank you, Jimmie! You don't see many of these 2 Yuan RMB notes any more. It was printed in 1988, so I guess they are slowly going out of circulation as they become too damaged to use.

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      Jimmie Quick 

      10 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I love the 2 yuan bill. I didn't know what those rocks were! Thanks for the education! Lovely lens!


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