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Updated on September 16, 2014

Wenchang for Chicken, Confucius, Rocket Launches and the Song Sisters

Situated in North-East Hainan Province, China, Wenchang is 73km South-East of the Capital, Haikou. It is a coastal city, and faces the sea on the East, South and North with a coastline of 270 kilometres and a total land area of 2,403 square kilometres.

Wenchang was promoted from a county to a city on November 7, 1995 and has a population of around 120,000. Most overseas Hainanese migrated from here, and the majority of Singapore's Hainanese population have family roots to Wenchang. Read more about Wenchang in this article from Wikipedia.

Specialty Products: Wenchang Chicken is a famous culinary delight, and originates from this city. Other products include coconut, coconut velvet, coconut Thai handicrafts, lobster, abalone and coffee.

In addition, some of the local attractions include the Confucius Temple and the Song Family home which has been converted into a museum. Also, the Wenchang Rocket Launch Centre is currently under construction nearby.

Lens Updated: June 14th, 2012 @ 6:25 am Beijing time.

Fisherman On Wenchang Pier Tending His Nets

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Image from Flickr by shizhao

Wenchang Basic Data:

  • longitude: 110° 45' E
  • latitude: 19° 37' N
  • altitude: 22 m
  • area: 2403km2
  • postcode: 571300
  • areacode: 0898

Visit the Soong Family Museum in Wenchang - A family portrait of the Soong Sisters from the museum...

Song Ailing, Song Qingling & Song Meiling
Song Ailing, Song Qingling & Song Meiling

Have a look at further images from this important museum in Wenchang. Go to this Flickr Set on the Soong Family Museum.

Wenchang county has over 800 kinds of fish resources. In 1994, aquaculture yielded a total output of 5,720 tons, of which marine aquaculture yielded 1,820 tons and freshwater aquaculture yielded an output of 3,900 tons.

There are two existing saltworks, in the Yantian area, of 7,165 hectares with an annual output of 2,500 tons of salt. Also, there are more than 10 kinds of mineral deposits in Wenchang county, with total reserves of more than 4,000 million tonnes. In addition, there is existing exploitation of iron ore, bauxite, perovskite and, most of all, quartz sand being extracted from Wenchang county.

The city's five major river basins encompass a total area of 2,385 square kilometres, containing 3.9 billion cubic meters of water. An existing tropical rainforest area contains forest reserves of around 240.5 million cubic metres. Mangroves number about 40,000, with 124 varieties in evidence. This is 77% of the country's total mangrove species.

Wenchang Chicken after cooking, before being cut into pieces
Wenchang Chicken after cooking, before being cut into pieces

Wenchang Chicken

One of the 4 famous Hainan food dishes...

Authentic Wenchang Chicken (Wenchang Ji) is raised in Wenchang city. Chickens are kept in cages for about one month, and fed daily on banyan seed, sweet potatoes, coconut shreds, rice or peanut biscuits. On this diet the birds grow plump quickly, but are not fatty. The chicken is boiled and chopped into segments, resulting in meat which is tender with crisp skin and soft bones. Served with a dipping sauce of tea oil, ginger paste, salt, garlic and other spices, it is suitable to consume with a fine white wine and other dishes.

Have a look at all four of the Hainan culinary favourites

Wenchang Chicken on Youtube! - Simple to make... give it a try!

This may not be the authentic recipe (The fowl from Wenchang are specially raised for this dish) but it's very close to the real thing. You don't even have to spend much time carefully cutting the fowl into pieces, as the chef demonstrates. Try this recipe out. It will save you the airfare to Hainan!

The Song (Soong) family exerted an enormous influence on the history of modern China last century. In particular, the three sisters (Song Ailing, Song Meiling and Song Qingling) drew three historical giants into the family through marriage and family. These men were Kong Xiangxi, Chiang Kai Shek and Dr Sun Yat Sen.

Their presence "played the heart strings of millions of people and decided the political clouds of people under winds and storms"... Quotation from inside this museum - drs2biz

This ancestral home has been converted into a museum for the pleasure of people seeking an insight into the history of modern China.

Emily Hahn (1905 - 1997) was educated as a mining engineer. She worked variously for an engineering company in Illinois, as a travel guide in Mexico, for the Red Cross in the Belgian Congo, and as a writer for the "New Yorker".

Emily lived in China from 1935 to the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in 1941. She was introduced to the famous Soong sisters, when she lived in Shanghai, and eventually wrote this famous biography of them.

The Soong Sisters
The Soong Sisters

"These famous sisters were educated at Wesleyan College in the USA, and each of them married important men (Dr Sun Yat-sen, Chiang Kai-shek and finance minister of China, H.H. Kung). By influencing their husbands' opinions, and also by their own actions, they each had a powerful influence on the history of China in the 20th Century. Inspirational reading". drs2biz

 

This temple in Wenchang City is dedicated to Confucius (Kong Zi, K'ung-fu-tzu or Kongfuzi), the ancient sage who still commands respect in China. Students and businessmen, in fact people from all walks of life, come here to offer prayers for inspiration and success.

This temple was constructed in the 11th Century and has been carefully restored and enlarged several times, notably since the end of the Ming Dynasty. The architecture is impressive and there are extensive features to look at. This is one of the best examples of a carefully preserved, ancient building complex in Hainan Province.

Wenchang Launch Centre is Coming Soon!

Because of Wenchang's proximity to the equator (19 degrees North), there can be a greater payload launched by rocket than from any of the other sites on the Chinese mainland. As a result, China's State Council and Central Military Commission finally gave the approval for construction of the Wenchang Satellite Launch Centre. Building has recently commenced and the first launch is expected in 2013. The official reason for building this site is to launch satellites, but there is much speculation that manned space launches (including a moon shot) will be not so far away!

The main launch complex will be built in an 30 square kilometres area in Dongjiao town and Longlou town, about 40 minutes by car from Wenchang. Wenchang local government is also planning to build a space theme park nearby, where tourists will be able to watch launches taking place. The theme park will include an aerospace museum, space flight simulators, and other items of interest.

Lonely Planet China! - Don't forget to pack it before you come!

Lonely Planet China (Country Guide)
Lonely Planet China (Country Guide)

If you are thinking about a China travel package, don't forget to include this iconic travel reference.

 

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Sensational Lense - Great work David

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      trezpazz 

      7 years ago

      Great lenz.

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      David Schroeter 

      8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Thanks for your visit, Margo. I hope you get to Hainan one day for a visit!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 

      8 years ago

      It would be so hard to decide what to do! Thanks for the help!

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      David Schroeter 

      8 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      @anonymous: Try http://www.waikahotel.com/ ... I'm not sure if you can book online from here but at least it will steer you in the right direction!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      i wish to know Wei Jia Hotel in Wenchang , to book the said hotel on line , Thank you soontowchuan (Singapore)

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      David Schroeter 

      9 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to sandyspider] Tks Sandy... glad you enjoyed it!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very nice travel lens. I would love to visit sometime.

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      David Schroeter 

      9 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to KimGiancaterino] Thank you for your kind comments, Kim, and also for adding me to this great group!

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      KimGiancaterino 

      9 years ago

      You create beautiful travel lenses! Welcome to All Things Travel.

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      9 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to Jimmie] Thank you, Jimmie, for your kind comment and for the blessing! You are always welcome here.

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      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Your lens makes me want to visit!

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      9 years ago from St Kilda, Victoria, Australia

      [in reply to daria369] Thank you, Daria. I treat this as high praise from such an experienced lensmaster!

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      9 years ago

      This is a beautiful lens about an amazing place!

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