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Tianya Haijiao

Tianya Haijiao is peppered with rounded water-worn boulders. Two large boulders, about 66 feet-high and over 198 feet-long, have the characters tianya-haijiao, literally 'edge of the sky, rim of the sea', carved into them. This site is of special significance to Chinese tourists because this was once considered the end of the known world. To Chinese lovers tianya-haijiao witnesses the strongest love. Thus here is a romantic and beautiful scenic spot. It attracts thousands of young lovers from every corner of the world to hold their wedding ceremonies here. Tianya Haijiao lies to the west of Sanya City, Hainan Province. It receives many visitors from home and abroad every year since its open in 1988. Beach of Tianya Haijiao

Tianya Haijiao

The Tianya Haijiao Scenic Spot sits on Maling Mountain facing the sea. Walking along the seashore, you will see a stone carved with four characters Nan Tian Yi Zhu, which means 'a pillar standing in the southern part of the sky' in Chinese. The story goes that when the local fishermen's daily life was affected by terrible storms, and they could hardly catch the fish, two kind-hearted fairy maidens transformed themselves into two large stones and stood on the beach to shelter the fishermen. From that time fishermen were safe from storms whenever they went to sea. But the maiden's master, the Mother Goddess of Heaven, was so furious that she dispatched the Thunder God to drag them back to Heaven. The two maidens refused, so the Thunder God broke them in two. One of them was thrown into the sea and the other one was left here. Near the remaining one lies another stone carved with the Chinese characters Hai Pan Nan Tian, which means 'the sea and the sky joined together'. It is the oldest stone inscription found here.

Walking on for a further 500 meters (1600 feet), you will come to the two boulders, one carved with the characters of Tianya and the other carved with the characters of Haijiao. There is a romantic love story about Tianya Haijiao. In ancient times, two young lovers eloped when their parents disapproved of their marriage. Unfortunately, when they arrived in Hainan, the agents, sent by their parents, were also there. Facing the sea, they had no escape. They were so sad that they just held each other and jumped into the sea. Suddenly, there was a thunderstorm. They were hit by lightning and changed into two stones, the agents turned into many smaller stones around.

Besides the three stones, modern facilities can be found such as a Shopping Center, the Li Ethnic Group Village and a Celebrity Sculpture. An international wedding festival is celebrated in Tianya Haijiao every year. Around the Mid Autumn Day, there is a Lantern Festival, which adds to the special atmosphere.

 

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Now people regard these two stones as symbols of eternal and faithful love. Because of this beautiful and romantic story many young lovers choose this place for their wedding ceremony. Tianya Haijiao is a heaven for people who are fell in love, and also an ideal place for people who are deeply in love with the sea.

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