(End of the Earth and Corner of the Sea)
Tianya Haijiao, a romantic and beautiful scenic spot, lies to the west of Sanya City, Hainan Province. It receives many visitors from home and abroad every year since its open in 1988. It also attracts thousands of young lovers from every corner of the world to hold their wedding ceremonies here. Chinese Folklores & Festivals Website
Tianya Haijiao means 'the furthermost part of the sky and the sea' in Chinese, suggesting an unattainable place. In the past, Chinese people believed that the sky was square and the earth was round. Therefore there was definitely a furthermost part of the sky and the earth. Hainan Province, the southernmost part of China, was believed to be the location of Tianya Haijiao. Chinese Folklores & Festivals Website
Located at the foot of Xiama Hill in the town of Tianya, 24 km west of Sanya, Tianya Haijiao with its irresistible witchery, in recent years, attracts countless tourists all over the world. Tianyahaijiao which means the end of sky and the corner of the sea, is located at the southwest seaside of Sanya city, Hainan Island. The overall plan of the scenic spot includes a land area of 10. 4square kilometres and a sea area of 6 square kilometre.
There are numerous rocks, with different size and shape, scatter along the silvery beach. Among them, these two, which are respectively engraved with Chinese characters "Tianya Haijiao" (end of the earth and corner of the sea) and "Nantian Yizhu"(the huge rock that emerges from the sea, making a "corner") are most famous.
"Tian Ya", "Hai Jiao"
There is a romantic Romeo and Juliet story about the two stones caved with "Tian Ya", "Hai Jiao". Long ago, two young lovers eloped because their parents disapproved of their marriage.
Unfortunately, when they arrived in Hainan, several men employed by their parents overtook them. Facing the sea, they decided to hold each other and jump into the sea. Suddenly, a thunderstorm came and the lightning hit them. The lovers changed into two stones, with the employed men turned into many smaller stones around.
Hence the two stones were regarded as symbols of eternal and faithful love. Sand on the stones, visitors can appreciate the southern coastal scenery: the blue sea, the azure sky, the white waves and the dots of sails.
Walking on for a further 500 meters (1600 feet), you will see a stone carved with the characters of Tianya and another stone carved with the characters of Haijiao. There is a romantic Romeo and Juliet story about these two stones. In ancient times, two young lovers eloped when their parents disapproved of their marriage. Unfortunately, when they arrived in Hainan, 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 as they jumped into the sea. Suddenly, there was a thunderstorm. They were hit by lightning and changed into two stones, with the agents turned into many smaller stones around. 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.
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.
Tianya Haijiao is a heaven for people who are head over heals in love, and also an ideal place for people who are deeply in love with the sea. You will definitely have fond memories after visiting this scenic spot.
The sunlight rays on the fences here offers green grasses and colourful flowers that make you feel like you're standing in country fields. The Tianya sunrise and the Haijiao sunset make you feel like you're standing in a fantasy world of the sun coming up at dawn or going down the rocks at dusk.
Near the beach, there is also Pearl Farm where you can purchase Hainan's famous seawater pearls
How to get there:
You can take the bus to Nanshan or Tianya from the West Station of Sanya City, the ticket price is CNY4.
Roaming in Tianyahaijiao, you can see the dreamlike coastal scenery in the fantastic southern atmosphere and you will be lost in wild and fanciful thoughts: Is there a sea beyond the sea and a sky beyond the sky?