San Ya


Nanshan Tourism Zone


Nanshan Mountain(South Mountain) is the southernmost mountain in China. It is located 40 miles west of Sanya, the only tropical coastal city in China.


Nanshan Moutain is also named Ao (means huge legendary turtle in Chinese) Mountain in ancient time because of its shape resembles a turtle, which is the totem of longevity in China. Covered by flourish tropical plants, the mountain faces the South China Sea which stretching afar until the sky and the sea merged into a perfectly clean horizon line. Nanshan Bay (also called Small Moon Bay) boasts a ten-mile pristine beach with beautiful sand.


Nanshan has been deemed an auspicious and blessed land in Buddhism. In ancient time, a lot of enlightened monks on their Buddhism missionary made their temporary stops here in there historical Odysseys for promoting Buddhism. According to the record from Buddhism scriptures, Guanyin Buddha made twelve vows to be achieved for the salvation all living beings. To dwell permanently at South Sea is the second one of the twelve vows. Monk Jianzhen, the renowned monk in the Tang Dynasty, had five failed journey with Japan as the destination to preach Buddhism . On his fifth sail to Japan, his boat drifted to Nanshan Mountain on typhoon-troubled waters. While staying in Nanshan for one year and a half, he set up a temple and did missionary work. He finally succeeded in his sixth try and reached Japan. The Japanese monk named Konghai also visited at Nanshan on his way to learn Buddhism in the Tang Dynasty. "A good fortune as boundless as the East Sea and a long life as great as Nanshan Mountain" , the well known Chinese saying, also reveals Nanshan's connection to Chinese traditional culture of auspiciousness and longevity.




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