Hainan Sanya Tianya Haijiao (Tian Ya Hai Jiao), China

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Tianya Haijiao

Tianya Haijiao (or Tian Ya Hai Jiao, the Edge of Sky and the Rim of Sea) lies below the Xiamaling Hill, about 24 kilometers west of Sanya City in Hainan Island.

In the ancient times, Hainan Island was a place where those exiles lived because there was no means of transportation and few inhabitants in the island.

Tianya Haijiao is a vast beach facing the South China Sea. On the beach, erect numerous huge rocks. Sitting on one of the rocks, you will see a boundless sea meeting the blue sky in the faraway horizontal. It seems that you are at the ends of the earth.

Especially, when those exiles in the ancient times came here, they would find no way out but face the sea and give a sigh. The description of the scholars and poets in the ancient history recorded many tragedy ends here.

Odd rocks are erecting under the azure sky and coconut trees are dancing in the wind near the blue sea. The scenery is really picturesque and enchanting. On the beach is a giant rock, on which carved with two Chinese characters "Tianya" (the Edge of Sky). Beside it is a reposing rock, on which was carved with "Haijiao" (the Rim of Sea).

On the left of the two rocks is a rock in cone shape. The word on it reads "Column of Southern Sky", which indicates that here is the southern end of the motherland. Allegedly, Chenzhe, the prefecture in Ch'ing Dynasty, wrote "the Edge of Sky", and an unknown scholar from the same dynasty wrote "the Rim of Sea" and "Column of Southern Sky". The handwriting is forceful and strong.

When the tide is rising, the waves will hit "Column of Southern Sky" and give a peal of thunder. Looking into the distance, you will see roaring waves and splashing sprays, which makes you experience the feeling described in the line, "My heart is chasing after the waves, higher and higher".

Tianya Haijiao has been laid out as a scenic spot by the local government. Recently a natural beach, a seashore roadway, and a seaside pavilion have been set up for the tourists. There are Hot Springs, Little Cave, as well as Cave of Dropping Pen of the Ya County.

You can fully enjoy the pleasure of seeing sight and having a rest in these scenic spots. If you want to spend your holiday in a place where there are vast sea and blue sky, you are bound to come here. You can forget your trouble in this peaceful land and fully relax yourself.