Established in 1984, Sanya Tianya-Haijiao Scenic Area is famous for its beautiful and charming tropical natural seaside scenery, unique historical culture, and its rich colorful ethnic customs.
Tianya Haijiao is a Chinese idiom that was first used to express feeling homesick. Over the years Tianya Haijiao became enriched with more cultural essence, which further enriched this idiom Tianya Haijiao.
How did Tianya Haijiao get its name? During the Qing Dynasty, Cheng Zhe, the administrator of Yazhou County, Hainan Province engraved the Chinese characters Tianya on a rock near the seaside. Later, Wang Yi, a famous general who made huge contribution during the anti-Japanese War, wrote down the Chinese characters Haijiao next to the rock that had the Tianya inscription.
In the 1980s, the song named “Please Come to Tianya Haijiao” (《请到天涯海角来》) became popular all over China. Thanks to the popular song, Tianya Haijiao became a symbol of Hainan and an icon in its tourism industry.
Since the official opening in 1984, Tianya Haijiao Scenic Area has attracted visitors from home and abroad. In 2017, up to 5 million visitors were recorded in Tianya Haijiao.
Apart from being a well-known scenic spot, Tianya Haijiao is also regarded as the host site of many big events. Every December, Tianya Haijiao organizes the Sanya Tianya Haijiao International Wedding Festival, where thousands of lovers start a new chapter of their lives.
As an internationally recognized tourist site, Tianya Haijiao has contributed to the protection and development of the Li & Miao ethnic intangible cultural heritage. Visitors have the opportunity to experience the Li & Miao culture by watching live performances and visiting the Tianya Intangible Cultural Heritage Corridor.
In Tianya Haijiao, visitors can start their journey by attending maritime tourism projects, or visiting Historic Celebrities Statue Garden, watching live performances or simply by enjoying the grand picture painted by nature of the blue sky blending with the ocean and the tropical coconut trees swaying in the wind.
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