Nanshan Tourism Zone of Buddhism Culture is a unique Buddhism Culture tourism zone with an area of 50 square kilometers, including a sea area of more than 10 square km. The total cost for the construction of Nanshan Tourism Zone of Buddhism Culture will be 6 billion yuan (about 857 million dollars).
The biggest amazement you will view in the Nanshan Buddhism Culture Park is the 108-meter, three-aspect Bodhisattva Guanyin statue standing on a huge lotus-shaped platform on the sea. It is the tallest statue of Guanyin and the third tallest statue in the world. One side of the statue faces the coast and the other two face the sea. This represents the blessing of Guan Yin extend to the whole world. One aspect depicts Guan Yin cradling a sutra in the left hand and gesturing the Vitarka Mudra with the right, the second with her palms crossed, holding a string of prayer beads, and the third holding a lotus.
Nanshan Moutain and its history
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.
How to get there:
You can go there by Tour Bus in the downtown area. You can go to the Shiwei Bus Stop to wait for the Tour Bus. Or you can take a taxi, the distance is about 40 kilometers.