Excursions in Bo’ao

We strongly recommend the following places to our guests:

  • Bo’ao Buddhist Temple,
  • Baishiling Ridge,
  • Miao Ethnic Village Jianao,
  • Duohe Culture Park,
  • Rafting on the Wanquan River,
  • Site of the Bo’ao Forum for Asia,
  • Guantang Hot Springs,
  • and many more.

     

    Bo’ao’s Buddhist Temple-Monastery

    The temple is not only one of the main Buddhist sights in Hainan but in the whole of China.

    The architecture of the more than twenty buildings on the site reflect a style characteristic of the Ming and Qing dynasties (14th to 19th centuries).

    The architecture of the more than twenty buildings on the site reflect a style characteristic of the Ming and Qing dynasties (14th to 19th centuries). The impressive beauty of the temple complex is manifested in the perfect balance and harmony of two structures: the temple with its elevated roofs and the sharply rising pagoda whose peak contains nine rings symbolising the Buddhist celestial regions. Even the monastery is built in a uniquely elegant and traditional Chinese style. Many visitors can sense the extraordinary energy present within the grounds of the temple. If things in the external, earthly world are bothering you, then a visit to the temple will bring you harmony and tranquility. The sublime lotuses, monastic chants, pleasant scent of incense, gentle ambience of a summer’s day and the Buddhist temple – all of this will envelope you in the magic of Chinese culture.

    The extraordinary splendour and beauty of the temple rather eclipses other interesting buildings in Bo’ao. But the temple is certainly no fossilised relic. The Buddhist temple is developing and expanding, delighting its patrons with its sheer beauty and majesty. Entrance to the temple complex is free of charge.

     

    Baishiling Ridge

    Baishiling Ridge is a picturesque hill 12 kilometres to the south-west of the city of Qionghai. In terms of its height it is not exactly impressive at 328 metres.

    It does, however, resemble a sleeping dragon. Many sightseeing spots in China have their own history and legends attached to them. As such Baishiling Ridge has its own bitter sweet tale about the love between a fairy and a mortal, the beauty and purity of their love, the evil traits of human nature and the eternal reminder in the form of the stone statue of the fairy.

    Fresh air, spectacular views from the top of the hill, scarcely noticeable background music which blends seamlessly into the natural environment, a light breeze which carries away on it all your cares and brings with it harmony and tranquility – all this is just a snippet of what you can expect to find at Baishiling Ridge.

    Amongst the crevices of Baishiling is the Wanquan River which itself is one of Bo’ao’s tourist attractions. In addition, available to visitors are: a golf course, a 780-metre long cable car, the Yi Hot Spring Hotel, a designated section for rock climbing, viewing points, and nooks and crannies ideal for meditation or relaxation.

     

    Miao Ethnic Village «Jianao»

    The culture of Hainan’s original inhabitants is carefully protected. To learn more about local ethnic cultures special tourist parks and attractions are available to visit.

    However, if you would rather not look at museum exhibits but at real, living culture then we would recommend you visit the village of Jianao on the outskirts of Bo’ao. Here you will find actual villagers from the Miao ethnic group. Historically, the Miao are a warrior people who wielded magic. Jianao is a genuinely thriving Miao village and visitors are not required to pay any entrance fee. At Jianao you will have the chance to try the most authentic foods made from freshly picked vegetables and herbs and freshly caught fish, traditional local delicacies, mountain honey, and their own special rice wine. The Miao people have a profound respect for tradition and celebrate their festivals with such fervour on the square devoted to the Wood Spirit. But they also just enjoy taking in the views from Lovers’ Bridge, taking respite from the midday sun in the shade of the bamboo, and sipping traditional tea on the grass. Nevertheless, they are always happy to welcome guests.

    A well-tended mountain road leads guests to the village and along the way you are treated to some superb views. For those who wish to stay in the village for a night or two there are homely cabins and rooms at the inn for rent.

     

    Duohe Culture Park

    Not many people know that the name Duohe is the historical name for the Wanquan River, Hainan’s well-known waterway.

    The park resembles a labyrinth of ancient sand-coloured stones and tropical vegetation. The park is divided into three parts: the first is devoted to the legend surrounding the history of the name of the Wanquan River; in the second are the museums of life and culture of the Hainanese (for example, the Blue Sea Museum); and the third focuses on the spiritual life of the local people and exhibits include temples, historical monuments, and fresh-water springs dating back many hundreds of years.

    Taking a stroll around the park you will learn about another romantic love story from the beginning of the Yuan Dynasty (13th to 14th centuries A.D.). Throw a coin into the fountain for good luck, ring the bell three times for success and prosperity, enjoy the tranquility and sense of harmony.

     

    Rafting on the Wanquan River

    For the adrenalin junkies among you we recommend a visit to a recreational tourist attraction located in the valley between the sheer banks of the Wanquan River.

    At the Wanquan River National Park you will feel like the film character Lara Croft as you make your way along the dirt trails to the top of the waterfall, descend into the gorge, then using a special harness you jump off the six-metre waterfall and land in the boat on the raging torrents below.

    The park opened in May 2016 and has already gained a reputation as offering the best extreme recreational sports in Hainan. You can have a ride in a speedboat dodging obstacles as you go. Alternatively, you can opt for a slower ride along the river on an inflatable raft. You can climb up through the jungle undergrowth to the waterfalls and mountain streams above, descend into the ravine and even jump into the mountain waters from three- and six-metre high waterfalls, or take some superb photos of the landscape from the dams along the river valley set between the breathtaking ridges.

     

    Site of the Bo’ao Forum for Asia

    In spring every year the Bo’ao Forum for Asia takes place in Bo’ao. The Forum is prestigious enough to attract not only leaders of Asian countries but also heads of state and government of Western countries and multinational corporations.

    In order better to facilitate discussion on economic co-operation and partnership in Asia as well as in the wider world, a vast conference centre has been built in the hotel of the Bo’ao Forum for Asia which offers all the modern facilities necessary to receive V.I.P.s and also to accommodate them post-conference.

    Visits for tourists are now organised including entry to the site of the Forum and even the conference hall itself. A professional photographer will take a picture of you standing on the stage as though you yourself were a conference delegate! Apart from this you can play a round of golf, take a dip in the hot springs while looking out to sea, buy some Forum souvenirs and have a stroll around the whole territory of the Forum.

     

    Guantang Hot Springs

    The Guantang Hot Springs are the hottest natural thermal springs on the island of Hainan.

    The temperature of the water varies between about 70 degrees and 90 degrees, so the water is cooled in advance to a more pleasant temperature. The spring water is full of beneficial minerals such as fluorine, silicon, strontium chloride and hydrogen sulphide. The warm waters are said to have a relaxing, rejuvenating and therapeutic effect on your skin and circulation.

    According to traditional Chinese medicine, water from hot springs is able to dispel lethargy, chronic fatigue and make many heart complaints more manageable. In recent years, even experts in modern medicine agree that balneotherapy can have miraculous effects on the skin, the cardio-vascular system, the lungs, the nervous system and on kidney function.

    The Guantang Hot Springs are located among picturesque hills outside the nearby city of Qionghai, so they are easily accessible by taxi or by bus. There is even a water route along the Wanquan River.