Nanwan Monkey Island is located in Lingshui county on the south coast of Hainan island, the southernmost province of China. The island is a state-protected nature reserve for macaque monkeys.
Since the nature reserve was established in 1965, the island has become a popular tourist destination. It is now home to approximately 2,000 monkeys. The island, totalling 1,000 hectares, is China's largest area for raising and training monkeys. Monkey Island has the longest over-water cable car in China, spanning 2,138 metres (7,014 ft).
Feautures of Nanwan Monkey Island
Riding the longest oversea ropeway, which is 2138 meters (7014 feet) long at the speed of 6 meters per second, you will be delighted to find that you have a wonderful view of the ocean, the neatly placed fishing rafts by the bank and the thick chains of mountains on the island with the birds gently singing and the monkeys' shouts reverberating around your ears. Soon the mythical monkey island unfolds his arms in front of you.
Passing through a vegetation corridor, you will be amazed to find seven or eight macaques standing in a line along the path holding triangular flags or saluting to welcome their honored guests. Some naughty ones are wandering with their flags in their hands, and even some are imitating their visitors' odd ways of walking. How funny they are! Walking and laughing, you will see young monkeys chase and fight with each other, and a stout one jump into a pond from quite a tall tree with an excellent 360-degree turn in the air.
What perfect spray he has made that only a master sportsman could make! Not only is their jumping skill masterful, but also their swimming technique is quite superb. In the pond, some of them dive, some swim freestyle, and even some do the breaststroke. While watching, you will be amused and amazed, and you won't be able to help yourself applauding and clapping for them. In addition, you will enjoy yourself with the displays given by the monkeys in the circus performances. If you wish, you can take photos with these cute monkeys and play with them. However, one must remember not to wear red clothes in order to avoid the naughty monkeys who might be annoyed with you, and be careful when feeding them.
History of Nanwan Monkey Island
Built in 1965, the nature reserve has more than 2000 monkeys now. Because of the wild environment, the variety of plants and fruits, and numerous grottos, the island is regarded as the perfect paradise for monkeys. Also because of the good management, the island is very neat and clean. Guides all wear uniforms, and are always courteous. They offer the most circumspect, original, novel zoology free service and will guide you to play with the monkeys to experience the harmony between human beings and nature. It is certainly somewhere that could drive all your pressures and burdens away.
After admiring the wonderful vistas of the monkey island, you can reward yourself with a special seafood meal on the fishing rafts that is known as 'the street on the sea'. Not only the delicious food but also the excellent service given by the local Hainan fishermen will leave you with an unforgettable impression. Put the monkey island on your itinerary, and you will be rewarded with a lot of fun and pleasure. More than 2000 monkeys are waiting to welcome you at any time.