Tianya Haijiao (literally "Edges of the heaven, corners of the sea") is a popular resort in the southern part of Hainan province, People's Republic of China. It is located 24 km to the west of Sanya's municipal region.
The venue is considered the south-most point of China's land area, therefore many tourists also come for sight-seeing. To the south of the Cape is the South China Seas and some islets are in the sight, providing a marvellous view to visitors when the weather is fine.
In Chinese literature, the cape is mentioned in many famous poems, such as "I will follow you to Tian-Ya-Hai-Jiao", which means the couple will never be separated. Therefore many newlyweds spend part of their honeymoon visiting the place, just like young Indian couples visiting the Taj Mahal Palace in Agra.
Famous Attractions at Tianya Haijjiao
There are numerous rocks with different sizes and shapes, scattering along the silvery beach. Among them, these three huge stones respectively engraved with Chinese characters of "Tian Ya" (the Edge of Sky), "Hai Jiao" (the Rim of Sea), "Nan Tian Yi Zhu" (Column of Southern Sky) and "Hai Pan Nan Tian" become a unique scene in Hainan Island, facing the South China Sea quietly.
The Rocks of Sun and Moon are two boulders near hundreds of other uniquely shaped rocks. Here the "Sun" refers to "husband" and the "Moon" refers to "wife". Looking from the distance, they resemble a couple entwined to each other but they are in fact separate rocks.
Southern Heaven Rock, a boulder near the Rock of Sun and Moon, with a famous poem of Fan Yun-Ti inscribed on its top.
Tian-Ya Cliff, with inscription of Cheng Zhe's writing on its top.
Legend of Tianya Haijiao
There is a romantic Romeo and Juliet story about the two stones caved with "Tian Ya", "Hai Jiao". Long ago, two young lovers eloped because their parents disapproved of their marriage.
Unfortunately, when they arrived in Hainan, several men employed by their parents overtook them. Facing the sea, they decided to hold each other and jump into the sea. Suddenly, a thunderstorm came and the lightning hit them. The lovers changed into two stones, with the employed men turned into many smaller stones around.
Hence the two stones were regarded as symbols of eternal and faithful love. Sand on the stones, visitors can appreciate the southern coastal scenery: the blue sea, the azure sky, the white waves and the dots of sails.
There is also an ancient story about the stone carved with four characters Nan Tian Yi Zhu. It is said that two kind-hearted fairies sacrificed themselves through transforming into two large stones to shelter the fishermen. The Mother Goddess of Heaven ordered Thunder God to drag them back to Heaven. The Thunder God broke them in two when the two fairies disobeyed. One was thrown into the sea and the other was left on the beach and was caved with "Nan Tian Yi Zhu".
Near the remaining one lies another stone carved with the Chinese characters Hai Pan Nan Tian, which means "the sea and the sky joined together". It is the oldest stone inscription to be found here
How to get Tianya Haijiao
You can take the bus to Nanshan or Tianya from the West Station of Sanya City, the ticket price is CNY4.