The entrance grabs your attention and prepares you for something grand.
Starting with the first path to the right, deciding to do the farther away items before the 3 headed Buddha. First up, a small pond with characteristic Chinese bridge
Traditional Chinese bridge in tranquil gardens
This weird looking sculptured water jug seems to be carved into the rock.
Small temple whets your appetite for exploring the nature park. Interestingly despite looking like other Asian temples each nation has its own style. The colors are characteristic red with a light blue and tend to have more gold in the designs than those in Korea or Japan.
Across the pond, another temple awaits
This temple looks uninteresting from this angle but from the front it is quite spectacular.
Red characters carved into rocks are common practice in Sanya with them popping up in many places. This one is the start of the path up the mountain.
This path climbs the mountain, according to the sign post, every year old aged people follow this climb in an attempt to beat old age.
This temple is beautiful inside and out, it sports european style decorations and architectures on the outside and yet it is typically Buddhist on the inside.
The Three Headed Buddha is a proud monument and watches over the Community.
The Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya (Chinese: 南山海上观音圣像) is a 108-metre (354 ft) statue of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara (better known as Guanyin in East Asia), sited on the south coast of China's island province Hainan near the Nanshan Temple of Sanya. The statue has three aspects; one side faces inland and the other two face the South China Sea, to represent blessing and protection by Guanyin of China and the whole world. One aspect depicts Guanyin 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. This is currently the fourth tallest statue in the world (many of which are Buddhist statues) and the tallest statue of Guanyin in the world [From Wikipedia]
In between the various tourist spots there are nice landscapes and cool walks under the shade of the trees.
By now I had already walked a considerable distance and the sound of the ocean was more appealing by the minute. Deciding I wanted a photo of the Statue from water level I plunged into the sea with my camera and dressed as is. It was wonderful, warm and refreshing.
After the visit to the 南山海上观音圣像 Guanyin statue I noticed a multistorey pagoda in the distance, the road was a pleasant walk and took me to a nice beach area which has a great little temple nearby, however the multi storey pagoda was derelict and not worth the effort.
Outside the temple, incense stands fill the air with the characteristic smell of the temple.