Chengmai County is located in the northwest of Hainan Island, adjacent to Haikou, the provincial capital. It has been over 2000 years since it was established as county in the Western Han Dynasty (110 BC). Chengmai was one of the three historic cities of Hainan in the Western Han Dynasty. It has attracted much attention with its ecological environment, natural landscape, warm climate, selenium-rich food, historical and cultural landscape, ancient volcanic rock villages, rapid social and economic development.
Chengmai has long enjoyed the reputation of beautiful scenery and longevity. It is Hainan’s first and China’s tenth “Home of Longevity in China” and the first “World’s Longevity County” certified by the United Nations. Reputed as world’s selenium-rich land, the soil in Chengmai is rich in calcium, magnesium, selenium and other beneficial elements. Chengmai is also a famous green county in China, with 53% of the land (16.7 hectares) covered by forest.
Chengmai is not only rich in historical sites, such as the Meilang Twin Towers, Yongqing Temple, Jinshan Temple, Xinwulao Road, Dacheng Temple, Guangde Bridge, Luoyi Village and Fengpingjun Pavilion, but also in beautiful scenery, e.g., Jialongping Tropical Monsoon Rainforest Eco-tourism Area, Guilin Eco-tourism Resort, and modern leisure facilities, such as Jinjiang entertainment capital, Fushan coffee culture-style town, Taiwan-style town, European culture-style town, Mediterranean-style town, and Jiulegong Hot Spring Resort.
Jinshan Temple, surrounded by mountains and lakes, is located in Jinjiang Town, Chengmai County. As one of the largest Buddhist temples in Hainan, it was built in the Hongwu Period of the Ming Dynasty. It was destroyed in the war before liberation and was rebuilt in 1993. Jinshan temple is an archaistic building, built on the mountainside, with a magnificent scale. It consists of the Bell Tower, Linggui Turtle Pond, Gulou Tower, Gongde Monument, Tianwang Palace, the Great Buddha’s Hall, Calligraphy and Painting Gallery, and various Buddha statues. There are 42 gold Buddha statues exquisitely carved in the temple, feasting visitors’ eyes.
Yongqing temple, situated in Yingbin Peninsula tourist area of Chengmai County, was founded in the Northern Song Dynasty. It was a famous Buddhist temple in Hainan’s history and has been continuously expanded by past dynasties. The temple has more than 10 rooms, a gate, and three halls, each placing statues of Buddha, Avalokitesvara and other Bodhisattvas. It is a sacred place to local people. So believers often come here to pray. Yongqing Temple was one of the most famous scenic spots in Chengmai in ancient times.
Yingbin Peninsula Resort is adjacent to the provincial capital Haikou. It is the stretch of “17 kilometers of gold coastline”, the west coast of Haikou. Yingbin Peninsula is reputed as the Parlor of Chengmai, the Garden of Haikou, and Haikou’s Yalong Bay. With regional advantages and abundant tourism resources, the government has been constructing Yingbin Penisula Resort into an international tourist resort since 2011. The resort features vacation, health maintenance, and regional culture, and integrates coastal tourism, recreation and body building. Corresponding tourist facilities in the resort will be improved according to the requirements of the national 4A scenic spots.
Meilang Twin Towers, also known as the Twin Towers, are located in the southeast of Meilang Village, Chengmai County. The Twin Towers are built in Yuan Dynasty with basalt from the volcanic area of northern Hainan. Their construction technology was unique as the architect adopted mortise-tenon joints and all the slates used to build the towers were simply piled up on one another. According to an ancient book, Chen Daoxu, a resident in Yuan Dynasty, had two daughters. The elder one was married while the younger became a nun. In memory of his two daughters, he built Meilang Twin Towers. The towers have exquisite appearance with a dozen of vividly carved stone statues, which reflect people’s living conditions in the early Yuan Dynasty. Meilang Twin Towers are no doubt an art treasure in Hainan. As two of the few existing stone towers in Hainan, Meilang Twin Towers were listed as the fourth batch of national key cultural relics by the State Council in 1996.
The coffee beans in Fushan are of high quality. Authentic Fushan black coffee is baked without sugar and spices. Therefore, it brims with a rich aroma. It not only has the unique flavor of local coffee, but also has the quality of Sumatra’s Gold Mandheling. In addition to Xinglong Coffee in Wanning, there are also Houchen Coffee and Fushan Coffee in Hainan. To this end, Fushan Coffee Culture Museum was specially built in Fushan to promote the rich coffee culture.