Day 1: Haikou ( Meals: B/L/- )
Wugong Temple / Tomb of Hairui / Qiongtai Academy
Depart from your hotel to visit the Wugong Temple, which is an attractive and intriguing Ming dynasty construction dedicated to five officials who were banished to Hainan during the Tang dynasty for criticism of the government in their work. Through different dynasties period, restoration and extension works were carried out to this temple complex with the inclusion of gardens, ponds and pavilions to beautify the complex compound.
Then visit the Tomb of Hairui. This tomb rests at Binya Village, Xiuying District, Haikou. Born in Qiongshan, Hairui (1514 - 1587) was an upright minister during the mid-Ming Dynasty. He was famous for his righteousness and royalty. Later he was being persecuted and was out of the emperor's favor and was exiled to Hainan Island. After his death, those people who admire his good works build a tomb for him. The tomb was built in 1589, the 17th year of Emperor Wanli's reign during the Ming Dynasty. In front of the main gate of the cemetery stands a high memorial archway on which four big red characters, "Righteousness in Eastern Guangdong (Yuedong Zhengqi)", were horizontally cut in intaglio. The 100-plus-meter-long passage to the grave is exclusively paved with white marble. And the exhibition room helps deepen the tourists' understanding of this outstanding official in Chinese history. During the Cultural Revolution, the tomb was nearly torn down but now has been tastefully restored to its former glory.
After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Qiongtai Academy. Located on Wenzhuang Road in Qiongshan City, the Qiongtai Academy was established in commemoration of Qiu Jin, believed to be the most brilliant scholar in Hainan and a renowned Ming Dynasty academic. Construction began in the 40th year of the reign of Kangxi in Qing Dynasty (1705). The two-stores main building is made of brick and wood and is rich in traditional ethnic characteristics. The well-preserved academy is now the site of Qiongtai Teachers' Training School. The lavishly inscribed pillars inside the academy, together with its green surroundings, transform the area a peaceful and secluded spot. Be transferred back to your hotel.
This trip price includes:
-All meals as specified in the itinerary.
-Transfers among sightseeing scenic spots & hotels as specified in the itinerary by private car or coach with driver & English speaking guide.
-Entrance fees for sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with English speaking guide
-Arrangements for the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.
The trip price does not include:
-Hotels accommodations and breakfast.
-Any meals which are not included in the " The trip price includes".
-Domestic flights, trains or buses, international air and train tickets for coming & leaving mainland China.
-Travel insurance in mainland China during the above travel period.
-Excess Baggage Charges.
-Personal expenses: The items of a purely personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips to guides or drivers, FAX, telephone, excess baggage charges, or sightseeing or meals which are not included in the day to day itinerary.
-Insurance coverage of personal loss, illness or damages incurred during your trip.
-Gratuities, tips to guides and drivers.
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