Shuinan Village in Hainan Island – Discovering a Traditional Way of Life

Set amidst scenic coastal landscapes, the enchanting Hainan Island is part of the People’s Republic of China and offers an idyllic getaway by the sea. This island in the South China Sea is a great place to set off on excursions and apart from the picturesque natural scenery, one will also find several sites of interest that provide insight into the region’s rich history, culture and heritage. One such site worth visiting is Shuinan Village which lets you get an idea of traditional village lifestyle.

Situated around 45 kms from Sanya City, Shuinan Village can be found at the Yacheng Town area. The locale is well known for its fertile rice fields, while fishing is also a livelihood practiced here. Bordered by both the sea and hills, this charming village offers a fascinating day of exploration and adventure for nature lovers as well as throe seeking to soak up some local culture.

Shuinan Village is also famous for being the place where Huang Daopo, credited for pioneering weaving technology during the Yuan Dynasty, once stayed and studied. Thus it is no surprise that weaving and spinning technology thrived in the village which became famed for the textiles it produced. When here, make sure to visit one of the shops where you can see the actual clothes making process.

As you explore the area you will come across breathtaking views of the natural scenery that abounds. Home to lush green bamboo filled landscapes, coconut and betel trees and colourful flowers, it offers nature lovers plenty of hours of exploration.

If you want to visit another traditional village on the island then plan a trip to Wenchang’s Gusong Village, while other sites of interest one can head to include South Bay Monkey Island, Sanya Beach and the Nanshan Tourism Area where you will find a Shaolin Buddhist temple.

Travellers heading to the region and looking for a Sanya resort by the sea from which to explore this island can consider Anantara Sanya Resort & Spa. Set against backdrops of both the coast and mountain landscapes, this resort in Sanya also has a spa where you can enjoy a range of holistic healing treatments and therapies.

Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+