Haikou has many temples. The most famous is Five Officials Temple (五公祠 Wǔ gōng cí). This is a fairly well known place on the tourist route, ticket price 20 RMB.
There are many small interesting temples that are generally not visited by tourists and do not have an entrance fee. These are real temples that are still part of the local communities. Wander off the main roads into the small hutong back alleys and your bound to find a few. If you do not like tourist places these temples may be more interesting than Five Officials Temple.
Lake Temple 湖中寺 Hú zhōng sì
A real temple still used by Buddhists. Normally most lively in the morning, expect lots of incense, chanting, and music.
Near Xiuying port on Haigang Road (海港路 Hǎigǎng lù) behind the Kaiwei Hotel (凯威大酒店 Kǎi wēi dà jiǔdiàn).
Buddha's Birthday ceremonies will be on June 19.
Buses: 28, 7, 6, 39, 35.
Lake Temple Photos:
Qiongtai Fudi (琼台福地 Qióng tái fúdì)Temple on Wenzhuang Road (文庄路 Wén zhuāng lù):
Well looked after, medium sized temple built to protect the local area. Lots of detailed stone carvings.
Qiongtai College (琼台书院 Qióng tái shūyuàn)
This is not actually a temple but an ancient college. Qiongtai College is credited with bringing modern academic study to Hainan from elsewhere in China. The interior has been restored and in some ways looks similar to a temple. Part of the college space is used as an art gallery for locally inspired art (Aug 2010). There are small good painting and photos on display.
Entrance fee: 5 RMB
Baishamen Tianhou Temple 白沙门天后宫 Báishā mén tiān hòugōng
This small temple is situated in Baishamen Village on Haidian Island in the north of Haikou City.
The temple is dedicated to Mazu. Mazu (妈祖, māzǔ) is a sea goddess from the first century AD and is worshipped by Chinese fisherman in the south-east of China.
The temple was first built in the Song Dynasty by a merchant from Fujian Province. It has since been rebuilt 4 times.
Tianning Temple 天宁寺 Tiān níng sì
Small, one room temple near Five Officials Temple.
Address: 海口市琼山区红城湖路, Hǎikǒu shì, qióngshān qū, hóngchéng hú lù
Photos of Five Officials Temple (五公祠 Wǔ gōng cí)
Renxin Temple on Haidian Island, 仁心寺, Rén xīn sì.
Not sure which temple these photos are from:
Shengmu Temple 圣母庙 Shèngmǔ miào
Guansheng Temple 关圣庙 Guān shèngmiào
Taihua Nunnery 泰华寺 Tài huá sì (aka: 泰华庵 Tài huá Ān)
Located in Lingshan.
永庆寺 Yǒng qìng sì
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