Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park

Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park

Nanshan Buddhism Cultural Park
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Waigouren8
Sanya, China71 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Ne there just to make my Chinese wife happy. All Chinese maybe believe this but for foreigner it looks like just as a bad copy from a real Thai temple. Everywhere souvenirs shops and no real Buddhism spirit.Gobtobthe Statue, you need Tobias extra,Ministerin cost extra,round tour cost extra and all small temple expect also money to trow in..not real nice to see 1 fake monk between all this souvenirs shops and eating shops..ice cream availing everywhere and small water bottle cost a fortune..not recommended
Tip: bring your own water and some sandwiches ..
Written February 14, 2020
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Brian M
Settle, UK21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
They only want your money, religion is just a cover up for taking your money. You pay to get in and you keep paying if you want to see what you came for. Ring the gong, pay..., visit the statue, pay...burn incense....pay, and so it goes on, I'm surprised there was not exit fee.
Written January 29, 2015
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ProfessorMUSTAFA
Los Angeles, CA1,994 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
Very big " Cultural " rip off , They try to get your money for telling you stories about your future ! ! . AVOID THE VISIT . NOT WORTH the money spent .
Written January 10, 2015
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cgstrange
Sanya, China18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
Went to this park as a part of a cultural exchange. It was interesting...but seems like it was built for money more than anything else. There are a LOT of Buddhist things, small prayer buildings, spinning wheels, etc...but for the most part, you pay to do everything...including 150rmb just to get in. The giant Guanyin is very pretty and neat to see...but even that you have to pay extra to get inside. It's really an amazing religious money maker...to me at least. The worst part was the captured, and endangered sea turtles that you can purchase for release in return for an extra "blessing" from Guanyin...wow!

However, despite the exploitation, the park is atualy VERY well taken care of compare to most things in China. And, the Guanyin statue is beautiful.

That's why I give it the "mama huhu" or "so, so" rating. I'm glad I went at least once. If you're in Sanya, it's worth it to go. But, would I go again? I don't think so.

Here are a few tips.

1) Be prepared for the conditions. If you don't buy the extra tickets for the carts to tow you around, you'll walk a lot and it's up and down. If it's hot outside, you can count on the humidity being high...you're going to sweat...a LOT. Start early or go late...avoid the heat. Wear shoes that can walk for a long ways and not be uncomfortable.

2) Try to arrange a deal with a driver to take you to/from the Nanshan area. There are for hire cars all over our there, but they'll exploit you worse than the gate. It's way better to arrange a car to take you, wait, and then bring you back. Sometimes even regular taxi's will do this for a little fee. Whatever it is, it's worth it over having to negotiate when you're pretty much stuck 40 minutes outside of town.

3) Try to avoid having to eat there or even just outside the park. Everyone knows there is very little out there. We opted to eat outside the park and paid close to 4X's what we would've in town for a meal that wasn't nearly as good.

4) Be patient, wear a smile, take a camera. The majority of the Chinese folks that are there are tourist along with all the foreigners. This is most likely 80% of everyone in the parks' first time visit too. Wander around, take a lot of pictures...you'll likely only go once.
Written November 14, 2014
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CRP1984
Watford, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
We visited this attraction because we had seen the huge Guanyin statue as we were flying into Sanya.

When we arrived it turned out there was much more to do at this beautiful park.
You can take a electric train around the park which takes about 30 mins start to finish however there are many stops along the way. The two main attractions were the Guanyin statue and the Nanshan temple which are a must see.

There are lots of places to get refreshments and souvenirs but the food is very overpriced!
Written October 7, 2014
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Rob R
Tredegar, UK2,467 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Compared to other religious sites I have visited I thought the God they were worshiping here was money. However like a lot of things I have experienced while staying here the Chinese certainly do things a bit differently. Part religious shrine part theme park it was certainly an interesting visit, things are certainly done on a rather large scale.
We paid for an English speaking guide who we met at our hotel and this greatly enhanced our a visit but it will not detract from your visit if you go by yourself although very limited English is spoken there. Very busy but still a very peaceful tranquil place and obviously the Guanyin statue is the highlight, however the park does offer a lot more besides and there is some fabulous architecture to enjoy. Putting aside my pre conceptions I had this definitely a must see when staying in Sanya and its surroundings.
Where comfortable shoes and bring plenty of sun cream as it is very hot. The restaurants are vegetarian but very delicious and very reasonably priced.
Written November 9, 2019
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Thuraya Taleb
Dubai, United Arab Emirates40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
this place was so magical and breathtaking. the water around the area is SO clean that you can find your soul there!!
also, it's a pretty beautiful location with the temple right in the middle of the ocean .. LOVE IT
Written January 21, 2019
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,411 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
This is one of the main attractions of a visit to Sanya. I took the #55 bus in both directions from Dadonghai to get here at a price of 13 CNY each way. Took more than an hour though, but a comfortable aircon bus ride. Entrance fee was an outrageous 121 CNY (it's even higher in peak season). This is expensive for what you get, but there's no real choice - you either want to see it or you don't. The main attraction to see is the giant Buddha in the sea. In the off season the crowds aren't too bad and it doesn't take long to see the main sights. The rest of the temples aren't that spectacular - but you may as well take a look whilst there.
Written September 19, 2018
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culfan2016
Sydney, Australia29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Business
A lot of things to see inside the Cultural Park including the Nanshan Temple who wish to explore the Buddhism in deep. Fair walking distance to the Buddha feet lookout but they have cart service with extra cost.
Written August 27, 2018
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tingting_16
Toronto, Canada4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Family
We went to see the Nanshan Buddha with the tour. The tour guide took us there at 6AM in the morning in order to avoid the rush. That was probably the best planning he did on this whole trip because it takes almost an hour to walk leisurely from the entrance to the actual Buddha that is built at the edge of the water.

We were the first to get there and the first to go inside the Buddha. Yes, the admission fee is pricy, but it is a once in a life time place and for people who believe in Buddhism, it is probably well worth the money and peace of mind.

The view from the top is beautiful as well.

If you ever go to Sanya, I would highly recommend this as a must-see.
Written July 22, 2014
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