Friday, February 26, 2010

Onward to Wenchang City later today

Mazu Temple at Haikou, Hainan

Now in Haikou, Hainan Province.  I dropped by the 800 year old Mazu Temple in the historic Deshengsha area (buildings of mix Western and Chinese architecture built by returning Overseas Hainanese in the late 19th and early 20th centuries) of downtown Haikou.  Built in the Yuan Dynasty and officially listed as a Grade 2 Provincial level heritage site, the temple now comes threat from developers and unsympathetic officials. 

Despite its official protected status, the City authorities have sold the main hall of the temple to a warehouse operators.  The temple continues to operate from a side hall next to the locked up old building.  We have all read about the rapid economic transformation and resulting land grab and wholesale destruction of historical sites.  Let's hope for the best for this ancient temple.

Deshengsha, Old Haikou

An historic district built by returned Overseas Chinese in late 19th and early 20th Century, with buildings containing a mix of Chinese and Western architectural features.  They remind me of Penang and parts of Xiamen.

Random Haikou

Forbiden City Treasures at the Hainan Provincial Museum

Glimpses of Hainanese History at the Provincial Museum

The prehistoric man, Han conquest and immigration beginning with the Fupo Generals, Hainan as a place of exile and the effect on education, Su Dongpo on Hainan, Lady Feng the legendary female tribal general, overseas emigration, Old Haikou, the Communist Red Ladies Regiment, Japanese occupation and the Communist Revolution on Hainan; plus exhibits on the ethnic minorities such as the Li, Miao and Hui.

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