Nan Ao Island is located between the coastlines of Fujian, Guangdong and Taiwan Provinces. The area is composed of the main island and then another 22 smaller surrounding islands, all covering an area of approximately 130 square kilometers (32,000 acres). Nan Ao Island has much to offer tourists: blue skies, white waves, sandy beaches, beautiful mountain scenery, historic temples and parks rich in wildlife.
Huanghua Mountain is comprised of all the mountains in the west of Nan Ao Island. Without too many disturbances from the outside world, the ecological environment there is quite good for the growth of plants and animals. Now, it is a National Forest Park home to thousands of tropical and subtropical plants as well as approximately forty kinds of national protected wild animals. The rugged strange stones lying here and there in the forest add more primitive interest to the wonder of the park while the cliff carvings showing the art of Chinese calligraphy endow the park with more cultural flavor.
Another of Nan Ao Islands’ most famous sites are the Song Wells. There are three Song Wells in total; the Dragon Well, the Tiger Well and the Horse Well. Historically, these were used to provide emperors, ministers, soldiers and their horses with drinking water. However, today the wells have begun to sink into the sand on the seashore, although the water from the wells still remains fresh. It is really amazing.
Nan Ao Island’s mountains are commonly praised as ‘pearls above the sea’. The mountain area contains many kinds of botanical plants, which can be found at the National Forest Park of Huanghua Mountain. In the park, visitors are surrounded by the most stunning natural scenery: beautiful flowers, singing birds and awe-inspiring views. So it got another name of ‘Natural Arboretum at Sea in Southern China’. The nearby Bullion Island is also worth a visit, with highlights including a winding, nine-bend bridge and a historical stone-carved statue which is said to guard the bullion and treasure on the island.