Nan Ao Island

Nan Ao (also named Nan'ao, Nanao, or 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. The climate is warm in the winter, and yet cool in the summer, thanks to a strong breeze that blows in from the sea. The average annual temperature is 21.5°C (70.7°F).

Qing Ao Bay is one of the most renowned beaches in Guangdong Province. It stretches for more than 2,400 meters (7900 feet), and is covered with very soft and fine sand. The surrounding waters are jade blue, and remain untainted by pollution. Running from north to south is an area of shelterbelt, which combines with these other features to create a spectacular view.

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.

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.

The island's religious temples are also popular with visitors. There are more than 30 large temples in total. Among these is the Dieshiyan Old Temple, considered one of the most important of its kind in Southeast Asia. The features of another nearby temple, the Guandi Temple, match the architectural style of the ancient palace. It was built on a similarly large scale, and is also renowned throughout the southeastern coastal region.

The island has more than 50 areas containing cultural relics and places of historical interest, such as the General Mansion of Army and the Changshanwei Emplacement, both of which have been recently restored to their former glories. The County Museum of Cultural Relics and Historic Sites is also conveniently situated near to these sites.

For those visitors with an interest in some of the more recent developments on the island, it also boasts the biggest wind power generation station in Asia.

Travel Tips:

The best times to visit are in the months of April, May, September and October. Guest houses and hotels are modestly-priced, with the service offered comparatively well. Most hotels are able to offer rooms with views of the sea and surrounding coastline.

Try sampling the local flavor dishes such as the beef bolus, the lobster with lettuce, the fresh cockle, the Oyster Omelet and a variety of other seafood dishes.

The transportation methods on the island are by ferry, passenger ship and coach. The bus runs three times a day from Shantou General Coach Station. The departure times are: 8:20, 12:00 and 14:00.

Admission Fee: Qing Ao Bay Free
General Mansion of Army CNY 13
Bullion Island CNY 6
Song Well CNY 16
Combo ticket for the General Mansion of Army + Bullion Island + Song Well CNY 28

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- Last updated on Mar. 17, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Nan Ao Island
Asked by Peter from NEW ZEALAND | May. 11, 2019 07:19Reply
Is there a bus from Nan'ao to either Chaoshan railway station or Shantou railway station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jennifer from NETHERLANDS | May. 13, 2019 00:20

Yes, you can take Bus Line 161K to Shantou Railway Station and it takes about 1 hour.
Asked by Luke from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 14, 2019 03:19Reply
I will be traveling from Guangzhou, and my friend from Ningbo.
What is the closest high speed train station to the island where we can meet and get transport to Nanao Island?
Answers (1)
Answered by Katherine from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 14, 2019 19:57

It is Shantou Railway Station.
From Ningbo, take bullet train to Chaoshan Railway Station first. Then transfer to the bullet train to Shantou Railway Station.
Asked by pat from THAILAND | Jan. 25, 2019 22:24Reply
how to get there from Chenghai bus station?
and is it possible to take a day trip to Nan Ao from Chenghai bus station?
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Answered by Nolan from CAMEROON | Jan. 29, 2019 22:17

You can take bus no.203K to the island directly. In addition, you can tour around this scenic area in one day.
Asked by Sam from SINGAPORE | Nov. 29, 2018 17:40Reply
Shantou to Nao'Ao island. I will be staying near huaqiaoxincun pedestrian street.
How do I go Nao'Ao island from there ?
Bus / coach operating time ?
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Answered by Yin from UAE | Nov. 29, 2018 22:25

First, walk about 300 meters to Sports School bus stop to take the bus No.12 and get off at Lantian Garden bus stop. The bus is available before 19:30.

Then walk about 250 – 300 meters to West Regency Hotel bus stop where you can take the bus No.105 and get off at Gongqiandayuan. The bus is available before 18:30.

Then you need to transfer to the bus No.601/ 602 to Qin’ao Bay. The whole ride needs about 4 hours. And the ticket fare is about CNY15 per person. The last bus No.601 / 602 is at 18:30.
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