Luhuitou (literally'a deer looking back') Peninsula

The statue of Deer Turning Head
The statue of Deer Turning Head
About 5 km (3 miles) south of Sanya City in Hainan Province lies the Luhuitou Hill extending in the shape of an enthralling deer looking back. This hill is very same with the one mentioned in the legend of the Li Minority Group.

Legend of Luhuitou Peninsula

There once lived a diligent and brave hunter in the Wuzhi Mountain area so the legend goes. This young man came across a charming deer one day while out hunting in the mountain. He chased the deer for about nine days and nights, traversing numerous hills and dales. Having reached the Luhuitou cliff edge, there was no way (where) for the deer to escape except into the churning sea below. Just as the hunter was about to shoot the deer with an arrow, it miraculously transformed into a beautiful and enchanting girl. Surprisingly, the deer was originally a fairy girl and was fond of the excellent character of the young man. She took a fancy to the seaside around Sanya and led the man here in the guise of a deer. They fell in love, got married and later settled in a village here. Hence the hill, the peninsula and the village are all named Luhuitou. Sanya City is also referred to as 'Deer City'.

Luhuitou Hill

Luhuitou Hill, at an altitude of about 280 meters (918 feet), is the main peak of Luhuitou Peninsula. It's a pleasant place to appreciate the sunrise and sunset, and overlook the downtown area of Sanya City. At the foot of the hill, you can see various kinds of halobios, including starfish, crabs, sea cucumbers, actiniae and jellyfish. Up along the hill, a kind of red flower called Triangle Plum will come into view. It's the City Flower of Sanya. Halfway up the hill, a tuft of Triangle Plum, descending like a waterfall, is a really amazing sight. Not far from the flower and at the foot of an old tree stands a tablet inscribed with the red Chinese characters 'Hai Shi Shan Meng' (a solemn pledge of love). On the branches of the old tree are hanging many ribbons indicating the permanent love of peoples prayers. Walking along, you will see a pavilion called Shanmeng (unalterable love) Pavilion containing the Shanmeng Tablet, which corresponds to the four characters mentioned before. At the top of the hill, towers a twelve-meter (39 feet) high granite statue. The statue is really unique in its design; consisting of a deer looking back, flanked by the young Li hunter and the beautiful fairy girl, it's a visual reminder of the memorable legend.
Beautiful beach
Beautiful beach
At the beach
At the beach

Luhuitou Park

The area around the statue has been turned into a park, called Luhuitou Park. The park contains the Observation Station for Halley's Comet, the white Tingchao Pavilion (a pavilion for listening to the tide), the romantic Lover Island and Monkey Hill among other attractions.

Luhuitou Peninsula is not only a romantic peninsula, but also a lush, natural environment covered with deciduous trees and plants. It is the ideal place to spend a winter holiday in China.

How to get to Luhuitou Peninsula

1. Take bus 26 to Luhuitou Gongyuan (Luhuitou Peninsula) station.
2. Take bus 54, 55 or tourist bus to Luhuitou Fengjingqu (Luhuitou Peninsula Scenic Area) station.
Ticket Fare CNY 35 for entrance;
CNY 15 for the round-trip tourist bus.
Opening Hours 7:30 - 21:00

 Further Reading:
Top 10 Things to Do in Sanya
- Last updated on Apr. 15, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Luhuitou (literally\a deer looking back\) Peninsula
Asked by Jason from MALAYSIA | Mar. 08, 2018 06:33Reply
Traveling to luhuitou
Is it alright to take the taxi to Luhuitou? I tried Didi,it says CNY 14. Is it around that price from city international shopping center to luhuitou?

Can the taxi drive me up all the way or I have to stop at the cable car station to purchase a ticket for the cable car up the hill?
Answers (1)
Answered by Jude from ITALY | Mar. 08, 2018 20:30

Yes, the price is suitable. It can only take you to the entrance of the park. Then, you can choose to climb or take a tourist car up the hill.
Asked by Caribe May | Feb. 08, 2015 09:44Reply
Public transportation to Luhuitou Park
How can I get to this park from Sanya Bay using the local bus? I'm staying in Sanya right now and the buses that run near my hotel are 21, 24, 25 and 26.
Answers (2)
Answered by Mindy from RUSSIA | Feb. 08, 2015 20:22

Oh, I see. Then walk to the bus stop of bus no. 25 to take that and get off at Luling Lukou stop. Then this park is around 1.8mi away. You can take a taxi to reach exactly.
Answered by Caribe May | Feb. 09, 2015 04:15

Thank you Mindy.
Asked by Ms.Woo from MALAYSIA | Jan. 21, 2010 19:06Reply
I would like to know the operating hours of Luhuitou Peninsula and Asian Dragon Bay.

Do I need to pay admission fee to Asian Dragon Bay - only the beach?

Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Mr.Steven | Jan. 21, 2010 21:56

Luhuitou: 7:00 - 22:00

Sorry, I have no idea bout the operating hours of Asian Dragon Bay. If you just want to go to the beach, you don’t have to pay the admission fee. However, there are some scenic spots which do require admission fees, including Central Square, Butterfly Valley and Shell Hall.

Central Square plus Shell Hall: 56 CNY
Central Square plus Butterfly Valley: 34 CNY
Central Square, Shell Hall and Butterfly Valley: 69 CNY
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