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Tomb of Hai Rui

Tomb of Hai Rui

Located at Haikou City in Hainan Island, the Tomb of Hai Rui was built in Ming Dynasty (1589A.D.). It was the burial ground of the Ming Dynasty upright official Hai Rui, today it has become a famous scenic spot in Haikou, Hainan Island.

Tomb of Hai Rui

The graveyard of Hai Rui is simple and solemn, according to legend, when people were transporting the coffin of Hai Rui, the rope on the coffin suddenly broke and people thought that the place where the rope broke was the burial ground selected by Hai Rui himself. Therefore, they buried Hai Rui there.

The 100-meter-long tomb passage was paved with granite. There are three stone archways in the middle of the passage. On either side of the way are magnificent stone sheep, stone horse, stone tortoise, stone human figures, and so on.

The top of the tomb is in the shape of arc and the base in the shape of hexahedron. In front of the tomb stands a stone tablet. The inscriptions on the tablet were by Xu Ziwei, the fellow-villager of Hai Rui and the supervisor of the construction of the tomb.

On the stone pillars of the hall are hanging two antithetical couplets written by Hiarui before his death. In the front of the hall stands the statue of Hai Rui.

Behind the hall is Qing Feng Ge (Pavilion of Cool Breeze), in which the documents about Hai Rui's achievements and relics used by Hai Rui during his life time are on display.

Numerous people who cherish a feeling of great reverence for the uprightness of Hai Rui have come here to pay respect to him. The tomb of Hai Rui is a culture attraction to see while travel to Hainan Island.

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