The Hua'ao Island. /花岙岛。[Photo by Yi Guoqing]易国庆摄
By Xu Zhuowei
Located on the east side of Sanmenwan Bay and under the jurisdiction of Gaotang Island Township, Xiangshan County, the Hua'ao Island is renowned for its landscapes and caves on the island, with verdant mountains and charming scenery. It is roughly believed that a total of 36 between-mountain flat land areas and 108 caves are on the island.
Hua'ao Island is famous for natural landscapes and is known as the 'Fairy Country on the Sea'. There are many rock pillars on the island, known as 'Stone Forest'. The rocks are either majestic and straight, or reclining horizontally, and the coastal sea erosion landscape is a must-to-see in the southeast.
The island is home to the Hua'ao Island Provincial Geopark and National Ocean Park, which have become a platform for popularizing geological science knowledge. In addition, Hua'ao Island still has the remains of the barracks where the national hero Zhang Cangshui fought against the Qing Dynasty Army.