Nan-ao island
The day begun with a ferry ride from the pier of Laiwu (莱芜) on the mainland to the island of Nan-ao, the largest island of Guangdong province.

Since its early days, the island has been an important military strategic location and it is home to a population of 40,000 whom many engaged themselves in fishing industry and some form of petty trading.

However, with the only mode of transport between the island and the main is ferry, local residents and tourists could only hope the expedition of the construction of the causeway that would to join the two will rid off the hassle of the rather unreliable ferry service that could hinder the development of the isle.

Although given its laid-back and rustic nature, I think the local would not mind the wait at all, as compared to those visiting tourists.




Ferry Ride across the sea 飘洋过海

Song Well
"Song Well" was dug out while the retreating Song troops landed on the island more 800 years ago.

According to the guide, this is the only non-salted water well on the island and it was one of the three wells dug, but because of its proximity to sea, the other two wells are submerged in the sea with the only present well remain visible.




The deposed Song Royal Family
 These statues of these figures are that of those last remaining Southern Song dynasty's royal family - the Zhaos, who were aided by their two loyal court officials (Premier Lu Xiufu and General Zhang Shijie), escaped to Nan-ao island after being pursued by the conquering Mongols who found the Yuan dynasty.

However, it was proven to be not a safe option either that the deposed ruling family fled to the nearby Fujian province and with their descendants eventually settled down there since after the collapse of the Song dynasty.



Having a snap with the deposed Song Royal Family (L-F): General Zhang Shijie, Empress Dowager Yang (with Prince Zhao Bing), Emperor Jingyan - Zhao Shi, Premier Lu Xiufu 与南宋落难皇室石像前留影 - 左起∶張世傑,杨太后(与赵昺),景炎帝赵昰,陆秀夫


Koxinga's legacy in Nan-ao
This island was where the legendary Ming general Zheng Chengong (Koxinga) raised his troop to fight against the Dutch in order to recapture Taiwan.

It was under this tree (pictured right) inside the premises of the rebuilt residence of the commander of the Nan-ao garrison, where the recruitment was done (the residence was rebuilt after the major 7.25 earthquake of 1918).

There is a marker stone (pictured below) within the premises that marked the boundary between Guangdong and Fujian province in the old days, after the island is now under the administration of the former and remained as a reminder of the past.

郑成功在南澳岛的足迹 (闽粤南澳总镇府)





Sights and scene of Nan-ao 南澳岛景
Banana is one of the cash crop of the island 香蕉是岛上其中一样特产 "Complimentary Ride and Priority to soldiers" to signify its military importance
军人优先 军人免费够已凸现南澳岛的军事战略地位
Seaweed is one of the local products of the island
Taiwan is 160 nautical miles away from here - Qing-ao Bay