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.


此岛乃广东省最大岛屿,由于地理位置与邻近的福建省和台湾接近,所以自古以来就是个重要的军事基地。

岛上人口四万,主要以捕鱼业,进行小型买卖和旅游业为主。由于这没有大城市的喧哗,所以岛上的生活节奏也相对来的悠哉悠哉。

到目前为止,来往陆地和南奥也只有渡轮,所以期待衔接两岸的大桥能快竣工,不然每天一过五点钟就地等到隔天的八点钟咯。

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.

宋井
八百年前,当南宋部队退守到南澳岛,岛上挖找出的唯一淡水井。

据说当时一共挖了三口井,不过由于靠近海岸的关系,日子久了也被海水淹没了两个,而现在所看到的也是近年来无意中发现地。

   

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.

南宋落难皇室
这五尊石像为南宋末期为了躲避元军的拘捕再由两为忠臣(陆秀夫和張世傑)护驾来南澳岛的景炎帝(赵昰),杨太后和其弟赵昺(后来的宋怀宗)。

原以为这离岛是个可靠的避风港,可也不过是个短暂的栖身之所也在数月撤离南澳岛到毗邻的福建省。

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)
明末大将郑成功也在南澳岛留下他的足迹,在南澳岛上的总兵府外的这棵大树是郑成功当时招募一批收复台湾岛军队的地方(右图)

据了解1918年的一场大地震把原本的总镇府夷为平地,相关当局于是在原址修复了它当时的原貌。

此外,总兵府内也保留了一个石碑(下图)。

原来,早期南澳岛的西部归广东(粤)省管辖,而东半部是由福建(闽)省管辖。

到了后来这个粤东区最大的岛屿全归广东省,但当局保留了这个界线石标做为教育下一代的古物。

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
紫菜是南澳岛主要的土特产
Taiwan is 160 nautical miles away from here - Qing-ao Bay
台湾高雄就离清澳湾只有160海里之远
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