Wuzhizhou Island, locate in Haitang Bay, is about 30 km (18.6 miles) northeast of Sanya city, has an area of some 1.48 square kilometers (365.7 acres). With an irregular butterfly-like shape and a total coastline of 5.7 km (3.54 miles).
Wuzhizhou Island was known as Guqizhou Island in ancient times and the earliest records date from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), when a temple was built to commemorate the originator of Chinese characters, Cang Jie. Following the Qing Government's fall from power, the villagers rebuilt the temple to honor the Goddess Mazu, who bestowed good fortune on the local fishermen. From 1949 Wuzhizhou Island became an important strategic defense zone. However, from the 1990s, Wuzhizhou Island began to enjoy a completely new role as a romantic place for holiday and leisure.
Wuzhizhou Island is in a tropical marine zone, the climate is temperate and pleasant all year round. Wuzhizhou Island is an ideal place for vacation, winter swimming as well as entertainment. There are over 2,700 plant varieties on Wuzhizhou Island, including the tall trees and dense bushes. The eastern and southern parts of Wuzhizhou Island are hilly and two high mountains connect to form a peak about 79.9 meters (262 feet) high. In the west and north, the terrain is level and soft white sandbeach stretching. Protected coral reefs are rich in conches, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and various tropical fishes.
As well as Goddess Matsu Temple, there are many places of interest to visit including the Lover's Bridge, Sunrise Rock, and the Gold Turtle Stretching toward the Sea, The Sunrise Apart from these natural sites, swimming pools, bars, gymnasiums and other places of entertainment are available in the northwest part of Wuzhizhou Island. For those who love extreme sports local facilities include scuba diving, surfing, gliding, sailing and canoeing.
For those who want to spend a night on the island, Wuzhizhou Island Holiday Center offers 81 Guest Rooms with a choice of onshore or inner island Wooden Cabin, the Presidents' Villa.