Located 4 kilometers to the southwest of Yacheng town, Sanya City, Baoping village served as a gateway for visitors as well as a fort to defend from invaders in ancient times. In the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE), Baoping had become a “heart-breaking and homesick locale” (a verse by Tang poet Li deyu) for banished high-ranking government officials. Some say Baoping was immortalized by the poet Li deyu, who wrote many classical poems there.
Baoping is truly beautiful and abundant, encircled by ancient trees, with creeks running alongside and the aroma of the rice field pervading all. There are still well preserved old houses dating from the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1912 CE). They form the most concentrated cluster of old houses in Sanya, and the most typical because of their quadrangle courtyards formed by archways, the main houses, side buildings and main walls. The ancient architecture has seen the history of the village’s rises and falls, economic and cultural development and the revolutionary course.
Baoping is the origin of Yazhou (the old name for Sanya) folk song, a national intangible cultural heritage. The only written record of Yazhou folk song is in the “Yazhou Chronicle” – “Baopingnese Zhang bang used to teach pupils Yazhou Folk songs”. Nowadays, Baoping plans to build a cultural corridor, a revolutionary park, a rural cultural center, Baoping academy, Baoping bridge, Wangque (looking in the direction of the capital) pavilion and a relic park.