Mei She, an 800 year old village in Haikou, sees new economic development

Located in the volcanic area of Shi shan, Mei she village is home to ancestral temples, artillery buildings, ancient wells and stone houses. Established in the Song Dynasty, its history dates back some 800 years ago.

Meishe ancient village Haikou (1)
Meishe ancient village Haikou (1)
Meishe ancient village Haikou (1)

Since the establishment of special economic zones in Hainan, the village has entered a period of rapid development with most of the basalt stone houses undergoing full renovation.

Meishe ancient village Haikou (1)

Tucked away in the vegetation are some old hidden gems which are awaiting the next phase of renovation. A clear representation of what houses in the village would have looked like in the last century.

Meishe village Haikou (12)
Meishe village Haikou (13)

Built in the 20th century, Fu xing tower which is also known as “dragon tower” stands 5 stories high in the centre of the village and was originally built as a fortress for villagers to fight against Japanese aggressors in 1939.

Meishe village Haikou (18)

Each family has its own family motto nameplate, which is handed down from their ancestors and placed at the household gates.  

Meishe village Haikou (7)

Travelling around Shi shan you are likely to see jack fruit trees, which grow in the selenium-rich volcanic soil. Selenium which is a natural chemical element found in soil is a powerful antioxidant that fights oxidative stress and helps defend the body from chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

Meishe village Haikou (2)

Locals congregate around the village centre (around Fuxing tower) usually to socialise or play games such as Mahjong or cards. It’s a tight-knit community in the village and there’s a famous folk saying in the area “distant relatives are inferior to your nearest neighbours”

Meishe village Haikou (4)
Meishe village Haikou (5)
Meishe village Haikou (8)
Meishe village Haikou (8)
Meishe village Haikou (17)
Coffee shop

The easiest way to get to Mei she village is by first getting to the Volcano park. The village is around 1.5km South of the volcano park gate. Follow this link for more information on how to get to the volcano park.

Location

Meishe village location 1
Meishe village location 2

Volcano park address:海口火山口公园

Mei she village address:海口石山区美社村

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