A Tale of the Chinese Hailuo Maid

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So we’re all familiar with the famous fairytales of the West from a young age. China too has its own fairytales and mythical stories that are similar to that of the West. The fairytales of Hans Christian Andersen are well known among most people and one of his famous stories has to be the famous Little Mermaid. Mermaids are not so common in Chinese myths BUT we have the Chinese have the fairytale of the “Hailuo Maid” who is very much like the Little Mermaid.

Award winning sculpture of the Hailuo Maid in Sanya. 

So the Chinese myth has it that the a thousand year old celestial conch otherwise known as the Hailuo Maid, falls in love with a local fisherman transforms herself into a human to be with the fisherman. However, not is all smooth sailing when the Queen of the Sea finds out that and takes the Hailuo Maid back to the sea. In an attempt to save his true love the fisherman followed them out to the sea and his actions touched the Queen of the Sea and in the end she gave the star crossed lovers her blessings and they lived happily ever after.

So to commemorate such a touching tale there is a Sanya Hailuo Creative Culture Park in Hainan, The park covers an area of 4,000 square meters. Inside this cultural park you can learn about different conchs and seashells with a wide variety on show, it will have you fascinated. The park covers an area of 4,000 square meters. Now if you ever have the chance and time you definitely want to have your photo taken with the statue, you never know if you’ve not yet found your true love the Hailuo Maid just might work her magic!      

Amazing interior within in the Creative Culture Park. 

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