Tong’ an Tourist Area
Tong’an was an old-line county with a history of 1,700 years before it became an administrative district of Xiamen in 1997. Tongan is endowed with natural beauty and productive of outstanding people, with a lot of places of interests and historical sites. Tong'an Tourist Area is generally divided into three parts:
Dalun Culture Tourist Area. The main tourist spots include: Brahma Temple, Brahman Pagoda, Su Song's former residence, Tong'an Confucian Temple, Zhu Xi's Epigraph and Stone Inscription, Twelve-Dragon Pool, Wuxian Holiday Recreation Place, etc.
Tingxi Hotspring Holiday Recreation Place. The main tourist spots include: Tingxi Reservoir, Hotspring Swimming Pool, Song's Porcelain Kiln.
Dadeng Tri-islet Tourist Area where one can fully enjoy the landscape of the island fishing village and overlook the Quemoy or Jinmen Island of Taiwan not far away, or just have a fun swimming on the beach.
By visiting the former residence of Su Song, one can be acquainted with historic sites and cultural relics relating to Su Song. Acting as an upright and hardworking prime minister for nearly 60 years for the Song Dynasty, Su Song had made many contributions and left behind a lot of scientific writings. Lu Shan Hall, the former residence of Su Song, lies in Yongfen Village in the northwest corner of Tong'an and covers an area of 1,700 square metres. Today, many Song families' offsprings in Taiwan, Hongkong, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand still find their roots here. The existent Lu Shan Hall was rebuilt in the first year of the Republic of China. The hall houses the sitting stature of Su Song, Song family tree book and the portraits of eight celebrities of the Song family. The new-built Su Song Science and Technology Exhibition Hall shows more achievement made by Su Song as a politician, diplomat, astronomer, pharmacologist, litterateur and historian. A model of the world's first astronomical clock tower invented by Su Song is also exhibited here.
Tong'an Confucian Temple is located by a stream in the eastern suburb of Tong'an. It was first set up in the Five Dynasties. Dacheng Hall, the existent construction, was rebuilt during Emperor Qianlong's reign of Qing Dynasty.
Today, the Confucian Temple has been turned into Tong'an Museum in which historical records and cultural relics of Tong'an dated back to as early as the Western Han Dynasty were exhibited. On the north side of the temple, there is a ground setting in order over 200 pieces of stone carvings and steles collected from different areas of Tong'an. With different bearings and so true to life, these sculptures are called "terracotta warriors and horses of Tong'an".
Tingxi Reservoir, rebuilt in 1956 at the foot of Tingxi Mountain of Tong'an, has a water capacity of 48 million square metres. Depending on the mountain terrain, the vast water winds its way to the far. The lake is so clear and water and mountain seem to blend into each other. Boating on the green water and among the green mountains is really carefree and joyous.
Twelve-Dragon Pool is among stones and rocks on the north hill of Tong'an. A current of spring water falls from a hundred-metre high rocky cliff. Passing by many steps and holes on different height, the water fall creates 12 water ponds holding limpid water. Thus the sight is names "Twelve-Dragon Pool".