Why is Dongpo Academy Special?
Dongpo Academy was originally built in 1098 during the Northern Song Dynasty in memorial of Su Dongpo, a well-known litterateur. It is now a tourist attraction in Hainan. Dongpo Academy once took the highest seat of learning and cultivated many talents. The academy is facing south, with a dignified door, which is unique and quaint. Above the door, there are four Chinese characters, written by Zhang Ji, a candidate in the Qing Dynasty.
Dongpo Academy Special Highlight
In the courtyard of the academy, there is a clean pond, on which a bridge spanning, leading you to the Zaijiu Pavilion. Zaijiu Pavilion is covered with green tiles. On the roof of the pavilion, there are the paintings about the life of Su Dongpo, which are vivid and true to life. On both sides of the pavilion, there are the lotus ponds, in which there are the gold fish. Deep into the courtyard, there is the Zaijiu Hall. It is the place where Su Dongpo once taught and met friends. As the main architecture of the academy, the hall has 13 tablets which were written by celebrities. On the rear wall of the hall, there are two marble stone inscriptions. One was inscribed by Song Lian, a litterateur in the Ming Dynasty, and another is the Great Hall picture of Su Dongpo, painted by Tang Yin, a famous painter.
The last part of the academy is the Great Hall. In the center of the hall, there is a group of statues of Su Dongpo and his son, made of glass fiber reinforced plastics. Besides, there are the exhibits of the sketch painted and written by Su Dongpo.