Boao Forum for Asia Theme Park
Visitors enjoy a music and instrument display at the Ting Courtyard, in the new Boao Forum for Asia Theme Park. [Photo/Hainan Daily]
With its nine courtyards and distinctive buildings, the Boao Forum for Asia Theme Park – in the coastal town of Boao in Hainan's Qionghai city – opened to the public on April 19, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the distinctive cultures of Asia and Hainan.
The Boao Forum for Asia – inaugurated in 2001 – is an organization that hosts high-level forums for leaders from government, business and academia in Asia and other continents to share their vision on the most pressing issues. The Boao Forum for Asia annual conference is set in Boao town.
The park has nine courtyards, each named after a special Chinese character. The courtyards have 21 rooms in total.
The Kan, Ting and Du courtyards, which in Chinese are called 看苑, 听苑 and 读苑, enable visitors to learn about the culture of the Boao Forum for Asia through videos, audios and books.
The other six courtyards evoke an aesthetic and artistic atmosphere – like the Tao Courtyard, which displays top pottery works and demonstrates potting techniques – and the Shi (饰) Courtyard, which showcases Asian metal handicrafts and the traditional handicrafts of the Li ethnic group in Hainan.
Wood products and brocades, as well as photography from Asia and Hainan, can also be appreciated at the park in the Mu (木), Jin（锦） and Hua (画) courtyards respectively.
The Jiu Courtyard, or the 久苑，provides visitors with a chance to enjoy an exhibition of the Boao Forum for Asia's 20-year history and Hainan's history of comprehensively deepening its reform and opening up.
Rich brocades from across Asia go on display, at the Jin Courtyard at the Boao Forum for Asia Theme Park. [Photo/Hainan Daily]
A photographic exhibition, on Hainan's achievements in comprehensively deepening its reform and opening up, goes on show at the Jiu Courtyard at the Boao Forum for Asia Theme Park. [Photo/Hainan Daily]