The Yingkou City is a beautiful port city that is home to more than 20 cultural groups and nationalities. The Port of Yingkou has a very long history: in 1984, archaeologists discovered skills of "ape men" in the eastern section of the city. The Port of Yingkou boasts natural and historic scenery. Many resorts are located in and around the Port of Yingkou, and visitors enjoy the many attractions that include Yueya and Basha Bays, Fairy Island, Xiongyue Hot Spring, Qinglong and Buyun Mountains, Wang'ershan Hill, and the Lengya Temple. The Port of Yingkou has a landscape that contains mountains, forests, the sea, and many fountains.
The Port of Yingkou has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons and strong monsoonal influences. The Bohai Sea tempers the climate, but winters are still long, windy, and cold. Over half of the Port of Yingkou's annual rainfall comes in the months July and August. Temperatures range from an average high of 28°C (83°F) in July to an average low of -13°C (8°F) in January. The level of humidity in the Port of Yingkou ranges from 79% in July and August to 58% in Marcy and April.
The Lengyan Temple is one of Northeast China's four biggest Buddhist temples. Covering an area of almost ten acres, this Port of Yingkou temple has three yards and 99 Buddhist halls. Buildings on the Lengyan Temple grounds include a drum tower, a bell tower, the Tianwang Hall, the Sutra Collection Hall, the Daxiong Hall, and the Buddhist Tower.
In the ancient city of Xun Yue stood a lone hill surrounded by orchards. Atop the hill is a grey brick tower called Wang'ershan Hill (meaning 'to look forward to the return of the son'). The Port of Yingkou's Wang'ershan Hill is the object of a sad legend. A poor family of a mother and son lived in the city long ago. The mother wished that the son would study hard and have a better life than she had, so she worked very hard to support his studies. She worked in the fields in the day and spun and weaved cotton in the night. At last, the Imperial Court held an examination to find a person qualified to enter the court, and the son left his home by boat to go to Beijing. The mother continued to work hard and wait for her son to return. Every day, she went to the shore to meet him. Years passed, each one of them adding grey to her hair and lines to her face.
Thirty years passed, and still the son did not return as the mother cried to the sea to return him. Finally, the aged mother died and turned into stone, a statue waiting for her son. But the son had never reached Beijing. He had fallen out of the boat and drowned on his journey without ever taking the examination. God pitied the old woman so much that he formed a hill where she had stood waiting for so many years. The villagers named the lone hill Wang'ershan. They built a grey brick tower atop the hill and a Mother House at its base. Today, the people of the Port of Yingkou meet every Sunday in May to celebrate the mother's day with a carnival. The best time to visit Wang'ershan Hill is from April to October, and tickets are 15 yuan.
One of the most popular destinations in the Port of Yingkou is Fairy Island, which has been a popular spot for some 600 years. Surrounded on three sides by the sea, the island has locust woods, seawater baths, and a beacon tower from the Ming dynasty. In late May, Fairy Island in the Port of Yingkou is the location for grand sophora flower festivals. People love to watch the tides and the sea from Fairy Island, where the tidal waters toss dramatically on the rocks. The locust woods on Fairy Island are called a natural "Oxygen Bar" where the fragrance of the blooming sophroa fills the air with a sweet fragrance. Wildlife like pheasants, magpies, hares, and hedgehogs meet visitors as they walk in the forest. The open seawater baths on Fairy Island offer relaxation and good health. The soft flat beach is a wonderful place to play, ride horses, watch the windmills and the setting sun, and listen to the songs of the fishermen. The Ming Dynasty beacon tower on Fairy Island is better preserved than many similar towers built in the Port of Yingkou at the time.
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