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Sumawan Ecological Park-gathering green mountains, blue sea, golden beach and strange stones, with forest coverage of 80%, the air here are fresh, which could even be called a natural oxide bar, it is a extremely beautiful and mysterious coastal ecological park.
The name of Sumawan comes from General Su Ziheng of the end of the Ming Dynasty. After Manchu troop’s entrance of the Shanhaiguan, he led his sweet soldiers to this isolated island, and ploughing and grazing horses here to conserve strength and store energy, and prepared rebelling against the Qing Dynasty and re-eatablishing the Ming Dynasty. At local places, they got rid of the cruel and pacify the good people, robbed the rich to assist the poor, thus won love and esteem of folks. And in order to memorize Su Ziheng, the later ages call here Sumawan. There is a horse feeding well near the parking lot, as in the legend, the mouth of the spring was founded by Su Ziheng, when he tried to find water for his horse, and the spring water here are sweet and cool, flows for the whole year, which is quite rare in the island surrounded by sea on all the sides.
The marine abrasion landform at the Sumawan is most unique, after ages, the sea corrosion cliff has formed multi-layer walls, “bamboo shoot stone” rise?straight?from?the?ground, “bloodstone” full of blood red, “alabaster” looks like inlaid pearls, all those pictographic sea corrosive stones combine both form and spirit, and are lifelike, the dragon king stone, turtle group stone and god like stone would make you clap unconsciously, you could go alone the couple path, and appreciate the scenery on the way, which would make you intoxicated. Stepping into the deep forest, hidden under the green bushes, the gully are winding and flowing. Flowing water, stone at the gully, anima of flowers and birds, the small log cabin inside the forest, and paths full of cobble stone, stone benches and desks built by mushroom stones are best places to cool and relax yourself. With the graceful sound, you could see graceful cypresses, colorful Boston ivy and relaxed vines here and where, makes you feel that you are at the outside world.
In addition to unique scenery, there is also some precious historical relics, on one rock at the east of the beach, there engraved some words, which are identified as Han dynasty stone carvings by heritage experts and archaeologists, they are boundaries carved stone of Wang Mang’s New Deal times, which are about 2000 years time from now. Sumawan is natural world, as well as a romantic world for lovers, such environment and atmosphere are just like the lovers’ vow on the rocks, attracting millions of tourists to unburden themselves, and talk about their forever love together.
Sub attractions·the Peacock garden
There is a magical bird garden at the plank road from Dasha Bay to Sumawan, which is the open island peacock garden. Till now, there are about 1000 green, blue and white peacocks, people could get close to the peacock and feel their competing for beauty.
In 2002, 18 peacocks “immigrated” from the south to the island tourism resort of Lianyungang, and after careful nurturing, those delicate and precious birds have not only immersed in the island environment, but also have produced offspring here. For that peacocks are cage-free, if lucky enough, tourists could meet peacocks who are wandering at the same time of travelling in the Sumawan scenery spot.
?Sub attractions·boundary stone carvings of the Han Dynasty
The cliff inscriptions we faced now is called “east Lian Island Donghai Sea Langya County boundary stone carving”, it is national treasured relic. It is the only one boundary stone carvings of the Han Dynasty that kept well, with definite content and exact calendar. It plays a significant role in researches on the history, territory and history of calligraphy of Han Dynasty.
The full text of Sumawan carving is: “the boundary of Donghai sea county Qu and Langya county Gui, places in the south of mountains belong to Qu, while places in the north of water belong to Gui. And in the west direction, is till the Kuangqi County. The concrete boundary point is at the highest point of the mountain, and has no bound in the east. It is founded by the pastoral governance office of Xuzhou in April 15, Yimou of the fourth year after founding of the country.” It is: here is the boundary of Donghai sea county Qu and Langya county Gui, places in the south of mountains belong to Qu, while places in the north of water belong to Gui. And in the west direction, is till the Kuangqi County. The concrete boundary point is at the highest point of the mountain, and has no bound in the east. The time is the fourth year after founding of the country for the usurper of Wangmang, which is 12 AD. The stele at Yangwotou is similar to this, thus it could be got that the two steles were made in the same period.   
The discovery of boundary stone carvings in Sumawan helps to solve some suspended important problems in the history:
At the same time of researching boundary carvings, we shall not ignore its important position at the calligraphy history. The west Han Dynasty is the key stage for transition of Chinese calligraphy from seal character to official script and cursive script. The style of the boundary carving demonstrated that in the clumsy official script at the early, there is still obvious trend of seal character. For that the evolution from seal character to official character is an important reform in the development history of Chinese characters, since then, the Chinese characters becomes simplified, of stokes, and in stereotype, thus the discovery of Lian Island boundary island is a precious first hand material in research of Chinese calligraphy development.
Sub attractions·Sumawan waterfall
 The Sumawan waterfall is located at the east of Sumawan parking lot, the drop is about 50 meters, and the width is 8 meters, in the hot summer, the waterfall adds unsophisticated and natural Sumawan with freshness and smartness. At present, Sumawan waterfall, the Lovers’ vow and log cabin in the forest have become a must for wedding photos of new couples.
?Sub attractions·Jinsheng Zen temple
The Jinsheng Zen temple is the sub temple of Shannanzhenhai temple, here consecrated The jade Buddha earth treasure bodhisattva. At the east and west of the corridor, there is one mountain road that connected with round-the-mountain roads. Seeing from the corridor, the Sumawan is just like a spread huge color picture, and overlook, the sea melted into the sky, the cloud ripples with water, and extends to indefinite places.
The temples at the Lian Island are unique. At the seventh year of Era Kaiyuan of the Tang Dynasty, Jin Qiaojue, the ethic children of Silla King, abandoned his royal life, sailed across the sea, came to Tang to learn laws. In the historical records, Jin Qiaojue landed from the west Lian Island, and stayed here for a short period, he travelled the fairy Yingyou Mountain, and investigated the folks and traditions of those fishing villages. Then through the canal, the Yangtze River, he reached Mount Jiuhua of Anhui Province, and practiced Buddhism hardly for 75 years, he begged for alms to construct the temple, open forums to talk about Buddhism, and became the founder at that place. He died at 99, and the coffin was opened after three years, while the color of his face was just like when he was alive, and his hands and feet were still soft, and when rotating the bones, they would have metal sounds. Believers believed that he was the reincarnation of Ksitigarbha, and called him “Jindizang”
In order to memorize the fate between Jin Qiaojue and the Yingyou Mountain, the later ages constructed Jinsheng Zen temple at the mountain of Sumawan, as the sub temple of Zhenhai temple. The Jinsheng Zen temple backed green mountains and faced the ocean, listening to the tides and watching the clouds, this could help Ksitigarbha to look at his hometown at the places he first landed on China.
Sub attractions·Horse feeding well
There is a spring in the horse feeding well near the parking lot of Sumawan Ecological Park, according to spread of fishermen, this was dug by Su Ziheng’ s troop, to make it more convenient for local people to drink and use water. The spring water here is sweet and clean, even fishermen who lived far would fetch water here by climbing two mountains. As the saying goes, do not forget the well-diggers when you drink from this well, in order to memorize General Su, who loved grazing horse, they named this spring “horse feeding spring”, and the well “horse feeding well”.
Sub attractions·Beauty with two faces
The “Beauty with two faces” stele was erected at the cliff at the north sea of the Sumawan, there is a pavilion, named “Chongyan Pavilion”. Here is close to the sea, and waves would be rolled up at feet, on the head are clouds floating with winds, in the front, the sky melted with the sea, therefore, it is named “Beauty with two faces”.
Sub attraction: love forever
In the legend, the “love forever” was originally in the sea, which was the special sacred place for weddings in the Dragon King’s palace, people who make love promise here could gain lifelong happiness. After learning this, the Queen Mother specially asked the Dragon King to transfer this to the land to bestow favors to the world, so that people in the man’s world could forge happy marriage, so many tourists and new couples who have wedding photo here would take photos in front of the two stones.
Sub attraction: marine abrasion landform
On the plank road from the Sumawan to the seaside, there are many rocks in strange shapes, they are so extraordinary as if done by the spirit, and are graved in different poses and with different expressions, in geology, this phenomenon is called marine abrasion landform. Marine abrasion, as could be told from the name, is mainly caused by waves, just those waves that look very delicate, with the help of heavy rain and wind, and with the rising and ebbing of tide, day after day, year after year, those waves keep hitting rocks on the bank, and after ten years’, one hundred years’, one thousand years’, ten thousand years’ efforts, dripping water finally wear through stones, and the great work finally is presented before us.
Traditional appreciation method pays attention to pictogram, tell what those strange stones look like, here we have stones named divine tortoise probing sea, hippocampus landing, groups of dragon playing with water, and somersault of the kite……the southeast part of the Sumawan is famous Dragon Palace. When the tide ebbing, several extruding rock ridges just look like several stone dragon jumping from the sea, and seem to climb to the hillside, which are zigzagging and vivid. There are countless waves stones around, the bigger ones look like millstones, and those small ones just like fist, just are similar to a group of shrimp soldiers and crab generals with various poses and expressions. Looking upward at some places, there are caves after caves, rocknest after rocknest, just like the famous swallow cave in the south, and borrows their name as well. One of huge stone named as scripture bask platform, which extruding beside the sea, and has more than ten layers, just like layer of scriptures, which would make pious believers amazing.
This is the magic power of the nature.