Hairui Former Residence

Hairui Former residence is located on Hongchenghu Road, opposite Hongcheng Lake.

The east end of Hongchenghu Road joins Haifu Road near the Haikou East Bus Station. Walk west along Hongchenghu road and you will find it on the left as you cross Dayuan road.

It is actually a recent reconstruction. When i visited it was deserted except for a caretaker. There is no entrance fee.

Hai Rui (23 January 1514 to 13 November 1587), was a famous Chinese official during the Ming Dynasty. His name has come down in history as a model of honesty and integrity in office and he reemerged as an important historical character during the Cultural Revolution.

Hai Rui, whose great-grandfather married an Arab and subsequently adopted Islam, was born in Qiongshan, Hainan, where he was raised by his mother (also from a Muslim, or Hui, family). Unsuccessful in the official examinations, his official career only started in 1553, when he was aged 39, with a humble position as clerk of education in Fujian province. He built his reputation on uncompromising adherence to an upright morality, scrupulous honesty, poverty, and fairness. This won him widespread popular support but made him many enemies in the bureaucracy. Eventually he submitted a memorial impeaching the Jiajing Emperor himself in 1565 and was sentenced to death in 1566. He was released after the Emperor died in early 1567. Hai Rui was reappointed under the Longqing Emperor but soon forced to resign in 1570 after complaints were made over his overzealous handling of land-tenure issues. He then spent 15 years in retirement in Hainan before being finally brought back in 1585 under the Wanli Emperor. Hai Rui died in office two years later.

Hairui former residence Photo Gallery