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Fuzhou Travel Guide

Fuzhou Overview

Fuzhou, abbreviated to "Rong", is the capital city and the political, economic, scientific and cultural centre of Fujian Province. It has an advantageous geographical position, bordering Fujian and Guangdong province, east to Fujian and south to Ganzhou connecting Guangdong.

Fuzhou is the regional marketable grain base in China. It has got abundant special agricultural products. The forest coverage reaches about 65%; and also Fuzhou is the main production area of wood & bamboo. Also, Fuzhou is abundant in mineral resources; the amount of the non-metallic minerals and proven metal is up to more than 60 kinds.

Fuzhou, with a history of more than 2,200 years, is a well known historic and cultural city on the southeastern coast of China. From ancient time, Fuzhou has been said to be "a land of blessing", where there are green trees in four seasons, flourished culture, pure folk customs, dynamic economy, abundant resources and produce as well as prosperous trade. It is a tourism destination to be developed. More than 40 cultural relics units have been listed into national and provincial history preservation.

Fuzhou focuses on caring for and serving for investors. Nowadays, there are over 2300 enterprises from home and abroad having invested as well as lived here. The city has already become precious investment city for all the businessmen.

It is really a pivotal port in the southeastern coast of China. It connects the Yangtze River Delta to the north and the Pearl River Delta to the south, two of the most important economic regions in China which has brought broad market potential for Fuzhou. Fuzhou is close to Macao, Hong Kong, Japan and Southeast Asian nations, collecting capital, information, commodities and people.

Fuzhou Facts
Fuzhou Geography
Fuzhou Climate & Weather

Area Code: 0591

Zip Code: 350000

Fuzhou has a population of 7.12 million, accounting for 19.29% of the province's population; and the average annual growth rate is about 1.09%. Among them, the population of the town is about 4.4 million, accounting for 61.95% of the total; while the country has a population of 2.7 million, accounting for 38.05%.

Administrative Division
Fuzhou consists of the following districts:

Gulou District
Changle City
Taijiang District
Minhou County
Cangshan District
Lianjiang County
Jin’an District
Luoyuan County
Mawei District
Minqing County
Langqi Economic Zone
Yongtai County
Fuqing City
Pingtan County

Fuzhou is located in the eastern coastal of Fujian province, Min River downstream. It lies northern latitude 25 ° 15 '- 26 ° 39', east longitude 118 ° 08 '- 120 ° 31'. East faces the East China Sea and Taiwan province across the sea. The Fuzhou city belongs to the typical river basin, which is surrounded by mountains. Its height above sea level is about 600 ~ 1000 meters. Domestic terrain leans from the west to the east. It covers 12,000 square kilometers, in which, 1,043 square kilometers are planned area. The city's constructed area reaches 182.86 square kilometers.

Fuzhou has a typical subtropical monsoon climate. It is abundant in climate resources. The temperature is appropriate; and the rainfall is abundant there. Summer is long, while winter is short in Fuzhou. Average annual sunshine number is 1700 ~ 1980 hours; Average annual precipitation is 900 ~ 2100 mm; Average annual temperature is about 16 ~ 20 ℃. The coldest month from January to February, has the average temperature 6 ~ 10 ℃; and the hottest month from July to August, has the average temperature 24 ~ 29 ℃.

Highlight Attractions in Fuzhou

Natural Scenery

Mt. Gu
The national scenic area - Mt. Gu (meaning drum hill in Chinese) is located in the eastern suburb and the evergreen mountain is a famous Buddhist scenic spot, sitting on the north bank of the Min River. It is 17 kilometers (about 10.6 miles) from downtown area. It gained its name from a large rock on the mountaintop shaped like a drum, and during thunderstorms, thunder appeared to emanate from atop the mountain-'drum', hence the name Mt. Gu. From the Song Dynasty (960-1279), there are 500 inscriptions on the cliff face by literates of this time, which is rare in China.

Transportation: you may take the Mt. Gu Special Line from Wuyi Square or take bus Nos. 7, 36, 37, 808, 815, 949, 957, 960 and Mawei Special Bus Line to Mt. Gu.

Fuzhou National Forest Park
Situated in the north suburb, 7 kilometers (about 4.3 miles) away from the downtown area, it is one of the ten national forest parks of China. Rare animals and exotic plants, blue water, flowing waterfalls, unusual rocky outcrops and stone carvings coexist in a harmonious blend of natural and manmade sights.

Transportation: bus Nos. 34, 802, 811, 945, etc. can take you to the park.

Mt. Yu
Located in the center of downtown area, the same as Mt. Wu, Mt. Yu has been an attraction since the Tang Dynasty (618-907). You can climb up to the White Tower on Mt. Yu, which is facing the Wu Tower on Mt. Wu, to appreciate the panoramic views of the city. White Tower and Wu Tower are the symbol of the city.

Transportation: Mt. Yu - bus Nos. 8, 26, 801, 803, 908, 945, 948, 957 and 958 Mt. Wu - bus Nos. 8, 11, 20, 26, 27, 801, 809, 817 and 821

Ancient Relics

Fujian Tulou
Fujian Tulou, also known as the Earth Towers of the Hakkas, is a unique style of Chinese village architectures. In terms of architectural characteristics, the rounded earth tower is more traditional with the Hakkas and is a typical example of a Hakkas folk residence.

Sanfang Qixiang
Sanfang Qixiang is an old block consisting of three lanes and seven alleys. A large number of residences from ancient China sit there. Thus it is called "Architecture Museum". Through the visit, you can know more about the history and culture of Fuzhou and China.

Zhuzifang Block
located in the central area of the downtown, is a large ancient architectural museum of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911). It is a must-see sight for the architectural styles of which the old city is famed.

Xichan Temple
In the west of this city, on the foot of Mt. Yi, Xichan Temple, an ancient temple of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), is one of five Buddhist temples in the City. There is a dagoba of a Buddhist monk from the Five Dynasties (907-960), the imperial handwriting of Emperor Kangxi and also murals of Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Another feature of the temple is the many Litchi trees, planted in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).

Transportation: bus Nos. 812, 813, 38, 39, 33, 27 and 957

There are many reasons for visiting Mawei. If you want to know more about ancient battlefield, if you want to look around the base of ship-making, if you are crazy about historic sites, then visiting Mawei is indeed a wise choice.

Parks & Museums

Minjiang Park
Located on both sides of Minjiang River, the 7.5 mile-long Minjiang Park is the largest park in this city. Originally, it was called "Jiangbin Park", meaning the park lying beside the river. By combining the surrounding natural landscape and the unique Minjiang traditional culture, Minjiang Park fully reflects the characteristics of ecology, openness and water access.

The park is composed of seven tourist zones from west to east. They are Xihe Park, Jinjiang Park, Jinsha Park, Wanglong Park, Binfen Park, Minfeng Park and Minshui Park. They embrace various kinds of natural landscapes and man-made scenery. Visitors can take a leisurely walk or rent a bicycle to tour in the park. For example, in Binfen Park there is a large open-air theater equipped with a modern music fountain performing wonderful water shows and beautiful music. It can hold about 2,500 spectators. Mingyue (Bright Moon) Islet, lying adjacent to Wanglong Park is a good place to watch the river sights and appreciate the moon, attracting a lot of lovers to express their deepest feelings. The huge embossed carving "Mindu Chunqiu" (Fuzhou’s history) tells us about local history and culture. Moreover, visitors can swim and splash in the river on the three-hectare beach area.

An attractive sight in the park is the collection of 64 amazing sculptures of diverse styles. They were created by gifted artists from 14 different countries and regions. The local people regard these sculptures as the soul of the Minjiang River. In addition, there are four unique paths especially designed for your visit to the park. They are a footpath, a sightseeing path above the water, an electric power cart road and a bicycle path. No matter which path you choose, it will certainly provide you a wonderful experience in beautiful Minjiang Park.

West Lake Park
situated in the northwest of the city in Hubin Road, is famed for its similarity to West Lake in Hangzhou. It has been a tourist attraction since the Tang Dynasty (618-907). West Lake Park is the most completed ancient garden in the city and is called a pearl of gardens in Fujian Province.

Transportation: bus Nos. 1, 805, 810, 811, 818, 958 and 960

Lin Zexu Memorial Hall
nesting in Macau Road, and established in 1905, exhibits the history of Lin Zexu, a folk hero of China who banned opium-smoking and the opium trade.

Transportation: bus Nos. 1, 5, 818 and 946

Not only are there ancient sights, there are also new places to be explored, Jinniu Shan Park, Mt. Qingyun and Shiba Chong Xi (brooks). Sights in this city are splendid but refined. If you are interested in the landscape of south China, it is a good place to visit.

Fuzhou Tours & Tings to Do