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If you’re looking to take a break from the typical tourist destinations, but yet have a pleasant holiday, look no further than Fuzhou. It is the capital of the Fujian province and one of the largest cities there.
Situated to the east of Fujian, Fuzhou is on the north bank of Min River’s estuary, Fujian’s largest river. As per Brookings Institution, globally it is one of the rapidly growing metropolitan areas. It is the political, cultural and economic center of the Fujian province.
Fuzhou, which means City With Good Luck in Chinese gets its name from Mount Futo, a mountain that lies to its northwest. The city changed names multiple times under different rules but finally settled on Fuzhou. Interestingly, the city is also called Rongcheng, literal translation, The Banyan City, to honor the Song Dynasty that planted many banyans in the area during their reign.
With a history of more than 2,000 years, the city is a good mix of the old and the new. On one side, you have all the historical sites and on the other, you have all the skyscrapers.
With Fuzhou’s climate remaining constant most of the year, you won’t be in for any surprises. The climate here is categorized as humid subtropical.
Being one of the first Chinese treaty ports opened up Fuzhou to Western missionaries and traders. This could be one of the reasons why Fuzhou is very distinct from the other inland regions of China in terms of their culture.
Tip: When in Fuzhou, be sure to catch up on Min Opera, alternatively known as Fuzhou drama, which will give you some insight into their folk tales, ancient legends, and historic novels.
The current airport, Fuzhou Changle International Airport functions as the main international and domestic airport in Fuzhou, connecting the city to the rest of the world. The older airport, Fuzhou Yixu Airport, which was replaced by the new one now operates as a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) airbase.
The city is well-connected globally and there are flights to Fuzhou from all over the world. There are direct flights to Fuzhou from the capital city of Beijing. You can get cheap flights to Fuzhou on Xiamen Airlines and Bangkok Airways. There are multiple airlines that operative to Fuzhou, and you can take your pick from them and take advantage of the many promotional fares they offer depending on the time you travel. Once you land at the airport, you will find multiple options to get around the city. Some of these options include the rapid transit system, Fuzhou Metro, the railways, buses, and taxis.
Tip: If you don’t have too much luggage or are traveling alone, you can opt for a shared-cab and ensure that the ride to your hotel is not too heavy on your pocket.
Sanfang Qixiang, also known as Three Lanes and Seven Alleys is a must-see tourist attraction in Fuzhou. This residential building complex which dates back to the Jin Dynasty now houses museums and curio shops. The neighborhood with its period architecture and bamboo trees will take you back in time. You can do some house tours while there and also indulge in some jasmine tea which is very popular in the area. If you are interested in Chinese medicine, you will find a few local medicine shops here.
If you’re looking forward to spending a day with nature, you can head to Fuzhou National Forest Park, which is also known as Fuzhou Botanical Garden. This park has a huge collection of tree species local to Fujian. Apart from this, it also houses rare trees from 36 different countries. You can’t but miss the Millennium Banyan Tree, which is a star attraction in itself. The fresh air and trees here is sure to give you a big boost.
If you’re someone interested in exploring ancient temples and need some peace and quiet, you can take your pick from among Xichan Temple, Dizang Temple or Hualin Temple. These temples date back more than a thousand years.
Lin Zexu Memorial of Fuzhou is another getaway for history fans. It was built to honor the memory of Lin Zexu, who led from the front in the fight against opium. As you walk down the halls of this building, you will find several displays telling the stories about this great man.
Gu Shan or Drum Mountain is another scenic spot you can visit while in Fuzhou. It will be a good exercise walking up to the top while at the same time having a look at the many temples here. And if you still have the strength, you can visit the Eighteen Views Park. You can even stay back and get a beautiful view of the city with all its night lights.
If you want a quick history lesson on the Fujian province, it would be a good idea to pay a visit to the Fujian Museum which showcases its thousands of years of history with great pride.
Tip: The Three Treasures of Fuzhou which include the ox horn comb, cork pictures, and lacquer are something you shouldn’t miss. You can buy yourself a memento t remind yourself of your visit to Fuzhou.
Fuzhou offers a variety of accommodation options. The city transport is very good and you can get around using the metro, train or taxis. So where you want to stay will depend on what you want to do while you’re in Fuzhou. Sanfang Qixiang is one area with good transport options and many luxury hotels. Wuyi Square and Downtown Area are also good places to stay while in the city.
If you want authentic Fuzhou food, you need to head to Wuyi Middle Road which hosts a string of restaurants. GongYe Road also boasts of a number of restaurants where you can taste all sorts of cuisine.
Tip: If you are not faint-hearted and want to experiment, you can try Buddha Jumps Over The Wall. It takes more than 30 ingredients to make this soup!
Apart from Mandarin Chinese, most of the Fuzhou people speak the local Fuzhou dialect, also known as Fuzhounese. But like everywhere else in the world, the younger generation is mostly fluent in English, so you can get around with a little English and some basic Mandarin Chinese.
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