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Quanzhou, also called Licheng and Citong Cheng in Pinyin, is one of the most famous historical and cultural cities in China. It is an important seaport located in southeast Fujian Province and is the economic and political center of the province. To its east is Taiwan separated from Quanzhou by the East Sea, making Quanzhou the famous mother town of Chinese compatriots in Taiwan and overseas. The climate is warm and humid, comfortable for year-round travel, making Quanzhou a popular tourist destination.

Due to its special location, Quanzhou has been China's marine door to exotic cultures since ancient times. During the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties, Quanzhou port became one of the largest world ports. As the starting point of the Sea Silk Road, it accepted diverse religions including Christianity, Islam and Manichaeism. Today it is called 'World Religions Museum'. Here exotic cultures have been mixed with traditional ones for thousands of years, leaving many historic sites, such as Qingjing Mosque, the Islamic Saint Mausoleums, Kaiyuan Temple, Tianhou Palace and other architectural classics such as Luoyang Bridge, Anping Bridge and Chongwu Ancient Town. Zheng Chenggong (1624-1662), the national hero who helped the government regain Taiwan from Holland in the 17th century, was also born here. His mausoleum in Nan'an city has become a precious historical site in Quanzhou.

In addition to places of historical interest, Quanzhou also abounds in natural beauties including various mountains, river valleys and basins. The famous mountains include Mt. Qingyuan, Mt. Zimao, Mt. Xiangong, Mt. Lingxiu and Mt. Penglai, where the Qingshui Yan temple is situated. Recreational parks near the mountains and along the sea add modern atmosphere to the city's glamour.

Quanzhou has a large variety of local dining including snacks such as fried oysters, frozen siphon worms, noodles in meat soup and fish pellets. If you are interested in Chinese tea, do not miss Wulong Tea in Anxi County. Clever in art, Quanzhou people have created many folk operas including Nanyin, Gaojia Xi, Liyuan Xi and Marionette Show.

In Quanzhou, there are hotels of different standards as well as small hostels. If you are a backpacker, the hostels near the new long distance bus station along Wenling Road are very good choices. Quanzhou also has many commercial streets for shopping, such as the Back City Street (Houcheng Street), Zhuangyuan Street, Zhongshan Road and Daxi Street.

Nightlife in Quanzhou is colorful. Local people often enjoy the delicious food in the night market; fly kites in the squares or boat in park lakes. Young people usually go to the cafés, bars and clubs, chattering, singing and dancing; while seniors often go to cinemas or theaters to see local operas. Office workers choose beauty parlors or gymnasiums for relaxation.

Quanzhou has convenient transportation facilities. Jinjiang Airport supports flights not only to many cities of inland China but also to Hong Kong and Manila. Quanzhou railways reach most cities in Fujian as well as cities in several neighboring provinces. Highways are also well developed in the city, offering convenient access to Xiamen and Fuzhou. In addition, Quanzhou, a seaport city, offers access by water to and from many cities of China, including Dalian, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.

Quanzhou tour packages

During every Dragon Boast Festival which falls on May 5th of the lunar calendar, the Shishi City in southern Fujian Province holds the annual Hanjiang Sea Water Splashing Festival. The custom has been...
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Quanzhou, also called Licheng and Citong Cheng in Pinyin, is one of the most famous historical and cultural cities in China.This port city has ancient temples and mosques and the Museum of Maritime Co...
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Located in the Longmen Town Scenic Reserve in Anxi, the Zhimin Tourist Area is a popular outdoor activity venue with forested gorges, natural sculpted cliffs, winding streams, and exotic plants. It is...
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Highlights: Ancient Stone City , 5 star beach resort and special oyster houses. Chongwu Ancient City : Chongwu Ancient City, located on the southern tip of Chongwu Peninsula, Fujian Province is a n...
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Anxi is a small and mountainous county in southeastern Fujian Province. The county has a tea farming history dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618 to 907). Anxi currently produces 15,000 tons of oolong...
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The Niumulin Natural Reserve was named after its shape looking like “a pregnant cow conceiving treasures”. It is a provincial natural reserve ossessing unique mountain landscapes. Within t...
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Enjoy the reputation of the Number One Waterfall of East China, Daixian Waterfall, Daixian Waterfall is located near the Shiniushan Tourist Resort, Shuikou Town, Dehua County, Quanzhou City. It drops ...
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