| Fuzhou Travel Guide
Located in the lower reaches of the Min River, the capital city of Fujian Province, Fuzhou City is situated in the eastern part of the Province. Fuzhou, the center of economic, political, cultural and transportation of Fujian Province, was so named after a mountain situated in the north called Mt. Fu. Additionally, many banyans were planted in the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and now provide shade for the entire city giving it another good name - Rong Cheng (Banyan City). Besides, the city is renowned for both quality and quantity of hot springs throughout China. The cultured sights of Fuzhou are not as overwhelming as many of the top attractions in China, but the modern infrastructures of supporting establishments for tourism are complete, and a dazzling array of local dishes and snacks await your patronage.
Fuzhou is both a historic and a cultural city with an over two-thousand-year of history and in 908, Fuzhou was expanded. This expansion included Mt. Yu, Mt. Wu and Mt. Ping within its jurisdiction. The city is also prosperous in culture, from the Tang (618-907) through to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911); there were thousands of Jinshi (a successful candidate in the highest imperial examinations) from Fuzhou. Many celebrated figures from Chinese history also hailed from this land, and thus, the birth of heroes also brings glory to such a place. Because of its long and flourishing history, there are many arts related industries represented, including the Three Treasures of Fuzhou (lacquer work, stone sculpting and cork cutting), a featured dining culture, and also traditional arts including Min Opera, etc. which still take an important role in today's Chinese culture.
The coastal location made it one of the first batches of cities in China to benefit from the opening and reform policy. Like in many other cities in the country, nothing can stop the rage of economic growth here.
The capital city of Fujian province in southeast China, Fuzhou boasts a history of around 2,000 years. The city is blessed with mild sub-tropical marine climate, and fantastic resources such as hot springs and seafood.
Fuzhou may not be the hottest travel destination in China, but even in ancient times, it was already a major gateway to the outside world. Therefore, despite valuing a rich Chinese tradition, the people of Fujian are known for their nomadic tendencies. Today, over 2.5 million overseas Chinese trace their roots back to Fujian.
In the heart of downtown Fuzhou, instead of skyscrapers, you will find a huge area of ancient residential buildings, which is a rarity in modern Chinese cities. This area is known as Sanfang-qixiang, namely, three lanes and seven alleys - a critical symbol of Fuzhou as a historic city.
The climate of Fuzhou is comfortable, affording tourists the opportunity to visit the city all the year round, especially between April and November. Fuzhou is a tourist city that boasts both natural and manmade sights. Famous mountains include Mt.Gu, Qi, Shizhu, Baiyan and Xuefeng etc. Famous temples include Yongquan, Xichan, Linyang, Fahai and Yunju etc. Famous tombs like Tomb of Lin Zexu etc. Famous gardens include West Lake etc. Famous towers include the White, Wu and Luoxing etc. and famous bridges including Wanshou and Longjiang etc. and also many former residences of celebrated historical figures. You may find that there are far too many things to see here in one short trip.
Here we have a simple introduction of orientation for guiding tourists' first trip through downtown Fuzhou. In terms of geography, the center of Fuzhou City is Wuyi Square and Dongjiekou is the commercial center of downtown Fuzhou. From railway station bus No. 20 will take tourists to Dongjiekou, Bus No. 51 will bring tourists to the crossing of Wusi Lu and Hudong Lu - the financial center of Fuzhou, and bus No. 821 will take tourists to Jinshan, the new expanded city area.
The tourism industry of Fuzhou with its sustainable, fast and healthy development is being perfected day by day. In this coastal city, the reception establishments related to tourism are modern. At present, there are over 80 stared hotels, and the recreational facilities are too numerous to mention. The transportation network of Fuzhou is well developed and incorporates the road, rail, water and aviation networks, providing your trip to Fuzhou with convenient all-around access.
Fuzhou will continue to develop its prosperous, modern and well rounded tourism industry. With its ancient culture and exquisite sights, the city welcomes the global tourist and we hope Fu (meaning good fortune in Chinese) zhou will both bless you and bring you back.Fuzhou is accessible by modern routes of communication. It welcomes tourists from abroad and elsewhere in China.
Fuzhou is a famous tourist city with beautiful and countless sceneries and an excellent city center, and with natural and manmade sights. There are famed mountains, temples, tombs, gardens, towers and bridges throughout Fuzhou.
The national scenic area-Mt. Gu (meaning drum hill in Chinese) is located in the eastern suburb of Fuzhou City and the evergreen mountain-Mt. Gu 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 Fuzhou. 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.
Situated in the north suburb of Fuzhou City, 7 kilometers (about 4.3 miles) away from the downtown area is Fuzhou National Forest Park and 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 Fuzhou National Forest Park
Located in the center of Fuzhous' 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 Fuzhou 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
Lin Zexu Memorial Hall, nesting in Macau Lu, and established in 1905, Lin Zexu Memorial Hall 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
West Lake Park, situated in the northwest of Fuzhou in Hubin Lu, 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 Fuzhou City and is called a pearl of gardens in Fujian Province.
Transportation: bus Nos. 1, 805, 810, 811, 818, 958 and 960
In the west of Fuzhou 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 more facinating attractions in Fuzhou City including the Zhuzifang Block (located in the central area of the downtown) and 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.
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.
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.
Not only are there ancient sights, there are also new places to be explored, Jinniu Shan Park, Minjiang Park, Mt. Qingyun and Shiba Chong Xi (brooks).
The well-known Mt.Wuyi is an important sight in Wuyi Shan City, Fujian Province. We will offer some information here on transportation to Mt. Wuyi for making your trip smooth.
Wuyi Shan Airport opened up the flight corridors from Wuyi Shan to Fuzhou, Xiamen, Beiing, Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai and Changzhou etc. Outside the airport, there are mini buses to take tourists to the scenic spots of Mt. Wuyi (about 2 yuan).
Mt. Wuyi Holiday Area neighbors Mt. Wuyi Scenic Spot so is convenient for tourists living in the holiday resort to visit this beautiful mountain. The holiday area is about 8 kilometers (about 5 miles) from Wuyi Shan Airport and 9 kilometers (about 5.6 miles) from Wuyi Shan Railway Station and 11 kilometers (about 6.8 miles) to Wuyi Shan downtown area.
An Air-conditioned express form Fuzhou, Xiamen and Quanzhou to Wuyi Shan operates once a day and now you can get to Wuyi Shan from Shanghai directly with a twice daily train service from Shanghai to Fuzhou, Wuyi Shan is a stop on the line. The minibus in Wuyi Shan Railway Station can take you to Mt. Wuyi Scenic Spot, the cost can be negotiated (about 10 yuan), which is very reasonable. If the train direct to Wuyi Shan is not available in your city, tourists should take train pass by Zhaowu stop of Fujian Province or Shangrao stop of Jiangxi Province, then a transfer bus at Zhaowu (once per hour) or Shangrao (once per hour) to Wuyi Shan.
Also there are regular buses from Nanping and Shaowu of Fujian Province and Shangrao of Jiangxi Province to Wuyi Shan daily. On the way from Mt. Wuyi to Wuyi Shan, tourists can wave down tourist buses to stop and pick them up.
Sights in Fuzhou City are splendid but refined. If you are interested in the landscape of south China, Fuzhou City is a good place to visit.