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Fujian Province, with its capital Fuzhou, is located on China's southeastern coast. It faces the island province of Taiwan across Taiwan Strait to the east. Neighboring  Zhejiang Province to the north, Jiangxi Province to the west, and Guangdong Provicne  to the south, Fujian Province occupies an area of around 120,000 square kilometers . Its permanent resident population is slightly above 34.7 million. Many minority ethnic groups live in Fujian province: Hui, Miao and Manchu.

FujianFacts of Fujian Province:

English Name: Fujian
Chinese Name: 福建 ( Fu Jian )
Abbreviation: 闽 (Min)
Administration Type:Province
Capital: Fuzhou
Location: on the southeast China coast
Area:120,000 square kilometers

Population (2015): 34,8 million
Major Ethnic Group: Hui, Miao, Manchu

Tourism Cities in Fujian

  • Quanzhou

  • Sanming

  • Ningde

History of Fujian

Fujian was called the Region of Minyue (Seven Min Tribes) in ancient times. During Qing Dynasty, the prefecture of Min-Zhong was launched to govern Dongye (now called Fuzhou). In the 2nd year of Shi-Yuan (Emperor Zhao) of Western Han (85 B.C.), the name was changed into Prefecture Ye, and Dong-Hou-Guan during Han Dynasty. 

In the 21st year of Kai-Yuan reign of Tang Dynasty (year 733), the post of Fujian Military Commissioner was officially launched, and the province was hereafter called Fujian. During Southern Song, there are one prefecture, five subprefectures and two military prefectures, and Fujian was therefore also called "Eight Min". 
Fujian has been an important culture center and trade center in the history, i.e., "Maritime Silk Road", starting-point of Zheng He's voyages and Islam base. Fuzhou and Xiamen have also been listed as one of five treaty ports, while the Port of Mawei was the cradle for the modern shipbuilding industry and scientific talents. 

What to see in Fujian ?

Fujian Hakkas TowerFujian is blessed with a rich history, famous historical sites and beautiful natural landscapes. These make Fujian a unique tourist attraction. However, it is not yet a much worn traveler's path.

Earth Towers of the Hakkas in Yongding area are the much fabled mountain residences in this world of make believe. The industrious and facile Hui'an women in the south of Fujian add much to their folk customs. The Kaiyuan Temple looks splendid, glittering and grand despite its age. Fujian also is a place where famous national heroes like Lin Zexu and Zheng Chenggong lived and won their seats of honor in history books.

Oolong tea produced in Fujian is famous, so if you have a chance to visit this province, you must taste it there with relish.

Wuyi Mountain TourMount Wuyi (Wu Yi Shan) may enlighten you with its wonderland tour. Its beautiful mountains, vigorous rocks and limpid waters are legendary. Gulangyu Island, also called "the Garden on the Sea" by people in Xiamen, is a world of sea breezes, sunshine and exotic architecture with a Mediterranean flavor. Nanputuo Temple, among the four well-known Buddhist shrines in the nation, has the longest and most prestigious history.

Meizhou Island-At Meizhou bay mouth in the middle of the west bank of Taiwan Strait lays Meizhou Island. It has a land area of 14.35 km2 and a population of 39,000. In 1988, Meizhou Island was approved by Fujian Provincial government as a tourism economic zone open to the outside, and as one of the first 12 national tourist resorts approved by the State Council in 1992. It is a 4A national tourist attraction.

When to visit Fujian ?

Fujian has a subtropical climate, with warm winters. In January the coastal regions average around 7-10 degrees Celsius while the hills average 6-8 degrees Celsius. In summer temperatures are high, and province is threatened by typhoons coming in from the Pacific. Average annual precipitation is 1400-2000 mm. So it is hospitable in all seasons for travelers in this province.

How to get there ?

Since the reform and opening up, the communications and transportation industry of Fujian has seen rapid development. A comprehensive transportation network, with railways, highways, waterways and airways as its backbone, has basically been set up. Railways:There are 2 main lines, namely, Yingxia and WaiFu. Besides the Hengnan Railway and the Zhang-Quan-Xiao Railway will also be coppleted in 1997. 
The construction of the third railway connecting with the rest of China , from Longyan to Meizhou and the railways of Wen(zhou) Fu(zhou) lines and Zhang(zhou) Chao(zhou) Shan(tou) line also starts one after another.

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