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Travel Destinations: Fujian Province, China

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Travel Destinations: Fujian Province, China

Fujian Province is one of the most beautiful regions in China – a lush coastline, deep clear blue waters, steep mountains and fertile snaking river valleys; Fujian Province is everything that you could possibly want in a trip to China.

For centuries, Fujian has been a flourishing region, the coastline being important in trade, and still today you will find it a busy place. However, Fujian is much more relaxed than other places such as Beijing and Shanghai. The mountainous interior remains virtually unexplored by tourists; these mountains and lush rolling hills provide fantastic hiking trails for the curious.

FUZHOU:

The capital of the province, Fuzhou is a thoroughly modern Chinese city but still remains proud of its long history dating back to the 3rdcentury CE. Even Marco Polo travelled here and called it a ‘veritable marvel’.

There may only be a few cultural attractions here but what there is here is definitely worth taking a look. The Jade Hill Scenic Area is a green oasis in the middle of the urban jungle where you will find the White pagoda dating back to 904 CE. Black Pagoda is nearby. A trip to West Lake Park, the Fujian Provincial Museum and the Taijiang Harbour are also sights to see here.

TAIMU MOUNTAIN:

Taimu Mountain is a beautiful rugged mountain, surrounded on all sides by impressive views of the sea and its peaks wrapped in an ever-lasting sheath of mist, making it look like something out of an ancient Chinese fairytale. The trails here are brilliant and there are many other things to see here – you will find a number of karst caves, ancient temples and hoodoos. There are 36 temples on the mountain; some of the best are Guoxing Temple and the One Tile Temple.

XIAMEN:

Known more popularly to the West as Amoy, Xiamen is considered the prettiest city in Fujian. You will find many old colonial homes here as well as a popular waterfront district. Come here to visit the Nanputuo Temple which is over a thousand years old; the Xiamen University; the Overseas Chinese Museum; and a trip here is never complete until you take a visit over to the island of Gulang Yu just a short boat ride away.

YONGDING:

This is a rolling farmland region, lush and fertile, and home to the Hakka people. In the Jin Dynasty, the Hakka people were forced to migrate to the south to escape persecution and famine; eventually, they settled in Fujian, Guangdong and Jiangxi provinces.

This area is simply beautiful. It is a landscape full of emerald green fields, lush vegetation and serene hills just waiting for you to explore. It is famous for its tulou (earth buildings) which many are available to visit.

GUANZHOU:

Quanzhou was once one of the most important trading ports in China and one of the stops on the maritime Silk Road. Today, it is a smaller city than Fuzhou and Xiamen, but it makes up for it in cultural attractions and personality.

Come here to see the Kaiyuan Temple, one of the oldest temples in the city, dating to 686 CE. The Qingling Mosque is a great place to visit, as well as the Puppet Museum, the Guandi Temple, the Mazu Temple and the Maritime Museum.

Fujian is a beautiful province and a place to explore if you are able to spend a week or two here. What are you waiting for?

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