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Longyan Map Chinese Name: 龙岩市 (lóng yán shì)

Population: 2,875,000

Area: 19,050 square kilometers (7,355 square miles)

Nationalities: Han

Administrative Division: 1 district (Xinluo); 5 counties (Changting, Yongding, Shanghang, Wuping, Liancheng); 1 county-level city (Zhangping)

Seat of the City Government: No.62, Heping Road, Xinluo District

Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0597-2336649
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184

Bank of China Longyan Branch: Longchuan Road, Xinluo District
China Post Longyan Branch: Xi'an Road (South), Xinluo District

Location: Longyan is seated in western Fujian Province, bordered by Quanzhou and Sanming in east and north. It also neighbors Ganzhou of Jiangxi Province in the west and Meizhou of Guangdong Province in the south.

Chengqi Tower, Yongding, Longyan
Chengqi Tower, Yongding, Longyan
History: During the Jin Dynasty (265-420), Xinluo County was set up here, belonging to the territory of Jin'an Shire. The Tang Dynasty (618-907) established Tingzhou in this region which is the old name for Longyan.

Physical Features: General terrain of Longyan descends from east and north to west and south. Mountains and hills zigzag northeast-southwest parallelly, occupying nearly eighty percent of the city's land area.

Climate: Longyan belongs to the subtropical zone, enjoying an oceanic monsoon climate. Its weather is moderate all the year round. Without chilly winter and torrid summer, the annual average temperature falls between 18 and 20 degree centigrade (64 and 68 degree Fahrenheit).

When to Go: The city is an all-year-round tourist destination.

Special Local Products: Chanting dried bean curd, Liancheng dried sweet potato, Zhangping dried bamboo shoot, Xinluo rice noodle and peanut, Wanying tea, Xuan paper (Chinese calligraphic paper), Shuixian Cha Bing (cake-shaped compressed tea), Yongding persimmon

 Attractions: 

Zhencheng Tower, Yongding, Longyan
Zhencheng Tower, Yongding, Longyan
Earth Towers of the Hakkas:
Tulou is a kind of traditional rammed citadel of the Hakkas. The resident building can be round and square. In Yongding County, there are entirely three hundred and sixty round houses and four thousand square houses. The grand complex of Hakka residence in Yongding show best the intelligence of the Hakka, added luster to Chinese traditional architecture.
 
Guanzhai Mountain:
Located 0.6 miles to the eastern suburb of Liancheng County in Fujian Province, Guanzhai Mountain is renowned for its majestic, attractive scenic sight as well as the unique Danxia landscape. The shape of the mountain is like the crown of Xiezhi that is a strange beast in Chinese ancient legend, hence the mountain’s name “Guanzhai”.

Covering an area of 47 square miles, Guanzhai Mountain scenic spot is a combination of mountains, lakes and rivers, caves and temples. Lingzhi Peak, shaped like a fungi, is the main peak, measuring 2,168 feet in height. Stand upon its flat topped summit, you will see a panoramic vista of villages amongst green field toward the west. To the east, high cliffs stand majestically, stacked one upon another. Wulao Peak to the southwest, rises close to Lingzhi Peak. There is a crevasse between the two peaks, called “Yi Xian Tian” (a gleam of sky).

Guanzhai Mountain also is blessed with notable manmade landscapes, among which are the academies of classical learning built during the Song (960-1279), Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties in the majority with Yangzhi Pavilion, Qiushi Academy, Xiuzhu Academy and Dongshan Cottage being the more famous ones. There are two temples: Fayun Temple built in the late Song Dynasty, and Lingzhi Temple mainly offers sacrifice to Kwan-yin, the mercy Buddha.

Due to its striking beauty, Guanzhai Mountain attracted countless men of letters to leave a great many precious calligraphies and paintings at these sites. Today, more and more visitors come here for activities such as mountain hiking, sightseeing or just to relax.

 Travel Tips:
Liancheng (Guanzhaishan) Airport stands in Jiangfang Village Lianfeng Town. It is 3.9 kilometers (2.4 miles) from Liancheng County, just at the foot of the Guanzhai Mountain. Longyan city proper is about 106 kilometers (66 miles) from the airport. Every week there are three flights to Fuzhou. And from Fuzhou, visitors can change flights to other cities. Additionally, they can also have the aid of the Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, and it is about one and a half hours' drive between Xiamen and Longyan through the expressway. 

Longyan Bus Station: at the juncture between Xi'an Road (South) and Qiaomin Road, Xinluo District, Longyan City