Quanzhou Travel Guide

Quanzhou Travel Guide

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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 the city the famous mother town of Chinese compatriots in Taiwan and overseas. The climate is warm and humid, comfortable for year-round travel, making it 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, Heavenly Empress (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 this city.

In addition to places of historical interest, this city 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 Water Rock Temple is situated. Recreational parks near the mountains and along the sea add modern atmosphere to the city's glamour.This city has convenient transportation facilities. Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport supports flights not only to many cities of inland China but also to Hong Kong and Manila. Quanzhou Railway Station operates trains to 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, the city offers access by water to and from Jinmen, Taiwan.

It 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.

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. It also has many commercial streets for shopping, such as the Back City Street (Houcheng Street), Zhuangyuan Street, Zhongshan Road and Daxi Street.

Nightlife in this city 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. Clever in art, local people have created many folk operas including Nanyin, Gaojia Xi, Liyuan Xi and Marionette Show. Office workers choose beauty parlors or gymnasiums for relaxation.
- Last modified on Nov. 07, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Quanzhou Travel
Asked by Lorenzo from ITALY | Nov. 06, 2018 07:01Reply
Is possible to sleep in Dapu Town?
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Answered by Simon from GERMANY | Nov. 07, 2018 01:45

Of course, there are hotels in this town, such as Dapu Hotel. You can take a look.
Asked by Lorenzo from ITALY | Nov. 04, 2018 04:44Reply
I'll be in Quanzhou in few days, how to reach Dapu Town, home of the incense maker?
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Answered by Fritz from USA | Nov. 05, 2018 00:16

You can take the bus at Quanzhou Central Bus Station where there are about 6 buses every day to Dapu Town.
Answered by Lorenzo from ITALY | Nov. 05, 2018 20:20

QZ central station is close to QZ train station? Do you know if it's possible to sleep in Dapu Town?
Asked by Mel from SINGAPORE | Nov. 02, 2018 02:37Reply
Arriving on 8 Dec to Quanzhou and could like to visit around the area like Putien and Xiamen.
Do you have a small group tour for that. I am also open to hiring a private guide if the charges are reasonable.
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Answered by Dana from UNITED KINGDOM | Nov. 05, 2018 00:29

You can ask the hotel you live in to help you book a car or a tour.
Asked by Ahui from INDONESIA | Oct. 24, 2018 21:04Reply
Hi, please advise below transportation from quanzhou airport to anxi county which one applicable ?
1. Bus - Please advise details location, bus no and Fare
2. Train - Please advise details location and Fare
3. Taxi - Please advise Fare
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Answered by Rena from USA | Oct. 25, 2018 19:21

If you choose the bus from QZ to Anxi, you can first take the bus K604 at the airport and get off at No.1 Highway Road and then walk about 8 minutes to the Passenger Service Center Bus Station where there are buses to Anxi departing from 07:30 to 20:10 every day. The ticket fare is CNY 18 - 24.

There is no direct train from QZ to Anxi and you are not advised to get there by train.

The taxi fare may be about CNY200 -220.
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