Quanzhou Travel Guide

Quanzhou Travel Guide

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Quanzhou Facts

Chinese Name: 泉州 (quán zhōu)
Population: 8,700,000
Area: 11,014.8 square kilometers (4,252.8 square miles)
Location: on the southeast coast of Fujian Province, southeast China
Area Code: 0595
Zip Code: 362000
GDP (2018): CNY 846.8 billion (USD 128 billion)
Administrative Division: 4 districts (Licheng, Fengze, Luojiang, Quangang); 3 county-level cities (Jinjiang, Shishi, Nan'an); 5 counties (Hui'an, Anxi, Yongchun, Dehua, Jinmen).

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 updated on Jul. 13, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Quanzhou Travel
Asked by Mary Lynn Milne from CANADA | Jul. 09, 2021 10:48Reply
Address and email address for the Quanzhou Puppet Factory and Puppet Museum
I would like to make contact. Can you help? Thank you.
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Answered by Sharon | Jul. 12, 2021 20:34

Sorry, I didn't find their contacts.
Answered by Mary Lynn Milne | Jul. 13, 2021 06:04

Thanks anyway. I appreciate the reply and the excellent information about Quanzhou. David Zeng and his family own the Puppet Factory and Museum, unless they sold it, which is unlikely. I would very much like to get in touch with him again. If you happen to chance upon his email address, please advise. Thanks.
Asked by Happyflyer from SINGAPORE | Nov. 04, 2019 09:28Reply
Travelling distance from Nan’an FanHua hotel to nearest shopping for clothes and shoes in Quanzhou?
Staying over nan’an for only a night but realised there is not shopping Malls in Nan’an. Is Quanzhou shopping mall very far from Nan’an FanHua hotel? What is the best way to travel for foreigner?
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Answered by Fiona from MALAYSIA | Nov. 06, 2019 18:24

There is a big shopping mall called Zhongmin Baihui (Quanxiu Road) in Quanzhou city. You can take taxi to Youdian xincun station, then take bus k201 to Quanzhou Coach station, then walk west around 250m to it. It takes around 1.5 hours.
Asked by Roger's from UGANDA | Aug. 28, 2019 12:05Reply
Kilometers from airport to quanzhou
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Answered by Ronnie from NEW ZEALAND | Aug. 29, 2019 23:47

The distance is around 25km.
Asked by ke yi yong from SINGAPORE | Apr. 20, 2019 22:46Reply
what bus from xiamen gaoqi airport to shishanzhen?
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Answered by Brianna from CANADA | Apr. 24, 2019 19:34

Do you refer to Shishanzhen in Foshan, Guangdong Province?
Asked by Ernie from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 01, 2019 05:59Reply
How do I get to Quanzhou Southern Shaolin International School from Xiamen?
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Answered by Levi from FINLAND | Apr. 09, 2019 19:38

It is advised to take bullet train from Xiamen North Railway Station to Quanzhou Railway Station first. Then take public bus no.45 to Wanhong Road. Afterwards, walk northeast around 850 meters to find the destination.
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