This is an extraordinary active Buddhist Temple grounds. After being in the bustle of modern China, this is a step back into a truly peaceful, serene setting. The grounds are quite extensive, comparable to the size of a University. There are many buildings to duck in, beautiful craftmanship in every detail. You are allowed to take pictures in most...more
For 3RMB, or roughly .43 cents US, you can tour this wonderful Temple. It's on the smaller side, but the grounds are nicely maintained and it's very peaceful. The Temple was built around 964AD and is claimed to be the oldest surviving wooden structure in China. Carbon dating has shown the Temple to possibly be as old as the 4th or 5th Century AD....more
Pingshan Park has monkeys in it. But unlike the US where they would be in cages, they are loose in the park. We didn't know this until two of them dropped from the trees, grabbed my son's arms, and played tug-of-war with him. It was definately a unique experience! One of them later jumped on his head, too. The park itself is very pretty, with a...more
In the center of the city is Yu Hill. It covers 11.9 hectares. It is here that legend says the Taoism began. There are caves and temples on the hill, and over 100 stone inscriptions. When we got there, the amphitheatre was full and there was a performance of Peking Opera being staged.more
$90 US dollars a night HUGE rooms - 2 double beds, loveseat, 2 chairs, dresser and desk, plenty of...more
A 5-star hotel located in the central part of Fuzhou. The hotel water is pumped with hot spring...more
9 Xinquan South Road, Gulou District, Fuzhou, Fujian, 350005, China
Good for: Couples
Dicos was like the Chinese version of KFC. It is where my newly adopted son had his first taste of french fried and ketchup - a huge hit, and Coke - he thought the bubbles were there to kill him!! The one we went to had a play area for the kids which was great after a long day. The chicken sandwich was very good, as was all the food that we...more
We ate a very nice, elegant local restuarant that is famous for it's dumplings. Of course, we didn't know that and didn't order any! The waitresses were in beautiful cheongsans, the waiters in tuxes. Be sure to bring a camera to take photos of the guy pouring tea. We missed it :( We had a huge array of different dishes, but the most notable was a...more
Doesn't need description! The best thing was the unique China themed toys that were sale for the kids. Where else can you get Hello Kitty dress in a cheongsan? Ice cream, a rare find in China, really hit the spot after a hot day of touring the city. There are locations all over but if you are there for adoption travel, there is a McDonald's right...more
The hotel restaurant has some of the best food in town. The breakfast buffet was great, except for no syrup for the pancakes. Eggs made to order, lots of American and Asian choices. The dinner buffet also was terrific. The cauliflower is the best I ever had. The orange juice was the best, very sweet and perfect with everything. Courteous staff with...more
The price was great. Three adults and three kids ate for about 200 yuan. We got dessert, beer, as well as the entrees above. We had the best dinner here. We ordered a beef dish, like our steak, a chicken dish, a seafood dish, as well as rice and veggies. Nothing was in English, so we just pointed to what we wanted in a guidebook. It was BY FAR the...more
Main railway station for Fuzhou. We arrived here from a 5-hour train ride from Wuyishan, Fujian Province.
The street/alley that is behind the Lakeside Hotel has a great open air market where there is a little of everything for sale. Be sure to have a calculator with you to bargain-I never paid more than half what they were asking.
What to buy: I bought kids clothes and shoes. If I hadn't been loaded with the baby and diaper bag, I would have tried on some of the adult clothes and shoes, too. It looked like great deals on all of the stuff.
What to pay: $2-3 for a pair of shoes (kids), $5 for 2 piece outfits for kids.
Regardless of what religion you espouse, it is alway interesting to see how the local religion is practiced. We went to a Buddhist temple complex, with many temples and Buddhas throughout. But what most impressed me was all the incense being burnt, and how the wonderful smell wafted through the whole temple complex.more
As in much of China, the people of Fuzhou dress warmly in the "winter". When we were there in January, the weather was in the 60's, sometimes 70's, but the people were dressed in winter coats and many layers. We thought it was warm and wore short and attracted attention. Even the pets wear coats :)more
Near the panda zoo is the stone market that sells amazing carvings from Shoshan stone, which is only found in Fujian province. It is a stone that comes in many colors with marble-like streaks. The carvings are very intricate. I bought chops for my husband and son there and we got to watch the carver at work.