This temple is old and very interesting and has a nice serene atmosphere to it. I don't think the style is typical in fact it looked a little more "western" than other temples we have visited. The walls of the pagodas are faced in murals which reminded me a bit of India or of Angkor Wat. The gardens are lovely and peaceful,with old people playing...more
I don't know why this temple is not so famous as the Kaiyuan Si because we found it to be very interesting.The temple is very old and has an ornate roof in the typical style of South Fujian with colourful animals and dragons. Outside are many people selling incense and praying. There are also a great many beggars whom we found rather pushy,more so...more
We had heard that Arab traders used to live in Quanzhou in Marco Polo's time and hailing from the Middle East we were curious to see a Chinese Mosque. It was not quite as ornate or fascinating as the Buddhist temples we have seen but it was interesting and dates from over 1,000 years ago. Many parts have been rebuilt.more
We went round the little Overseas Chinese Museum which was free of charge and in my view rather interesting (maybe not for everyone)It describes the history of the Chinese who left Fujian Province to escape slave labour conditions as "coolies" for the Westerners and traveled to other parts of South East Asia such as Philippines,Vietnam and Malaysia...more
The West Lake Park is located in the north-west part of the city. It was called the "North-west Ocean" which was composed of three famous bridges, three sections of water and four small isles. Inside of this park there is the biggest lake in Quanzhou city. Here a lot of trees, flowers, birds and very quiet. best place for relaxing.Open time...more
Qingyuan Mountain is main attraction in Quanzhou, it is one of the national park in China. It covers area more than 56 sq.m. The mountain situated at the north part of Quanzhou.Here you can see the biggest statue in China of philosopher Lao Tse (Laozi). There is a legend that if you can touch his nose you will be the happiest person (his nose is...more
To be more exact, it's called the China Museum for Fujian-Taiwan Kinship, in Chinese it's the Min3 Tai2 Yuan2 Bo2 Wu4 Guan3. This's the only museum in mainland China that focuses on Taiwan. It opened in end-May 2006 and there's also a new Quanzhou Museum beside it. Admission is free.Actually, if you're able to see the entire museum compound from...more
One of the first bridges built over the sea, Luoyang Bridge is about 1000 years old. It has 834m long and 7m wide, with a lot of stone carvings.It's nearly half way between Quanzhou and Chongwu. The visit ould be done the same day as Chongwu. Eg. when returning to Quanzhou ask the bus driver to stop near the bridge. When you decide to leave the...more
If you like sacred mountains, Qingyuanshan is an interesting option. Of course it not as spectacular as Huangshan or Taishan, but the atmosphere is quieter: no crowd, no harrassing steet vendors, a kind of spirituality. You have also good views on Quanzhou. By climbing, you cross some Buddhist temples, Daoist shrines and Islamic tombs. At the top...more
As almost everywhere in Chinese cities, the ancient houses were destroyed and replaced by modern, but not very exciting, buildings. In Quanzhou a little group of ancient houses remain and it's a nice place to wander. Some of the houses are inhabited by a Muslim local minority.more
A Mosque that survived the destroying forces - but very ruined in fact. It is 1000 years old and it's quite fascinating because completly un-chinese. It offers the possibility to dream about the ancient harbour of Quanzhou when it was the starting point of the maritime silk road.A little museum details the history of Islam in Quanzhou.When you...more
This one was mentioned in Lonely Planet's 2002 China guide. Hey, if a writer in the Lonely Planet book tells you to go see some tree then it must be a truly remarkable tree worth a good look. Right?Actually there is a legend behind the tree that Lonely Planet does not tell you, perhaps because the accompanying sign does not have an English...more
I already stayed in this hotel twice. Good locaion, near 24h shop with food and stationary. Also...more
This hotel looked like a reasonable location but not too expensive. I booked it from elong.net for...more
I stayed here with some friends in the 1st week of October 2009, during the National Day holidays....more
For breakfast, porridge with a selection of side dishes that you can point-and-pick. Before 1000 every morning they offer all-you-can-eat plain porridge and sweet potato porridge for FREE, so I took full advantage of the offer -- only expenditure was half a salted egg for 0.5 RMB! Definitely the cheapest, most value-for-money (if you're a porridge...more
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Quanzhou's airport is at Jinjiang and with a rather limited flight schedule, especially when compared to Xiamen. Therefore, it's most possible that travellers will be flying to Xiamen airport and then changing to land transport to get to Quanzhou.Xiamen airport is north of the city. No need to go to town to get a long-distance bus to Quanzhou (or...more
The shop sells extraordinary finger puppets, ancient and recent. At certain times it offers shows.
The figures are extraordinary. Hand made, they make good souvenirs or gifts, but they are quite expensive.
For some local life, walk around in the area surrounding GP Hotel (in the evenings) or Kaiyuan Temple (in the daytime). I remember finding local wet markets and such around Kaiyuan Temple.There're actually a large number of active places of worship (mainly temples) dotted all around the city. I think walking or cycling around would be an excellent...more
About 3 kilometers north of Quanzhou is Qingyuan Mountain. Here you'll see an ancient statue of my fellow philandering philosopher Laozi. The five meter high statue was carved during the Song dynasty, making it over 1000 years old. Legend has it that if you rub his nose you'll live to be 120 years old! However after a thousand years of rubbing,...more
One of my favorite things about Quanzhou is its history as an international port. This allowed different religous beliefs from around the world to find their way into the city and surrounding area. There was a significant Muslim community living in Quanzhou as far back as the Tang dynasty over 1000 years ago.
The design of this structure is said to be based on a mosque in Damascus, Syria. Inside the mosque is a thousand year old well as well as a small museum that introduces Quanzhou's Islamic past.
Plans are now underway to build a magnificent new mosque beside Qingjing, one sporting two tall minarets that will tower over the town.