Quanzhou Travel Guide

  • Quanzhou
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  • Quanzhou
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  • Quanzhou
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Quanzhou Things to Do

  • Kaiyuan Temple

    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...

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  • Guandi Miao Temple

    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...

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  • Qingjing Mosque

    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.

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  • Interesting and FREE museum

    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...

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  • The West Lake Park

    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...

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  • Da Ping Shan

    The second tallest hill within in the city limits, crowned with a huge statue of a famous general riding a horse. A lot of people climb on the hill, there fanatstic view on Quanzhou city.

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  • Kai Yuan Temple

    A very old and famous pair of giant stone pagodas surrounded by temples and wonderful gardens and trees. Very big territory so you can walk here a long time. Unfortunately it is not possible to go inside of towers.Closed at 17 o'clock.

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  • Ashab Mosque

    One of the oldest Mosques in the world and the only one build in that century.Territory is very small, you will no see much there. Just some ruins, small mosque model, mango tree )asmission is 10 rmb

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  • Qingyuan Mountain

    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...

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  • China-Taiwan Friendship Museum

    I haven't visited this museum, just got picture outside. Very interesting buiding.Free admission, open 9:00-16:00

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  • Taiwan Museum

    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...

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  • Luoyang Bridge

    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...

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  • Visit Anxi - Fujian international tea...

    This one day trip offers the opportunity to visit a huge tea market and an interesting temple located in the mountains near Anxi.For more informations read my Anxi/Fencheng pages

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  • One day trip to Chongwu

    Take a bus, travel 1 hour and a half (50 Km east) and head on Chongwu, walled town at the seaside.For more information read my Chongwu pages

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  • Quanzhou Maritime Museum

    The museum has four exhibition halls: Quanzhou Overseas Communications, Quanzhou Religious Sculpture, Ancient Chinese Sailboats Models, and Quanzhou Customs and Culture. The Maritime Museum gives an excellent portrayal of the city throughout the ages.

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  • Qingyuanshan Mountains

    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...

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  • The Ancient House Group

    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.

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  • Qingjing Mosque

    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...

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  • Visit Kaiyuan Temple

    It dates from AD 686 and is flanked by two pagodas built much later. It is a very busy temple where many locals come to prey. It stands in big garden and has a large courtyard.It is at hiis best at the end the day when the sun rays animate the sculpture on the pagodas.

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  • Festive Spirit

    If you visit China during the Chinese New Year, you'll experience the festive spirit everywhere. Crackers, fireworks, peddlers with the traditional haw candies, street games and happy people decked in their best (clothes and mood)

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  • Another old tree at Kaiyuan Temple in...

    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...

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Quanzhou Hotels

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  • Quanzhou Hotel

    I already stayed in this hotel twice. Good locaion, near 24h shop with food and stationary. Also...

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  • World Trade Hotel

    This hotel looked like a reasonable location but not too expensive. I booked it from elong.net for...

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  • Diamond Hotel

    I stayed here with some friends in the 1st week of October 2009, during the National Day holidays....

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Quanzhou Restaurants

  • A busy and welcoming restaurant

    A very welcoming restaurant with some staff speaking english. Local people are numerous.Hakka food is different from the traditional Chinese cooking: you will discover new recipes. Try the dim sum.They don't have only large round tables but also tables for two.

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  • Cheapest Breakfast Ever

    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...

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Quanzhou Transportation

  • From Xiamen Airport

    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...

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  • To the Hui'an Women

    Bus to Chongwu cost 10 RMB; there's no timing specified on the ticket, but rather a latest time that you must use the ticket by -- mine was 1830 so I assume that's the last departure time. If you have to go via a change of buses at Hui'an, it'll cost you a few more RMB.

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  • Buses from Overseas Chinese Hotel

    Luxury express buses to Shenzhen (Shenzhen Qiaoshe) leave between 0900 and 2130.Express buses to Fuzhou (Minjiang Hotel or Fuzhou north long-distance bus station) leave hourly from 0700 to 1600, then 1730 and 1900. Price is 55 RMB.

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Quanzhou Shopping

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    by claude-andre Written Sep 22, 2008

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    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.

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Quanzhou Off The Beaten Path

  • Local Life

    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...

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  • My good buddy, Laozi!

    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,...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Quanzhou Favorites

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    by Confucius Updated Jun 13, 2005

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    Favorite thing: 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.

    Qingjing Mosque, Quanzhou, Fujian, China
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    • Religious Travel

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