About Quanzhou Travel

Introduction:Quanzhou, is o­ne of the most famous historical and cultural cities in China.the Quanzhou urban district is devided into Licheng District, Fengze District, Luojiang District, the Quang..

Districts: Fuzhou Fuding Jinjiang Liancheng Longyan Ningde Putian Quanzhou Sanming Shishi Wuyishan Xiamen Zhangzhou Fuqing Nanping AnXi ChangTing Fuan JianOu Longhai

Attractions: Quanzhou Overseas-relations History Museum Jiuri Mountain Qingjing Mosque Mount Qingyuan Quanzhou Kaiyuan Temple Quanzhou Chongwu Ancient Town Mount Qingyuan Yongquan Temple Taining Golden Lake Dongshan Island

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Quanzhou Introduction

Quanzhou, is o­ne of the most famous historical and cultural cities in China.the Quanzhou urban district is devided into Licheng District, Fengze District, Luojiang District, the Quangang District and it governs 3 county-level cities: Jinjiang, Shishi, the Nanan and 5 counties: Hui'an County, Anxi County, Yongchun County, Dehua County, Jinmen County as well as the Quanzhou economic development zone .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 Quanzhou the famous mother town of Chinese compatriots in Taiwan and overseas. The climate is warm and humid, comfortable for year-round travel, making Quanzhou a popular tourist destination.
The city of Quanzhou today is situated within a six-county prefectural-level administrative district with a population of approximately six million. This includes a municipal core with a population of around o­ne half million; within this is the city proper (also known as Licheng) which includes the Old City, a densely built 7-square-kilometer district with between 160,000 and 200,000 inhabitants. Confusion over population numbers is due largely to high rates of migration. Officials estimate that in 1993 the "floating population" of unregistered or "temporary" migrants from elsewhere added another 800,000 people to the six county region (an additional 13%) and 40-50,000 to the population of the old city. The migrants who comprise the floating population are drawn by the rapid expansion of the city's economy, driven in large part by commercial investment of overseas Chinese capital.
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, 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 Quanzhou.
In addition to places of historical interest, Quanzhou 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 Qingshui Yan temple is situated. Recreational parks near the mountains and along the sea add modern atmosphere to the city's glamour.
Quanzhou 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. Clever in art, Quanzhou people have created many folk operas including Nanyin, Gaojia Xi, Liyuan Xi and Marionette Show.
In Quanzhou, 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. Quanzhou also has many commercial streets for shopping, such as the Back City Street (Houcheng Street), Zhuangyuan Street, Zhongshan Road and Daxi Street.
Nightlife in Quanzhou 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. Office workers choose beauty parlors or gymnasiums for relaxation.

Quanzhou Traffic

By air:As o­ne of the most excellent tourist city, Quanzhou has good transport service for its guests. Its Jinjiang Airport provides a direct way to get to the city from many other cities especially in Southern China. Airline agencies such as China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Xiamen Airlines and Shanghai Airlines are operating over 126 regular flights all together every week. Their safe, efficient and wonderful service will make your journey a great enjoyment. Although there are no shuttle buses to the urban city, taxies and public buses are very convenient for you to take near the airport.
By train: Most of Quanzhou's railway connections operate o­nly within the counties or districts belonging to Quanzhou plus a few cities in neighboring provinces, so it's not very convenient for you to get there by train. However, you can travel to Xiamen Railway Station and then change a bus to Quanzhou from the Wucun Bus Station situated opposite to the railway terminus. Between 6:20 in the morning until 20: 30, the buses run every 20 minutes. Usually it will cost you about CNY32; drive time is between o­ne and two hours depending upon local conditions.
Alternatively if your approach is via Fuzhou Railway Station, you can take the luxury bus directly from Fuzhou to Quanzhou. These buses operate from the Fuzhou North Long-Distance Bus Station near the railway station. The earliest bus starts at 6:30 and the last o­ne leaves at 19:30; the buses operate at 20 minute intervals. It will take you two to three hours and the ticket price is from CNY50 to CNY70.
By long distance bus:Quanzhou City has five long-distance bus stations, of which the newest and busiest is the Quanzhou New Passenger Transport Station. It has many buses to and from other cities within Fujian Province, such as Xiamen, Fuzhou, etc. Also, due to the well developed highway facilities, buses can reach many cities in other provinces, such as Guangzhou, Qingdao, Hangzhou and Shanghai, etc. You can choose the luxury bus or the ordinary bus according to your preferences. o­nce you arrive here, the many city bus routes serve every corner of the city.
Address of Quanzhou New Passenger Transport Station: No.186, South Wenling Road
Phone Inquiries: 0595-22284141
By city bus :Quanzhou has some 22 city-bus routes covering most parts of the city. All buses stop at each station, where you will find route maps are displayed to assist you. Ticket prices vary according to the length of the journeys, ranging from CNY1 to CNY7. No.601 is the tourist bus operating between Qingyuan Scenic Spot and the Amusement Park. Practically all the city's tourist spots are to be found along this route and tickets have a flat price of just CNY1.
By taxi: Quanzhou is not a big city, but you can easily find taxis with logos of Fukang, Santana or Jetta shuttling o­n the streets. For all the taxi types, the flat rate fare is CNY6 for the first two kilometers (about o­ne mile); while the distance surcharge varies from CNY1.4 to CNY1.8 per kilometer (CNY2.2 to CNY2.9 per mile) according to the standard of the taxi.
If the taxi is delayed for no more than five minutes, there is no extra charge o­n condition that it is at your request or the speed of the taxi is less than 12 kilometers (about seven miles) per hour. But in other cases, you will be charged extras (One minute is valued equally to o­ne distance surcharge). If the taxi stops altogether over five minutes, for any reason you will be surcharged for each extra minute. From 23:00 at night to 5:00 next morning, you will have to pay extra money for each kilometer. The standard is CNY 0.2 per kilometer (about CNY0.3 per mile).
By water:Quanzhou is an offshore city with superior ports to transit passengers and goods. There are 24 ports operating passenger ships to other seaport cities such as Dalian, Shanghai, Hong Kong and even cities in Japan. Houzhu Port, Quanzhou Port and Shijing Port are also responsible to transit goods including coal, oil and containers to and from other cities.
Quanzhou Transportation Bureau of Tel :0595-22539168
Quanzhou taxi complaints Tel :0595-22599110
Long-distance stations complaints Tel:0595-22204707

Quanzhou Festivals

The Lantern Festival:
When we arrived at Quanzhou, it was the 15th day of the first lunar month--Yuanxiao Jie, known as the lantern Festival. Each year, there is an exhibition of coloured lanterns at night. Every family hangs red lanterns over their gates. Children carry all kinds of coloured laternns and in streets and squares, coloured lantern sheds are built for lantern exhibition. Everyone goes out to see the lanterns.The city of Quanzhou in southern Fujian is shaped like a carp. The main street, five kilometres in length, runs across the city. o­n the eve of the Lantern Festival, thousands of colourful lanterns decorate the buildings along the street.
Quanzhou has unique local customs. o­n the second day of the first lunar month, newly-married couples bring New Year's gifts to the woman's parents. When the couple returns home, the parents give them two lotus lanterns, o­ne white and the other red. o­n the night of the Lantern Festival, the young couple hang them beside their bed, and the they light candles in the two lanterns. After that they wait and see which candle burns out first. If the candle in the white o­ne burns out first, it means they will have a baby boy; if the candle in the red o­ne burns out first, it means they will have a girl.
In previous times, young women and men did not have free social contact. Therefore, the Lantern Festival became an opportunity to look for marriage partners. There is a famous love story from ancient times among the people of Quanzhou. At the Lantern Huang Wuniang. They fell in love at first sight. But Wuniang's father was greedy for San disguised himself as a tradesman who polished bronze mirrors. He went to Huang's home to polish their bronze mirrors. He went to Huang's home to polish their bronze mirror and broke the bronze mirror purposely. To pay for the mirror, he sold himself into the Huang family as a slave. By doing so, he had the chance to meet Wuniang secretly. At last he and Wuniang ran away from the family and got married.

The Dragon Boat Festival :
The Dragon Boat Festival, the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, has had a history of more than 2,000 years. It is usually in June in the Gregorian calendar. Zongzi is an essential food of the Dragon Boat Festival. It is said that people ate them in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). In early times, it was o­nly glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in reed or other plant leaves and tied with colored thread, but now the fillings are more diversified, including jujube and bean paste, fresh meat, and ham and egg yolk. If time permits, people will soak glutinous rice, wash reed leaves and wrap up zongzi themselves. Otherwise, they will go to shops to buy whatever stuff they want. The custom of eating zongzi is now popular in North and South Korea, Japan and Southeast Asian nations.
On Dragon Boat Festival, parents also need to dress their children up with a perfume pouch. They first sew little bags with colorful silk cloth, then fill the bags with perfumes or herbal medicines, and finally string them with silk threads. The perfume pouch will be hung around the neck or tied to the front of a garment as an ornament. They are said to be able to ward off evil.

Quanzhou Service Telephones

Quanzhou tourism complaints Tel :0595-22161098
Fujian Tourism complaints Tel :0591-87535640
National Tourism complaints Tel:-65275315
Fujian Provincial Tourism Quality complaints Tel :0591-7535640

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