Fujian is a mountainous province that looks primarily out to the South China Sea and as such it has a certain feeling of independence from China. Indeed it remained the semi-independent kingdom of Min Yue for the period 330 to 110 BCE before it was conquered and assimilated by Han Emperor Wudi. In the last days of the Song dynasty (1276-1279) Fujian was the last refuge from the conquering Mongols. Hakka people live in the south west of the province and still use their own language. The coast has a scattering of old attractive ports and islands on a rugged coastline. Inland there are high mountains which still harbor rare tigers. The moist air hanging over the mountains makes Fujian an ideal location for the growing of tea.
Popular Cities: Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Xiamen, Zhangzhou, Putian, Longyan
Average temperature: 5°C to 12°C (41°F to 53.6°F) in January, 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F) in July.
Places to visit
1. The province capital of Fuzhou is a city with many historical monuments. Surrounded by mountains, Fuzhou is also a beautiful city astride the Minjiang The Drum Hill suburban Fuzhou affords fine views of both the sea and river, and is an ideal scenic spot for outing.
2. The charming coastal city of Xiamen is famous for its mild climate and exuberant flora. Gulangyu Island, a hilly islet to the west of the city, fascinates people with its attractive hillocks and grotesque rocks. No wonder it is called “a garden on the sea” and “an island of music”. In Xiamen, other monuments worth visiting are the Nanputuo (Southern Putuo Temple), Jimei (a school village).
3. Zhangzhou is sited on the Jiulongjiang (nine dragon river) it boasts many temples including the Southern Mountain Temple and the Precious Hall of the Great Hero. Zhangzhou is world famous for its lichee, banana, longan and narcissuses. Its narcissuses sell well in Southeast Asia and West Europe.
4. Quanzhou, an ancient city, has many historical sites like the Kaiyuan Temple, built some 1,000 years ago, is well known for the 24 statues of flying musicians carved on pillars supporting the roof of its main hall. The upper part of the statue is that of a woman and lower part that of a bird, a masterpiece rarely seen in temple buildings across the country.
5. Mount Wuyi, listed among key scenic spots in the country, has been lavishly praised by poets ancient and modern alike. The view of its nine-zigzag stream and thirty-six peaks is just breathtaking. Tourists can either climb to the top of Mt. Wuyi to have a bird’s-eye view, or row down the stream on a bamboo raft to enjoy the scenery alongside the stream. With its picturesque mountain peaks and clear stream water, Mt. Wuyi provides an attractive escape from the city life.
6. Jinhu Lake is widely appreciated for its scenic beauty. The ancient Tulou Houses of the Hakka people can be seen at Gaobei; Tianluokeng; Hongkeng and Chuxi. The rocky coastline includes many islands and sandy beaches including those near Xiamen; Pingtan and Putian. There are remnants of old folk traditions in places including Quanzhou puppetry and a local, distinctive Opera tradition. Handicrafts in lacquer-work, bamboo and shells are available widely.