Fujian Province, a spectacular historical Chinese tourist destination

Fujian Province, a spectacular historical Chinese tourist destination

You will have unforgettable moments when visiting Fujian. No place that has such a linguistical and cultural diversity as Fujian. In the eye of the domestic, it is where the Chinese culture and language treasures are preserved. If you only have one destination in your itinerary with the purpose as to discover the culture of China, I would suggest you choose only Fujian.  In this article, I will go in a little more detail about this astonishing province.

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An overview of Fujian

Area 120000 square kilometers
Population 39 million
Time zone GMT+8
Main ethnic groups Manchu, Miao, Hui
Zip Code Fuzhou 350000, 350100, 350200, 350300, 350400, 350500, 350600, 350700, 350800
Xiamen 361000, 361100
Quanzhou 36200, 362100, 362100, 362600, 362700, 362400, 362500, 362200, 362300
Putian 351100, 351200
Sanming 365000, 365300, 365100, 354400, 365200, 366100, 365400, 366100, 365500, 353300, 354500, 366000
Zhangzhou 363000, 363200, 363400, 363800, 363300, 363500, 363900, 363600, 363700, 363100
Nanping 353000, 354100, 354000, 354200, 353200, 353400, 353500, 353600, 354300, 353100
Longyan 364000, 364200, 364400, 366300, 364100, 364300, 366200
Ningde 352000, 352300, 355300, 355100, 352200, 355500, 355400, 355000, 355200

Fujian is in the Southeastern coast of China. It meets Jiangxi to the west, Zhejiang to the north, an island of Taiwan to the north and Guangdong to the south. Being next to Taiwan has brought many financial advantages for Fujian, making it have above the national average GDP. The terrain is mainly mountains with a massive area of forest. It also has a long coastline along with lots of peninsulas and archipelagoes.

How is the weather in Fujian?

It is quite cool and mild even in the winter. As a result, the weather is hospitable for tourists to travel here every season. However, you should consider traveling Fujian in summer as it will be attacked by some typhoons coming from the Pacific.

How to reach Fujian from Beijing?

The distance from Beijing to Fujian is approximately 1760 kilometers. The best ways to reach Fujian from Beijing are either by train or by aviation. Currently, there are no public buses or highway to transfer you from Beijing to Fujian directly; you may have to transit and it takes lots of time.

You can choose to fly by China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Air China, and some more Chinese airplanes from Capital Airport. The flight is in about 3 hours with the price range from 300 dollars to 400 dollars. You will depart in one of three Fujian airports: Jinjiang Airport, Xiamen Airport, and Fuzhou Airport.

If you want to experience the railway in China, you can go by train at a cheaper price. Your destination in Fujian is Xiamen North Railway Station, from Beijing South Railway Station. There is only China Railway carry you. If you go by train, it takes you half of a day to finish the road. Depending on your seat class that your ticket will have a considerable price.

How is transportation in Fujian?

The roads and railways in Fujian are just developed recently as people rely on maritime transportation. The highways are about 55 kilometers in total while expressways are approximately 3500 kilometers. In Fujian, there are 7 airports; 4 international airports are Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Jinjiang international Airport, Fuzhou Changle International Airport, and Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport; 3 national airports are Longyan Guanzhishan Airport, Nanping Wuyishan Airport, and Sanming Shaxian Airport.

What are the places to visit in Fujian?

When coming to Fujian, your difficulty is which attraction to visit, not because there is a lack of destination, but because there are too many destinations to choose from. Here has 4 World Heritage Sites recognized from UNESCO, including:

Fujian Tulou

Fujian Tulou

It can be also called as “Fujian earthen buildings”, which is impenetrable. It is one of the most distinctive architecture in China that you can’t find anywhere else. This fortified earth building has circular or rectangular formation. The 6-feet outer is made of bamboo, stone and other materials by Hakka people. It only has one big main gate to enter. This earthen building can house about 800 people, containing stores, a well in the middle, halls, and living areas. There are more than 20000 earthen buildings found in Fujian.

Danxia landform (China Danxia)

Danxia landform (China Danxia)

Danxia has an interesting geomorphic structure. It is an extraordinary type of Chinese petrographic geomorphology. It looks like being formed by limestones, but the textures are red conglomerates and sandstones. It is a famous place for both geology studies and tourism. Danxia is not only in Fujian but also in other provinces such as Hunan, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, and Guizhou; there are 6 Danxia landform areas in total.

Mount Wuyi (Wuyishan)

Mount Wuyi (Wuyishan)

There is no sign of artificial construction here; the pure nature is well-preserved in Mount Wuyi. It has 36 peaks, 72 caves and 99 cliffs in total. Each peak has its distinctive formation, which attracts the curiosity of tourists. The stream here is extremely blue like sapphire. Mount Wuyi is famous for high vegetation diversity; it has the largest subtropical forests and rainforests. The Mount Wuyi’s fauna is also extremely abundant with over 5000 species, some are even unusual and rare. Moreover, the tea cultivation here has been existing since the ancient time with the four most famous original tea including White Cockscomb, Golden Turtle, Iron Arhat, and Big Red Robe.

Kulangsu (Historic International Settlement)

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Kulangsu is an elegant island off the coast in Fujian. It has attracted over 10 million tourists every year. One special thing about this island is cars and bicycles are abandoned, only electric vehicles are permitted. Architecture is the specialty that helps Kulangsu being the World Heritage Site. There is also a piano museum, and this museum is so popular that Kulangsu has a nickname of “The Town of Pianos”, or “Piano Island”.

Besides, there are more attractions to discover such as Yongquan Temple, Gulangyu Island, Guanghua Temple, Kaiyuan Temple, Mount Taimu, etc. They are religious structures with a lot of Taoist and Buddhist temples along with pagodas. Some 19th century Christian churches exist too.

Which dishes should you try in Fujian?

Fujian cuisine is one of the eight main cuisines in China, so there is no doubt about how mouth-watering the dishes are. The main ingredient in Fujian cuisine is seafood with the main methods are boiling, stewing, steaming, and braising. Some characteristic dishes are Buddha jumping over the wall (seafood and poultry casserole), fish bail soup, Tai Chi prawns, steamed strengthening fish, etc.

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