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Fuzhou

City of Banyan Trees

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  • General Information

    Other Name: NA, District: Fujian, State: East China, China
    Area: 12000 kmĀ²
    Languages Spoken: Mendarin
    Long Distance Code: +86591
    Importance: Today it is the provincial capital and administrative center, and also a major center for light industry.
    Best Time to Visit: October to December and February
    International Access: Connected with all Chinese cities.
  • Description

    Fuzhouis the capital and the largest prefecture-level city of Fujian province, People's Republic of China. It is also referred to as Rongcheng which means "city of banyan trees."
  • Location

    Is situated on the north bank of the estuary of Fujian's largest river, the Min River.
  • Climate

    Warm and Humid Climate
The sight that has the strongest attraction is Yongquan Temple (Yongquan si), which got its name from the spring in front of its gate. For over one thousand years, it has been the foremost temple in Fuzhou, probably because of the collection of 20000 Buddhist scriptures, of which 700 are allegedly written in blood.

How to get Drum Hill : Take bus No.39 from Wuyi Zhong Lu or from Gutian Lu for RMB3. As an alternative, you may take a minibus from Wuyi Square for RMB7 more.
The park does have a variety of interesting sights that are possibly worth a visit. There is the Zoo (Dongwuyuan) and the nearby Panda World. Far more interesting are the Fuzhou Provincial Museum (Fujiansheng bowuguan) and the Anti-Opium Pavilion.

Situated at the northern end of West Lake Park, the Provincial Museum is one of Fujian's largest and best museums, holding an interesting collection of exhibits and artifacts. The most famous of these, a 3500 year old coffin boat discovered in Wuyishan Cave, is of particular interest.

Located on the western slope of Yu Hill (Yu shan), the White Pagoda (Bai ta), together with the temple surrounding it and a nearby exhibition of a Song Dynasty tomb, is one of the most famous Buddhist venues in Fuzhou.
This is a fairly popular tourist area, considered the cultural heart of Fuzhou, and so is often packed with visitors. The White Pagoda is worth a look, as are the nearby exhibition of a Song Dynasty

How to get Yu Hill : Conveniently located in the city center, it is easily accessible by taking a minibus for RMB3.
Opening hours and Cost: Daily, 8am-6pm.