Fuzhou (福州), Fujian, China Travel Guide


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Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China
Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China
Author: Zhou Yi (public domain)



Fuzhou (福州) is the capital and biggest city in Fujian Province, China. A prefecture-level city, Fuzhou is on the north-central coast of Fujian. It covers 12,000 sq km (4,634 sq mi) and has a population of 7.1 million people. Fuzhou comprises 5 districts, 2 county-level cities and 6 counties. The city observes the China Standard Time, which is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC+8). The phone area code for Fuzhou is 591.

Guide to Fuzhou Hotels

It's never easy finding the hotel that's just right for your stay. Still, by taking a little time to do your research, you increase your chance of getting a good hotel at the best price. Go through the list of hotels in Fuzhou which we've put together, with full description, star rating, address, location map and evaluation. Pick the hotel of your choice and view the rates offered by different booking sites. Yes, we show you prices from different websites, so you don't have to visit them one by one.


Downtown Fuzhou
Downtown Fuzhou
Author: Zhou Yi (public domain)

More about Fuzhou

Fuzhou is written in many ways including Foochow, Fuchow, Fuhchau, Fuh Chow, Hock Chew and Hokchew. The name Fuzhou means "Prosperous Region", and the city is also often nicknamed Rongcheng, meaning "city of banyan trees". While the exact date of Fuzhou's founding is not know, the city has ancient walls dating to 202 BC, when the Liu Bang, founding Emperor of the Han Dynasty, allowed the local reuler Wuzhu, to establish his capital in Fuzhou. That city was originally called Ye, but has been renamed over the course of history.

The area around Fuzhou has been receives successive waves of immigrants for centuries. The name Fuzhou may have dated back to 725 AD, during the Tang Dynasty. In AD 907, the Kingdom of Min was established, and the name exists today in the name of the Min River that flows through Fuzhou, as well as the Minnan language spoken (locally known as Hokkien) spoken in the city and province.


Hualin Temple, Fuzhou
Hualin Temple, Fuzhou
Author: GnuDoyng (public domain)

It was here in Fuzhou, from 1405 to 1433 AD, that the Ming imperial fleet of Admiral Zheng He left China to explore the southern seas, visiting places as far flung as the eastern coast of Africa.

Fuzhou experiences a humid subtropical climate. The hottest month is July, when the average high temperature may reach 34.1°C (93.4°F). Coldest month is January, when the average low temperature dips to 8.2°C (46.8°F). June is the wettest month, receiving 208.9 mm (8.22 in) of precipitation.


Xichansi Temple, Fuzhou
Xichansi Temple, Fuzhou
Author: Jack Parkinsons Pics (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Planning your trip to Fuzhou

You can fly directly to Fuzhou Changle International Airport (FOC). It is one of the airports approved to receive flights from Taiwan. There are regular flights connecting Fuzhou with major cities in China as well as with Hong Kong, Macau and Taipei. From the airport, you can catch a bus to downtown Fuzhou. The ride takes an hour and costs ¥20. Taxis cost ¥100 for the same journey.

Exploring Fuzhou

Taxis in Fuzhou are relatively inexpensive by Western standards. For most places, expect the fare to be between ¥8.00 to ¥30.00. The fare starts at ¥8.00 for the first 3 kilometers, and then ¥1.40 for every subsequent kilometer.


Min River, Fuzhou
Min River, Fuzhou
Author: GnuDoyng (public domain)

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Places of Interest in Fuzhou

  1. Baiyun Mountain
  2. Gu Mountain
  3. Hualin Temple
  4. Qi Mountain
  5. Three Lanes and Seven Alleys
  6. West Lake Park
  7. Wu Moountain
  8. Wuyi Square
  9. Xichansi Temple


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