Kempinski Blog Article
An extensive port city with a long history, Fuzhou is one of the largest cities in China’s southeast, and the capital of Fujian province. With its Banyan trees, famous gardens and ancient temples, Fuzhou is an exciting city, surrounded by amazing natural scenery.
The city has long been a place of high importance in China, and over the centuries the wealth of the city has led to it becoming a destination for artists and their followers.
Any visitor to Fuzhou should take some time to seek out the Three Treasures of Fuzhou – lacquer work, shoushan alabaster sculpting and cork cutting. All involve incredibly intricate work by artists with the most skilled of touches, particularly the stone and cork creations, which take the form of extremely detailed friezes depicting scenes from the province and its scenic rural highlands, as well as creatures from Chinese myth.
If you are looking for a souvenir to take home to remind you of your trip, make sure you visit some of the many galleries in the city.
The most convenient way to visit Fuzhou is by plane, arriving at the city’s international airport. Connecting with foreign cities including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York, and nearly every major Chinese travel hub, the city is easy to reach. From the airport, you can catch a shared or private taxi to the city centre.
High-speed trains can be caught to the city from Xiamen, Shanghai, Beijing and various local towns. Make sure you know which station in Fuzhou you are travelling to, as the central station is much more convenient than Fuzhou South Station, which requires travellers to take a taxi or bus to the town centre.
There are also ferries that run from Keelung in Taiwan via the Matsu islands – buses and taxis are available from the ferry terminal to take you into the city.
When you are travelling around Fuzhou, taxis and buses are the most convenient modes of travel, and visitors can easily navigate the city centre on foot, something encouraged in the more historic districts.
If you are looking for a place to stay in Fuzhou, Kempinski Hotel Fuzhou is located to the north of the city and offers eight restaurants and bars, as well as a luxury spa. It is a perfect place from which to explore the city and surrounding region.
Fuzhou city is home to a wide range of speciality dishes that are hard to find elsewhere. Yu wan is one of the most popular, featuring minced pork and beef sealed inside a ball of dough flavoured with fish paste; as well as ban mian peanut noodles, bian rou boiled dumplings; and guo bien hu, a seafood broth filled with rice noodles. For breakfast, also make sure to try some oyster pizza – it is a local speciality!
Of the city’s restaurants, some of the best include Ju ChunYuan Fo TiaoQiang Restaurant, birthplace of the famous meat and seafood dish - Buddha jumps over the wall; the upmarket Cantonese restaurant, Yue Jie; and Chongqing XiaoTianE, serving fresh seafood where guests can have their fish prepared at the table.
For delicious vegetarian dishes, LianHua Ge ChaYi Vegetarian Restaurant is an excellent choice, also offering beautiful tea ceremonies and exceptional levels of service.
The city has its many landmarks and locations favoured by travellers, ranging from picturesque parks to busy shopping areas.
Three Lanes and Seven Alleys
The heart of ancient Fuzhou, this district is home to hundreds of ancient residences dating back to the 1300s. Ten of the residences in the recently restored area can be toured, and there are also many restaurants, craft stores and galleries in this particularly picturesque corner of the city.
West Lake Park
A pretty urban green space, West Lake Park is a great place to visit if you want to relax and escape the busy city centre. Located on islands within a lake, close to the Three Lanes and Seven Alleys area, it features a panda enclosure, science museum and boardwalk. In spring and summer visitors can enjoy beautiful blossoms and flowers, as well as boating on the lake.
A visit to the famous tulou of Fujian is essential for anyone with an interest in ancient China. It is around 4 hours from Fuzhou but definitely worth the trip. These huge, fortified buildings were built between the 12th and 20th centuries as a means of defending their Hakka inhabitants from bandits, and take the form of huge, circular structures made from earth. Practically indestructible, they each house hundreds of people, usually a single family community.
Another beautiful ancient attraction, Hualin Temple is also somewhere you should aim to visit if you enjoy Chinese architecture. Built in 964 CE, the Buddhist temple is the largest existing wood building south of the Yangtze River. It is free to visit and is a quiet and reflective place, full of beautiful and intricate statues.
If you feel in need of some fresh air and countryside views after exploring the city centre, head out of the city to Qi Mountain, where you can walk through forest, admire waterfalls and look out over the mountains. There are also monkeys and a valley-wide suspension bridge to enjoy too!
For more information on the city and what you can find here, click here to contact the staff at Kempinski Hotel Fuzhou.