City of Quanzhou

Quanzhou, also called Licheng and Citong Cheng in Pinyin, is one of the most famous historical and cultural cities in China. It is an important seaport located in southeast Fujian Province. To its east is Taiwan, separated from Quanzhou by the Taiwan Straits. Quanzhou and its neighboring cities of Xiamen and Zhangzhou constitute the unique Minnan (Southern Fujian) culture. During the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties, Quanzhou became one of the largest ports in the world. As the starting point of the maritime Silk Road, it welcomed many different religions, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Manichaeism, as well as various folk religions. The unique religious cultural heritage of Quanzhou can easily be observed from its many historical sites. Quanzhou is also a famous hometown of Chinese emigrants to Taiwan and Southeast Asian. Quanzhou's cultural heritages, such as the world intangible cultural heritage Quanzhou Nanyin, were also brought to those new resettlement places.

The diversity of Quanzhou cultures and beliefs has inspired many creative works, such as film Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986), The Twin Bracelets (1991), A Bright Moon (2005), TV drama Xiamen Bride (1995), Once Upon A Time on the Straight (2009), etc. It is worth mentioning that Quanzhou is also featured in the popular Japanese video game series Uncharted Waters (originally released as Daikoukai Jidai or Great Age of Sail), produced by Koei Company, and became widely known by gamers.

The climate of Quanzhou is warm and humid, comfortable for year-round travel, making it a popular tourist destination. You can check tour information of Quanzhou, its attractions, weather, transportation and other travel tips on the following website: