"Fujian - out of the tourism boom" Fujian Sheng by claude-andre

Fujian Sheng Travel Guide: 423 reviews and 1,550 photos

Fujian is a little province on the Sout-East coast, just in front of Taiwan. It is not very touristed, except for Xiamen, Quanzhou, Gulangyu, Wuyshan and in some extend Hongkeng. Most of the other part of the province can be considered as out of the beaten path.
The region is montaneous, I would prefer to say hilly. It is the land of Oolang tea (Anxi), of Muslims minorities (Chongwu) and of some sacred mountains (Wuyishan, Liancheng, eg).
In the history of China, Fujian was important culturally: eg, Quanzhou was the main harbour of the maritime silk road.
Mandarin is not spoken by old people but the young ones know it and understand it well. Out of the main towns don't expect to find English speaking people.
Transportation is good and accomodations are easy to find. On the coast, seafood is delicious.
To get some more ideas of the province have a look at my Fujian pages.

Guidebooks are not very informative about the province. So I give 2 websites that can help you in planning your travel:

http://www.amoymagic.com/
http://www.taiwan-guide.org/david/fujian/main.html

Hongkeng round houses (Tu Lou)

Fujian is Hakka homeland. Hakkas are Han who originated from Northern China. They were driven out by Mongolian tribes and established in Fujian. They were late emigrates and did not find good locations. They stayed in hilly regions and had to protect themselves from animals and enemies.
Their housers have no windows and only one door.

Quanzhou - Unesco World Museum of Religions

Quanzhou was an important harbour in the past. Many people decided to stay there to make business. You find relics from many religions: islam, christianism, hinduism, taoism, judaism, etc..
Even if these relics are not spectacular, you can feel the ambiance of the past.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Why allways go to Xian, Guilin and other touristed places
  • Cons:Nobody will understand why you travelled Fujian
  • Last visit to Fujian Sheng: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated May 8, 2008
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