Fuzhou Sights and Landmarks Guide, China
Historically Fuzhou has never neared the importance of Hangzhou, let alone Beijing or Nanjing; but still, Fuzhou continues to be a top-draw of Chinese tourism. This owes as much to the city’s excellent climate conditions, its transportation network and tourist-facilities as to its sundry attractions. A city of mountains (in fact, it is named after a mountain, Mt. Fu), Banyan Trees (that give it the other name ‘Rong Cheng’) and hot-springs, Fuzhou also has some important historical landmarks and temples. Below we present the different Fuzhou sights category-wise, hoping that it will become handy in your tour.
Fuzhou Sights – Natural Attractions
Speaking of Fuzhou’s natural attractions, the biggest pull is certainly Gu Shan or the Drum Hill – a hill (standing by the Minjiang River) with a natural rock formation atop it; the rock not only resembles a drum in its shape, but even produces the percussion effect during spells of heavy shower and/or strong wind. Although buses and cable-car services are available, you would better climb on foot for this will give you a good opportunity to enjoy the mesmerizing natural scenery of the surroundings.
The natural attraction next in importance and fame is Xihu Gongyuan or the West Lake Park. The chief attraction of the park is the scenic man-made lake (excavated around 282 AD), but the tulip gardens also attract tourists in huge numbers; you will also like to get lost in the walkways lined by trees like peach and willow. The many bridges (decorated in rainbow-lights) running over the lake and connecting the different islets further add to the spectacle at night. The Park is also the venue of flower shows and boat festivals and if you are lucky enough to be a part of such a celebration, you will surely have an experience of a life-time.
Among other Fuzhou sights of scenic appeal are places like the Yu Shan Hill, Mount Wuyi Shan and parks like the Fuzhou National Forst Park, Senlin Park and Zuohai Park.
Fuzhou Sights – Cultural and Historical Attractions
When it comes to Fuzhou’s cultural and historical attractions, it needs to be emphasized that many of Fuzhou’s natural elements have very much become a part of its culture and history, and the best instances are perhaps the Wu Shan and Yu Shan Hills that have hundreds of inscriptions engraved on them. Moreover, these Hills are the sites of other Fuzhou sights like the Wu Ta (Black Pagoda) and Bai Ta (White Pagoda).
Then, there’s the Hualin Si Temple – an ancient temple that enjoys a rare importance – one of China’s chief heritage sites, the temple’s main hall is believed to be the oldest surviving wooden structure in the whole of southern China. Other Fuzhou temples worth visiting are Dizang Temple, Linyang Si Temple, Yongquan Temple, Xichan Temple, etc.
Fuzhou sights of cultural/historical significance other than the above religious structures include Sanfang Qixiang (a housing cluster dating back to the times of the Jin Dynasty), Lin Zexu’s Memorial Hall and Tomb, Nine Immortals Cave, White Cloud Cave, Wan Xiang Pavilion, etc.
To end your trip, pay a visit to the Fujian Provincial Museum and this will help even if you miss a few Fuzhou sights.
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