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Introducing Quánzhōu

Most people visit Quánzhōu as a day trip from Xiàmén, but we recommend you to spend a couple of days to take in the charm of this underrated city. This port city, an important stop on the maritime Silk Road back in the Song and Yuan dynasties, is actually an enchanting place to delve into for China’s maritime past. Back in the 13th century, Marco Polo informed his readers that ‘it is one of the two ports in the world with the biggest flow of merchandise’.

Though its heyday is long gone, much of Quánzhōu’s impressive heritage has been preserved, and evidence of its multiculturalism, especially some fine lingering traces of a former Islamic presence, can still be detected among the city’s residents and buildings.