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Top ChoiceArchitecture in Fuzhou

Sānfāng Qīxiàng

This ‘downtown’ series of ancient residential buildings is known as ‘Three Lanes and Seven Alleys'. Thousands of visitors wander the white-walled streets daily, passing the traditional architecture and the hectic...

Top ChoiceTaoist Temple in Quanzhou

Guandi Temple

This magnificently carved temple is immediately identifiable by its showy dragon-decorated roofs and a shroud of smoke emanating from furnaces burning prayer books stuffed in by devotees. It’s dedicated to Guan...

Top ChoiceDim Sum in Xiamen

Lucky Full City Seafood

If you eat out just once in Xiamen, join the queues for this Cantonese culinary masterclass, and then stack up the exquisite dim sum dishes like egg buns, roasted pigeon and pork dumplings. Catch a taxi here: the...

Top ChoiceChinese in Wuyi Shan

Chui Yan Restaurant

This bamboo-heavy, riverside restaurant buzzes most nights with groups sharing platters of Chinese dishes such as the local speciality of chicken fried with tea leaves and cumin, served in a bamboo basket. Part...

Top ChoiceChinese in Gulang Yu

Lāohǎi Wù

It feels like you’re cutting through an elegant alley on the way to somewhere else, but stop at the wooden benches for incredible noodle, fish and duck dishes at this friendly indoor-outdoor restaurant loved by...

Notable Building in Fujian Tulou

Chéngqǐ Lóu

In the village of Gaobei (高北), this 300-year-old tǔlóu has 400 rooms and once housed 1000 inhabitants. It’s built with elaborate concentric rings, with circular passageways between them and a central shrine. It’s...

Notable Building in Fujian Tulou

Zhènchéng Lóu

This most visited tǔlóu is a grandiose structure built in 1912, with two concentric circles and 222 rooms. The four storeys of the outer circle are impressive against a mountainous backdrop. The ancestral hall in...

Buddhist Site in Xiamen

Nanputuo Temple

This Buddhist temple complex on the southern side of Xiamen is one of the most famous temples among the Fujianese, and is also considered a pilgrimage site by dedicated followers from Southeast Asia. The temple...

Temple in Quanzhou

Cao’an Manichaean Temple

This quirky temple is dedicated to Manichaeism, a religion originating in Persia in the 3rd century, combining elements of Zoroastrian, Christian and Gnostic thought, which reached China in the 7th century.The...

Park in Wuyi Shan

Wuyi Shan Scenic Area

Trails within the scenic area connect all the major sites. Good walks include the 530m Great King Peak (大王峰, Dàwáng Fēng), accessed through the main entrance by shuttle bus, and the 410m Heavenly Tour Peak (天游峰,...

Buddhist Site in Quanzhou

Kaiyuan Temple

In the northwest of the city, one of the oldest temples in Quanzhou dates back to AD 686 and is the largest in Fujian. Surrounded by trees, Kaiyuan Temple is famed for its pair of rust-coloured, five-storey stone...

Park in Gulang Yu

Sunlight Rock Park

Sunlight Rock (Rìguāng Yán), in Sunlight Rock Park, is the island’s highest point at 93m and its biggest draw are the views across the island. At the foot of Sunlight Rock is a large colonial-era building known...

Village in Fujian Tulou

Tǎxià

This delightful river settlement boasts several tǔlóu-converted guesthouses and it is a great base from which to explore the tǔlóu areas. The highlight of the village is the Zhang Ancestral Hall. It is surrounded...

Beer Garden in Quanzhou

The Brickyard

Every midsized Chinese city has a place where expats go to meet up and whinge about living in a midsized Chinese city. Quanzhou has the Brickyard, and it’s absolutely fantastic. Heaps of beers on tap, reliable...

Museum in Quanzhou

Maritime Museum

On the northeastern side of town, this fabulous museum explains Quanzhou’s trading history, the development of Chinese shipbuilding and the kaleidoscope of religions in the port’s heyday. The Religious Stone Hall...

Village in Wuyi Shan

Xiamei

This village dates from the Northern Song dynasty and boasts some spectacular Qing dynasty architecture from its heyday as a wealthy tea-trading centre, including about 30 ancient houses. Motorbikes in the Wuyi...

Gardens in Gulang Yu

Shuzhuang Garden

The waterfront Shuzhuang Garden on the southern end of the island is a lovely place to linger for a few hours. It has a small pénzāi (bonsai) garden, some delicate-looking pavilions and a rock garden with the 12...

Zhejiang in Fuzhou

Old Foochow

The antiquated spelling of Fuzhou hints at the old-world chic that's obvious as soon as you plonk down on the green leatherette booths and use a pencil to tick off some Fuzhou favourites from the picture menu,...

Park in Xiamen

Bailuzhou Park

Xiamen positions itself as China’s most liveable city and this huge green expanse on an islet north of town is a quiet exclamation mark on that claim. Perfect for families or broken souls who need to touch grass...