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Taoist Temple in Quánzhōu

Guāndì Temple

This smoky and magnificently carved temple is southeast of Qīngjìng Mosque. A furnace burns prayer books stuffed in by devotees. It’s dedicated to Guan Yu, a Three Kingdoms general who was deified as the God of War.…
Temple in Quánzhōu

Cǎo’ān 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 well …
Buddhist Site in Quánzhōu

Kāiyuán Temple

In the northwest of the city, one of the oldest temples in Quánzhōu dates back to AD 686. Surrounded by trees, Kāiyuán Temple is famed for its pair of rust-coloured five-storey stone pagodas, stained with age and ca…
Museum in Quánzhōu

Maritime Museum

On the northeast side of town, this fabulous museum explains Quánzhōu’s trading history, the development of Chinese shipbuilding and the kaleidoscope of religions in the port’s heyday. The Religious Stone Hall and I…
Beer Garden in Quánzhōu

The Brickyard

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

Língshān Islamic Cemetery

Set at the foot of the mountain of Língshān, this leafy cemetery is one of the most intact historic cemeteries in China. Two of Mohammed’s disciples are said to be buried here, and you’ll also find some granite stel…
Teahouse in Quánzhōu

Gǔcuò Cháfáng

Curious travellers will find many answers in the alley behind Guāndì Temple, often provided by smiling old men reading poems and playing games in this classic Chinese teahouse. Pull up a bamboo chair on the flagston…
Hakka in Quánzhōu

Ānjì Kèjiāwáng

The Ān family are well known across town for their Cantonese-style dim sum, which sneaks a few Hakka delights onto the trolley. The xiāmǐ chángfěn (虾米肠粉; shrimp in rice paper) and xián dànjuǎn (咸蛋卷; salty egg rolls)…
Village in Quánzhōu

Xúnpǔ Village

The fishing village of Xúnpǔ, some 10km southeast of the city centre of Quánzhōu, was on the old trade route of the maritime Silk Road and was perhaps the Arabs’ first port of call when they set foot in Quánzhōu dur…
Cultural in Quánzhōu

Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first lunar month. Streets in downtown Quánzhōu swell with people after dark, flashing their glow sticks or lanterns and marching to Tiānhòu Temple to pray f…