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Fuzhou

The 2000-year-old city of Fuzhou is the capital of Fujian Province. It faces the island of Taiwan, off the China coast.

Fuzhou is decorated with banyan trees planted during the Northern Song Dynasty (AD 960-1127). Hot springs also bless the city. And the two "Opposing Pagodas" watch over the city from hilltops outside of two; the White Pagoda (built in 904 AD during the Tang Dynasty) and the Black Pagoda are imagined by locals to be in some way opposed to each other. Both Pagodas are octagonal and have seven levels. The White Pagoda stands about 135 feet tall; the Black Pagoda is over 100 feet. Both make excellent platforms for photographing the city.

The Min River runs through the town and into Horse-Tail Harbor. The harbor used to be a military center during the Ming Dynasty; now it is an economic zone and boasts the province's largest shipyard.

The city also boasts a 1700 year old scenic park and a zoo. West Lake Park has a 30 hectare lake which has been reconstructed a few times over the centuries. The Fuzhou Zoo has about 100 species of wildlife in a five hectare garden.
Many of Fuzhou's best attractions lie outside the city, which is surrounded by fine mountain scenery and lies near a number of temples and renowned scenic attractions.In the town itself, one of the most rewarding places to visit is the district known as Sanfang Qixiang, which literally means ''three lanes and seven alleys''. It is a fascinating, well-preserved enclave of old houses and streets: while the neighborhood dates back to the Jin dynasty, most of the houses are from the Ming and Qing era. About 40 hectares in area, Sanfang Qixiang is full of historical interest, not least because of its unusual architecture, featuring houses built symmetrically around a north-south axis. Visitors wanting to find out more about the history and culture of the Fuzhou region can find all they need at the Fujian Provincial Museum which has a number of interesting exhibits, including a 3500 year-old coffin-boat discovered in Wuyi Mountain and a collection of weaponry from the Han Dynasty as well as a hall of Revolutionary History. Military history is well covered at the China Modern Navy Museum and also at the Lin Zexu Memorial Hall. This museum aims to educate visitors about the area through its exhibits on the famous Qing dynasty.

left the Hakka fort-houses undisturbed. Although the houses are located 300 km from Fuzhou, the journey is worth it to see a form of architecture with no parallel anywhere else in China, set amid terraced fields against striking hillside scenery. Visitors wanting a day of spectacular scenery and quiet contemplation should head to Qingyunshan Mountain Scenic Area, full of dizzy peaks, deep canyons and magnificent waterfalls, including the largest step-waterfall in Asia. Another scenic gem is Gu Mountain: nearby Yongguan Temple is the finest of Fuzhou's Buddhist temples and houses some priceless artifacts, while the surrounding scenery provides unforgettable opportunities for walking and relaxing.

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