Business and Travel in Fuzhou
If you are planning to go to Fujian province, you will most likely spend a lot of time in the provincial capital, Fuzhou. This beautiful city is simply prospering. Not only does it have many excellent tourist attractions, but it is enjoying excellent economic growth too. Both business people and tourists will find that there is a lot to do and see in Fuzhou.
Fuzhou in China is the largest city in the Fujian Province. Its prime location has long been recognized and, in fact, the city is so old that no one today knows exactly when it was founded. The earliest records relating to the city state that Wuzhu (the king of the Minyue, who by then lived in the area) was given permission by Liu Bang (emperor of the Han Dynasty) to build a wall around his city in 202 BC. Thus, a city must have already existed in some form by that early date and it has been continuously occupied ever since. What’s more, the city has never suffered any major destruction from natural disasters or wars and so has been able to prosper continually over the centuries. At one time or another, Fuzhou has become home to many famous people such as Zhu Xi, Xin Qiji and Marco Polo. Today you can learn more about them as you tour this great city.
Tourism in Fuzhou is vibrant and the city is home to many great attractions. Locals often call it ‘Rongcheng’ which basically means ‘city of banyan trees’. This alludes to the incredible number of banyan trees which dot the city landscape, adding slices of color during the various seasons. One great attraction worth seeing is the Hualin Temple which is a national heritage site. Confusion abounds as to the founding date of this temple since documentation says it was built in 964 AD, but carbon-dating establishes that it has been in existence since the 4th or 5th century AD. It is noteworthy as being the oldest existing wooden structure in the whole of China. Other noteworthy attractions include the Sanfang Qixiang buildings, the Dizang Temple, the Xichan Temple, the Yongquan Temple, the Wu Ta (black pagoda) and Bai Ta (white pagoda), the West Lake, Gu Shan Mountain and Fuzhou National Forest Park.
Those interested in trade in Fuzhou will find that there is no shortage of investment opportunities. The Fuzhou Changle International Airport makes the city very accessible and the proximity to Taiwan means you simply cannot go wrong. Business people may want to note that the GDP per a capita for 2003 was US $ 3800. It was so good, in fact, that it was rated 21 of 659 different Chinese cities. So visit Fuzhou and discover a place of business opportunity and cultural discovery.
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