Also known as 3 lanes and 7 alleys, this is the cultural centre of Fuzhou. Here you will find more than 200 houses preserved from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The lanes and alleys lead off a popular shopping street where you can buy McDonald’s or fish balls from old wooden houses, as well as silk and other traditional products. Although it is one of the most crowded areas in Fuzhou (particularly on holidays), it is still one of the top 10 things to do in Fuzhou.
Pingtan Island, also known as Haitan Island, is the largest island in Fujian, and the fifth largest in China. It is located on the eastern coast of Fujian Province, 128 kilometers (79.54 miles) from the center of Fuzhou.
The island boasts a beautiful coastal landscape with clean and fresh water and soft and fine sand. It is an area free from pollution. The sea erosion landscapes are a unique feature of the island. Covering an area of 267.13 square kilometers (26,713 hectares), the island has 6 tourist sections and 2 beach resorts. It is an ideal place for a summer vacation.
West Lake Park
If you get a bit tired of the rush and push of Fuzhou, West Lake Park is an oasis of grass and trees in the middle of the city.
The park has a history stretching back more than 1,700 years and is a stunning example of a classical Chinese garden. It is particularly beautiful in spring, when the flowers are in bloom and you can take a paddle boat along the river.
Xichan Temple is an ancient temple which can be traced back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It is located in the west of Fuzhou City, at the foot of the Yi Mountain. It is one of five Buddhist temples in the city.
There are 38 buildings in the temple, including halls, pavilions, houses, towers and a dagoba, as well as lakes, bridges and a garden, covering an area of 7.7 hectares. The temple contains Emperor Kangxi’s handwriting and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) murals. The litchi trees planted in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) are another feature.
Qishan Mountain Forest Park
Located in the west of Fuzhou and just 20 minutes from the centre of town, Qishan Mountain Forest Park is well worth a visit.
It is somehow surprising and very pleasant to see such a wild area so close to the skyscrapers and cement of Chinese cities. If you like to hike, there is plenty to see and explore from waterfalls to snaking bridges over gorges and caves.