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Fuzhou National Forest Park
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Michael
January 18, 2019
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the Banyan King

Fuzhou National Forest Park is one of 10 largest forest parks in China and covers an area of 860 hectares.  It’s located in the northern suburbs of the city and nestled in a valley surrounded on three sides by green hills and one side by the clear Bayi Reservoir. Although being around for almost six decades (founded in 1960) as an established research park, many special gardens in there featuring flowers (e.g. plum/peach/cherry blossoms) are actually new and there’re efforts to introduce more entertaining programs in addition to the ones already in use such as barbecue, boat rental and a kids fun fair.  The park is home to more than 2,500 species of rare plants. (more…)

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Fuzhou Knife Attack Left 1 Dead and 19 Injured
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Michael
January 15, 2019
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Image by Sina.com

Disclaimer: The story is a strict translation of the news report on Fznews.com, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy or reliability of any information in the news article.  Original report in Chinese can be found at http://news.fznews.com.cn/dsxw/20190115/5c3d25516c188.shtml 

A man went on a stabbing spree on the night of January 14, 2019 at Jinshan area of Fuzhou. According to fznews.com own source,  the suspect was identified a 48-year-old man surnamed Hou, who allegedly killed the boyfriend of his ex-wife around 8:30 pm last night, before fleeing the scene and starting knifing randomly whoever he chose on his way.  It’s reported the first victim was an e-bike rider, whose bike was jacked after being stabbed around Hongjiang Rd.. The stabbings then escalated when Hou somehow moved to the nearby Pushang Avenue and sought revenge on another 18 people on the streets.  According to reports, he went missing after jumping off the Pushang Bridge and the local law enforcement are going all out in pursuit of the suspect. (more…)

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Fudao – 12 mile Treetop Walkway in Fuzhou
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Michael
January 13, 2019
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Inspired by Alexandra Arch & Forest Walk in Singapore, Fuzhou government decided to build something similar, but in greater scale and length, to our dear city of banyan trees. The man-made wonder was named Fudao, meaning ‘trail of fortunes’. Legend had it that a donkey caravan, instead of all the heavy machinery, was employed to transport building materials in order to minimize the impact to the nature during its construction from 2015 to the end of 2017. Since its opening to the public, Fudao has been gaining popularity among locals and visitors alike due to its treetop experience unlike any before. (more…)

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Drum Mountain – Fuzhou Attractions
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Michael
December 15, 2018
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By Amy Priestes

Gu Shan, which is also known as Mount Gu and Drum Mountain –note: Gu means drum and Shan means mountain- is without question the most popular mountain in Fuzhou. Gu Shan is a great place to escape the city, get some fresh air and exercise, but what makes Mount Gu so popular is its convenient location near the city. Just hope on the bus (Bus 7, 29, 58, 69, 70, 808, 812, 815, 957 etc ) for about 30-45 minutes depending on where you are in downtown and that’s it! Some early risers go there for a speedy morning hike while others enjoy a late evening trip to see distant city lights and avoid the heat.

Once at Gu Shan, you will find two main sets of stairs going up the mountain. Both lead to the same place, so choose whichever you like. Stairs, which are well lit by night, go all the way to the top, though you may find a few small trails leading off in other directions.  At  the top there is a lookout tower where you can see the entire city of Fuzhou. (more…)

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Xiamen Airlines Opens Direct Flight between Paris and Fuzhou
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Michael
December 11, 2018
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Fuzhou - Paris Direct Flight Opens 11th Dec, 2018

At 12:30 am of November 11th, a Xiamen Airlines flight (MF825) set out on its maiden voyage from Fuzhou Changle International Airport to Paris, signalling the official launch of the direct air route between the two cities. The new route is in service every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday run by Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Xinhua News believes the opening of the new route shows that Sino-French cooperation in trade and tourism has become closer and will facilitate the exchanges between France and China’s Fujian, Jiangxi, Zhejiang provinces as well as others, according to Guofeng Cai, general representative of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) in France.

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Parade Float Comes to Fuzhou
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Michael
November 28, 2018
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4th Maritime Silk Road Tourism Festival

Floats, performers, marching bands, mascots ..  they have it all at the parade float as the opening event to kick start the 4th Maritime Silk Road Tourism Fest from Nov. 30th to Dec. 31st.  The parade float is going to hit the road at 7 pm on Friday. A selection of themes revolving maritime silk road, tourist attractions in Fujian, local cultural heirlooms will be on display on a fleet of 16 floats.  (more…)

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6.2-magnitude Quake Hits Taiwan Strait
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Michael
November 26, 2018
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6.2-magnitude quake hits Taiwan Strait

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit areas near the Taiwan Strait at 07:57 am Monday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). The epicenter was monitored at 23.28 degrees north latitude and 118.60 degrees east longitude.  The quake struck at a depth of 20 km, the CENC said in a statement. A series of tremors were detected at 3.6-, 3.4-, 4.5- and 3.8-magnitude following the 8 am seismic event.  No casualties have been reported at the time of writing.  Earthquakes are of frequent occurrence in Taiwan Strait but most are minimal at magnitude and usually cause little to no damage.

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Fuzhou Blasts Crackdown on Unlicensed Educational Institutes
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Michael
November 25, 2018
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Fuzhou Blasts Crackdown on Illegal Schools

On November 23rd, Cangshan District and Taijiang District started enforcing the directive to close down unlicensed training schools/centers caught in the previous two stages of inspection this year.  The first stage is set from end of May till June 15th, when special inspection teams are formed and intelligence is gathered. The 2nd stage lasts from June 15th to July 20th, when the inspection teams get down to business and give out red cards to all the illegal operators.  According to Fujian Education TV, a total of 10 inspection teams were dispatched and 31 training schools/centers were ordered to suspend operation in Gulou District alone at this stage.  “All that have not acquired valid licenses is not allowed to run their business”, said Mr. Zhang, the deputy director of Private Education Sector of Gulou District.  According to PRC Private Education Promotion Law,  all private schools/centers are required to obtain Registration from the Industry and Commerce Department and Operational License from the local Education Bureau.  However, the process of getting an operational license is often criticized as being not only laborious but also expensive, which breeds non-compliance. This opinion is echoed by a proprietor of YoLe, a private piano training institute in Gulou District on one of the raid days July 20th.  (more…)

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San Fang Qi Xiang – Fuzhou Attractions
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Michael
October 1, 2018
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San Fang Qi Xiang

By Amanda Sinclair

In a time and a city that is so intent on moving forward, developing and modernizing, it is so refreshing to be able to slip down a side road and escape into history. The most famous place to do so in Fuzhou, is of course SanFangQiXiang – also known as Three Lanes and Seven Alleys.

Nestled within the centre of the city, it is a magical reprieve that dates back to the Jin and Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).  Over all this time, it has retained and maintained its traditional urban fabric of lanes and alleys shaped in the Jin and Tang dynasties’ style.

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Fuzhou to Add Direct Train Service to Guangzhou in July
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Michael
June 13, 2018
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Guangzhou

China will update its national train operation diagram from July 1st, 2018 in order to bring more routes and efficiency to the rail network. The highlight for Fuzhou residents will be an addition of direct trains to Guangzhou – the capital city of neighboring Guangdong province. A ride from Fuzhou to Guangzhou will take exactly 6 hours and vice versa. (more…)

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