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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
Throughout the history of China there have been foreigners within the borders, exploring, settling, trading and living. However it wasn’t until after the first opium wars that this fair city of Fuzhou was forced, rather literally and brutally at gun point to open her borders to foreigners, who they fondly referred to as Foreign Devils. It is little wonder therefore that they were not very welcoming and hospitable to these new comers. They placed them in run down houses made out of boards that afforded them little comfort, and only just the minimum shelter. It didn’t help either, that these ‘houses’ were placed over a river, and therefore they flooded twice daily with the tides.
“On that night, Christ was born in a stable..’ is heard in the last Sunday worship before Christmas, in the brightly-lit Flower Lane Church (7 Flower Lane, N. Bayiqi Road), all seats being occupied, the elders holding the Bible and softly reading the texts, young couples sitting closely, kids making occasional noises – soon to be motioned to stop by the volunteering staff.
The congregation were attending the sermon delivered by Priest Ming Chen. It was Away in a Manger for the evening, and of course Christmas was coming around.
It will be a special Christmas for the church goers this year.
The new Flower Lane Church is going to be officially launched after a major renovation project, which is symbolized by the install of a gigantic pipe organ running across the entire front wall inside the chapel. It is roughly estimated that 10 percent of the whole population of Fuzhou are Christians, and half of them come from Flower Lane. (more…)
By Amanda Sinclair
Behind and to the side of the beautiful West Lake, almost hidden away from the public eye, lies Panda World. If it were not for the sign by the street pointing direction vaguely you could easily be forgiven for not knowing that it was there.
After paying the admission fee to the center, you walk up a moderate slope, and then enter the main entrance of Panda World. There is a building, informing you of the history of Panda World, and a glass enclosure on either side of it, housing a Giant Panda each. These magnificent creatures are iconic of China, and so beautiful to behold.
Panda’s rarely seem to do anything energetic, apart from eating, so if you would like to see a Panda at it’s best, most energetic, go around feeding times – so early in the morning, or at lunch time.
These Pandas offer you a first glimpse at the beautiful creatures, though you instantly feel slightly sorry for them, in what you may perceive to be inadequately sized enclosures. You then proceed to walk around the complex, which takes roughly 60 – 90 minutes at a leisurely pace. (more…)
You can take one of many buses to the Wu Yi Guang Chang (五一广场) bus stop. Buses that go there include 2,64,7,62,306,103 and 20, 66, and 1 have changed their route to go there after subway construction began, but only in one direction, on the return route they don’t stop. (more…)
By Amy Priestes
We at Fuzhou Expat thought it would be a great idea to inform our readers about two unique, scenic historical sites in Fuzhou: Wu Shan and Yu Shan. (For those of you who don’t know, “Shan山” is the Chinese word for mountain or hill.) One very unique thing about both of these hills is that they are right in the heart of Fuzhou, among the restaurants, shops, and people. They also are in close proximity to one another, so a busy sight seer could visit both these spots in one day. (more…)
by Galia Rautenber
On a sunny, beautiful spring Sunday in March a large group of adults and children met for a community outing to Kuliang (or Guling). We met at the Westin Hotel and drove all together up to the mountain. We had Mr. Cheng He, journalist of Fuzhou Evening Paper and his wife Crystal Sun to be our guides for this outing and Ms. Dong Xiuping helped with translation to English. Guling is a summer resort, located in the Jin’an District of Fuzhou. It was opened up by Western missionaries in 1886.Located about 13 KM from the center of Fuzhou city, on a mountain of about 800M, 24sqm in size, with highest temperature of 30C degrees in the summer, no wonder it attracted many westerners who could not bear the heat in Fuzhou during the hot season.By 1935 it had more than 200 summer villas of different styles and also a church, gymnasium hall, hospital etc. During our outing we saw three of the villas which are still in good condition. (more…)