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.
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…)