Famously said to be 80% mountain, 10% water, and 10% farmland, Fujian is a geographical picture postcard province. In Fujian you will be transported off the beaten path allowing you to explore all the natural beauty this province has to offer.
What to Know
Fujian Province, the home of two major Chinese ports, has a prosperous history of trade. For decades businessmen and seafarers flocked to the region to make their millions, however after the Second World War trading declined and was replaced with clothing manufacturing and farming. The province has a population of around 26 million people, with 6.6 million of them living in the provincial capital, Fuzhou. The mountainous landscape has made it possible for several distinct dialects to form throughout the province, however like the rest of China, Mandarin is still the main language spoken.
Fujian is generally hospitable all year round in terms of weather, with the average temperature not straying too far from around 20°C.
What to Do
When you travel with The Dragon Trip, you will stay in Tulou, where you can experience life as a member of the Hakka minority. The next day, cycle to a stunning tea plantation where you will set up camp before continuing your bike ride back to Tulou.
Largely untouched, Fujian is best explored camera in hand and walking boots on! The climb to the summit of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mount Wuyi only takes around an hour and is an absolute must. From the peak you can really appreciate the diverse landscape surrounding the mountain; with tropical forests and clear waters you will really feel like you’re getting back in touch with nature.
Follow your nose in the direction of the fresh ocean air and you will end up at the Gulangyu island just off the coast of Xiamen. Referred to as the ‘garden on the sea’ its surroundings live up to its reputation. With lush vegetation and historic architecture it is the perfect getaway from the city. Another essential stop for those looking for a seaside sanctuary is Meizhou Island which is famed for being the birthplace of Matsu, the Chinese goddess of the sea.
Aside from its extended history of trade; Fujian is also home to many spiritual sites, including the oldest Christian church in mainland China. Built in 1848 in Xiamen during the peak of missionary activity in China, Xinjie Church is one of many churches dotted around the province. Nanputuo Temple is also a must see as one of the most famous Buddhist shrines in China.
What to eat
Being a coastal city, Fujian is famed for its fantastic, fresh seafood. The most famous dish in Fujian is Fo Tiao Qiang, which literally means “Buddha jumps over the wall”. Strange name right? It all started with the legend of a monk who forgot his vow of vegetarianism and leapt over a wall to eat the dish! Containing over 30 ingredients including chicken breast, duck, dried scallop and mushrooms alongside the more exotic pig’s trotters and shark’s fins, this dish is something truly unique.
Enjoy a cuppa? So do the residents of Fujian. Oolong tea, with its delicate flowery flavour, is one of Fujian’s main exports and is the key ingredient in Chinese milk tea, a must try when in the region! Tea isn’t just for drinking. Originating from Fujian, tea eggs are a delicious Chinese snack that are popular all over China.