Kaiyuan Temple was originally established in the 6ht century. The temple houses some previous Buddhist sutra printed in the Song Dynasty. An iron statue of Amit?bha Buddha now housed in the temple was cast over 900 hundred years ago, with an estimated weight of 10,000 pounds. The temple is located in the north part of Fuzhou.
Fuzhou is the provincial capital of Fujian. Located on the southern coast of China, Fuzhou is about half way between Shanghai in the north and Guangzhou in the south. The Min river flows through the city, which among China's major cities is also the closet to Taibei which sits directly across the Taiwan Strait. Fuzhou has nickname of "Rong Cheng" (Banyan City), which derives from the fact that a large number of banyan trees grow in the city.
Gushan (Drum Mountain) is located in the southeastern suburb of Fuzhou. With an elevation of 880 meters, the mountain makes a good spot to view the delta where the Min river empties into the sea. Halfway up the mountain there is also Yongquansi (Surging Spring Temple). Originally established in the 8th century, the existing temple was built in the 17th century. Visitors can get up the mountain by riding a cablecar.
Three Lanes and Seven Alleys
Three Lanes and Seven Alleys (San Fang Qi Xiang) is part of old-town Fuzhou. The traditional residential area comprises a cluster of a dozen or so streets, hence its name. Unlike most other historical structures in China, which tend to be palaces or temples, the buildings of San Fang Qi Xiang are mostly houses for average folk and small shops, from which one can gather how in the old days common Chinese lived.
Xihu Park of Fuzhou
West Lake Park (Xihu Gongyuan, not to be confused with the West Lake in Hangzhou) - is located in the northwestern part of Fuzhou. With a total area of 110 acres, the park is a garden of traditional style, featuring towers, pavilions and bridges, some of which date back to the 18th century. In the park one also finds the recently opened Fujian Museum, the largest of its kind in Fujian Province, sheltering over 200,000 natural and cultural artifacts.
Yu Shan is a little hill that stands in the heart of Fuzhou, elevation 60 m (196 ft). There are a number of historical sites in the area. Dingguang Si, also known as Bata Si (White Pagoda Temple), was originally built in the 10th century. Qi Qong si (Marquis Qi Shrine) was established to honor a national hero, Qi Jiguang, who in the 16th century led efforts to defend China's against seaborne pirates. Nearby one can also find over 100 pieces of stone carvings and inscriptions, about one-third of which date back to the Song Dynasty (10th-13th century).
Fuzhou Changle International Airport is 40 km southeast of the city center. Transportation: shuttle buses and taxis.