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Fujian

Fujian Province, with Fuzhou as its provincial capital, lies in the south eastern China, facing Taiwan across the Straits and bordering Zhejiang Province, Jiangxi Province and Guangdong Province. It covers a land area of 124, 600 square kilometers, and 136, 000 square kilometers in sea area, and has a population of 32,820,000.

Fujian Province, with Fuzhou as its provincial capital, lies in the southeastern China, facing Taiwan across the Straits and bordering Zhejiang Province, Jiangxi Province and Guangdong Province. It covers a land area of 124,600 square kilometers, and 136,000 square kilometers in sea area, and has a population of 32,820,000.

Although the mountainous landscape has caused much inconvenience to the transportation of this province, the mountain range that lies in the northwest of the province fortunately blocks cold winds from the north in winter. Being a province by the sea, the humid wind from the East brings the area abundant rainfall and cool summers. Enjoying such an ideal geographic location, the province is famous for these little fluctuating temperature changes, which make this a great place to come most of the year. The average annual temperature is between 15 - 22 degrees C.

Fuzhou, capital of Fujian Province, is the political, economic, and cultural center and an important port for foreign trade. -- Places of Interest: Drum Hill, Yushan Hill, Black Stone Hill, Screen Hill, West Lake.

Quanzhou is an ancient cultural city -- Places of Interest: Kaiyuan Temple, Nine Suns Hill, iangyuan Hill, Luoyang Bridge.

Perhaps because of its shape or because it used to be a habitat or white egrets, Xiamen is also called "Egret Island." --- Place of Interest: Drum Wave Island, Aoyuan Garden at Jimei, South Putuo Temple, Taiping Rock. Wuyi Mountain area is often called the "number one scenic wonder in Southeast China."

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Mt. Wuyi

Wuyi Mountain is a national park in the north of Fujian province and covers an area of 60 sq km. The dominant natural features are the Jiuqu River and 36 hills and peaks. Throughout the national park there are waterfalls, pools, caves, peaks and small villages. Jiuqu River translates as Nine Twists River and the best way to experience this river is by taking a trip on a bamboo raft down the whole 9 twists and 18 bends. From the river you will have fantastic views of the relatively unspoilt scenery of the area. For the best view of the 36 peaks, climb to the summit of Dawang Peak, (Peak of the Great King). Wuyi Palace lies at the foot of Dawang Peak. It was built during the Tang dynasty (618-907) for fedual rulers' sacrificial services in honor of the Lord of Wuyi.

Drum Hill

The Drum Hill on the northern bank of Minjiang River is approximately 3,350 feet high, and gets its name from a huge, flat drum-like rock on top of it. The Yongquan Temple on the hill was built in 908. There are the white jade Sleeping Buddha and the scriptures of various dynasties, all of which are of great value.

At Lingyuan Cave and Drinking Water Rock, to the east of the temple in beautiful and tranquil surroundings, runs clear spring water. On the rocks there are several hundred carvings, rarely seen in southeast China.

West of the temple are 18 caves in a pine forest. From Drum Hill one can get a magnificent view of Fuzhou with the Minjiang River flowing east.

The Yongquan Temple is considered to be the first temple in Fujian province and one of important temples in China. The Yongquan Temple lies halfway up the hill. Xianglu Peak is in front of it and the White Cloud Peak behind. So that makes you feel you cannot see the temple while entering the hill and catch sight of the hill while going into the temple. It was said that the old temple was called the Huayan temple. In 1699, Emperor Kangxi changed its name to the Yongquan Temple and the inscribed board with its name has been hung upon the gate of the Heaven Hall.

The Yongquan Temple is about 1.7 hectares and the style of it is Ming and Qing dynasties. There are about 25 halls around the Prime Hall in which the gods is not in Indian clothing but in Chinese one. In the back of the hall, there is Tri-god statue, which is about 1.15 tons. There is a long table, which is still as perfect as before after many sufferings, before the Tri-god statue. The table is considered as the treasure of the temple.

In its prime times, there are 1500 monks in the Yongquan Temple. Now there are 4 big pots, which were made in Song dynasty (960 years ago), in kitchen. The biggest one of the pots is called the pot for one thousand men.

There are three ways for tourists to get to the temple. One way is by automobile to the gate. The second way is by cable cars. The third way is by foot through steps. There are 2145 steps, about 3500 meters long. There are 7 ancient pavilions in the hill.

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