Fuzhou is the bustling capital city of Fujian. It is also know as the Banyan City as copious amounts of Banyan trees have been planted around the city to give it shade. Fuzhou does not receive as much attention as other parts of China, but a considerable number of hot springs and temples to explore and an endless amount of street food to try will keep any tourist busy for months on end.
What to Do:
Fuzhou is historically a very religious city. And today its inhabitants are mostly Daoist and Buddhist. As a result, there are a large number of temples to visit and explore around the city, the most famous, and largest in Fujian is the Yongquan temple on Mount Gu. The Jade Hill Scenic Area is a great place to spend your time and admission is free! In the Jade Hill Scenic Area, there is a huge white statue of Mao Zedong, and the seven-story White Pagoda which was built in 904 AD. West Lake Park is also another great place to visit (and is also free to get into). Many locals spend time here on the weekends so it’s a great way to make friends and practice your Chinese. Fuzhou National Forest Park is filled with many different kinds of plants and trees, many which are rare and protected by the State. If you want a weekend trip or a short getaway, Wuyi Shan is a beautiful area teeming with waterfalls, rivers and mountains, if you go in the middle of the week there’s the possibility of having it more or less to yourself, according to Lonely Planet.
What the Weather’s like:
Summer lasts from about May to October and usually is never below 70°. That being said, June, July and August usually hover around 80° give-or-take 5° in either way. Severe rainstorms occur during the second half of May for monsoon season and typhoons sometimes occur late summer/early autumn. It rarely rains in the winter, and winters are usually very short. Winter is typically November through February and stays in the 50s.
What to Eat:
Fuzhou is one of the 8 great flavors of China. Fuzhou cuisine has a lot of flavor but still tends to be light and there is considerable emphasis on the umami flavor. Most people define Umami as a meaty, but savory flavor. Fuzhou cuisine also focuses on the true flavor of foods and doesn’t cover up flavors. There are quite a few vegetarian and Muslim restaurants that are worth trying and a Taijiang Road is alive with street food at night. Another great place to look for good restaurants is where Dongjie and Bayiqi Road meet.
How to Get Around:
Although Fuzhou is quite developed there still is not a complete subway. There is one line scheduled to be finished around the end of 2015 and the second line expected to be working around October 2016. Right now there is a bus system that most people use to get around the city.
Where to Shop:
There are many Walmarts scattered throughout Fuzhou. There are also many other malls to buy good quality electronics, clothing and other necessities.
Where We Teach in Fuzhou:
• Fuzhou Yangguang International School
How to attend Church:
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who wish to attend church will Skype into a virtual branch.