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Quanzhou is situated on the northern bank of the Jinjiang River in Fujian Province, facing the sea. It is an ancient cultural city and was an important trade port during the Middle Ages. It is also the hometown of many overseas Chinese.

coast area in Quanzhou
coast area in Quanzhou

With its mountain slopes and magnificent bay, Quanzhou has long been regarded as the most attractive town on China's southeast coast. During the Five Dynasties (907-960), the city was surrounded by Indian coral trees, from which it got the name "city of coral trees." As Quanzhou is in the southern subtropical zone and has a maritime monsoon climate, it is humid and warm all the year round.

Quanzhou is a well-known hometown for overseas Chinese and a majority of the Han population in Taiwanese. The total population in the municipality is over 6.7 million. About 9 million of Han nationality in Taiwan are originally from Quanzhou. In recent years, the number of visitors from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao has been increasing. They come back for pilgrimage to their visit ancestors鈥 graves, visit their families and friends, make investments and conduct business and sightseeing. This has greatly promoted the social and economic development in Quanzhou.
Quanzhou is one of first 24 important national historic and cultural cities announced by the State Council. From Tang Dynasty to Yuan Dynasty, 鈥淐itong Port鈥 in Quanzhou was one of the major ports for foreign trade. It was the departure point of 鈥渕arine silk route鈥 and enjoyed the grand reputation of 鈥渓argest oriental port鈥. The city has numerous famous scenic spots, cultural and historic relics. Among 399 protected cultural relics in the city, 12 are of state level and 37 are of province level.

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