Quanzhou Tourism Exhibition Area - Zone - The 3 rd China (Quanzhou) Maritime Silk Road International Brand Expo

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The 4 th China (Quanzhou)
Maritime Silk Road International Brand Expo

April 18 to 22, 2018   Shishi Clothing City Exhibition Art Center ,China

Quanzhou Tourism Exhibition Area

  Situated on the southeast coast of Fujian, Quanzhou, known as the city of Zai Tun in ancient times, extends northwards to Fuzhou, connects southwards to Xiamen and looks out eastwards to the islands of Taiwan. Its jurisdictions now include four districts, namely Licheng, Fengze, Luojiang and Quangang, three cities, namely Shishi, Jinjiang and Nan’an, a few counties, namely Huian, Anxi, Yongchun and Dehua, Quanzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone and Quanzhou Taiwanese Investment Zone. It has a population of 8.58 million permanent residents and a land area of 11 thousand square kilometers and an identical size of marine area. Under such titles as “International Garden City”, “China’s Best Charming City”, “China’s Excellent Tourist City” and “National Garden City”, Quanzhou is one of the three central cities determined by Fujian to grow bigger and stronger.
  Quanzhou has a long history, diverse cultures and profound heritage. It was included in China’s “Noted Historic and Cultural Cities”, the first batch announced by the State Council in 1982. UNESCO sited the world’s first “World Multiculture Exhibition Center” in Quanzhou in 2000. Quanzhou, starting point of China’s “Maritime Silk Road” in ancient times, was elected as “China’s first Culture City of East Asia” in August 2013 and was included in China’s Tourist Destinations City with most valuable culture (heritage) (the only one in Fujian) in 2014. Since the Reform and Opening-up, private economy has developed rapidly in Quanzhou which has had its economic aggregate rank first in Fujian for 19 successive years, representing more than a quarter of Fujian’s economic aggregate.
A Brief Introduction To Quanzhou Tourism.
  First, cultural relics and historic sites can be found all over the city.

  “Tour Xi’an for underground relics, tour Quanzhou for overground relics”, as the saying goes. There are nearly 800 cultural relic protection sites at different levels on Quanzhou’s land of 11.015 thousand square kilometers; 31 of them are at national level and up to 12 of them, hailed as “China’s top” cultural relics and historic sites, have been left from the Tang, Song, Yuan and Ming periods, such as Laojun Rock, the world’s largest Taoist stone statue with the finest artistic carving from the earliest year in history, Luoyang Bridge, “the most age-old” among China’s port stone bridges, the east and west pagodas in Kaiyuan Temple, China’s “highest” twin stone pagodas, and the ancient town of Chongwu, “the most intact” seaside granite town now preserved in China.
  Second, “intangible cultural heritages” come out top.
  There are 565 intangible cultural heritages at different levels in Quanzhou, making it the only city having UNESCO’s all three categories of “intangible heritage” list in the world; 4 of them, in 3 categories, are world-class ones (Nanyin music on United Nations’ List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, south Fujian folk house building art, building art of Fu ships with water-tight bulkheads on United Nations’ List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding, and Quanzhou marionette, “an excellent practice project” under United Nations’ Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage). 34 national-level “intangible cultural heritages” in addition to the above make it one of the top three in the country.
  Third, there is a long history of marine culture.
  Quanzhou’s marine culture can be traced back to the pre-Qin period. In the Tang Dynasty, Quanzhou, Jiaozhou (now in Vietnam), Guangzhou and Yangzhou became four major trading ports then in China. The port of Quanzhou entered its heyday in the Song and Yuan periods, having commerce and intercourse with more than 100 countries and regions in the world; great Italian traveller Marco Polo came to Quanzhou, amazed to call it “A City of Light”, and Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta came to Quanzhou and called it “the World’s No.1 Port”. As starting point of the Maritime Silk Road in ancient China, Quanzhou was a hub of international Maritime Silk Road culture and civilization sub-center,“No.1 Oriental Port”and international metropolis in the Song and Yuan periods, and one of world’s marine culture cradlelands (having a marine area of 11.360 thousand square kilometers and a coastline of 541 km, 28.8 km of which, stretching from Chongwu to Xiutu, has been rated one of China’s top eight most beautiful coastlines by National Geographic magazine).
  Fourth, there is a most complete range of religious cultures.
The world’s major religions, such as Buddhism, Taoism, Islam, Christianity and Catholicism, as well as Manicheism, Hinduism and Nestorianism, have relics left in Quanzhou which is known as “a museum of world religions”; the Thatched Hut in Jinjiang, among them, is the only Manichean relic left in the world and Quanzhou is the only Chinese city where Hindu cultural relics have been found.
  Fifth, there is the most unmixed and richest south Fujian
  culture. Along the Maritime Silk Road, envoys, businessmen and missionaries from foreign countries came and went frequently. Cultures from ancient Persia, the Arab world, India and Southeast Asia were spread widely in Quanzhou, joining in, mingling with and growing together with the Central Plains culture and ancient Minyue culture and giving birth to south Fujian culture with unique peculiarity. Quanzhou is the principal cradleland of south Fujian culture in the world, the core area of ecological protection of south Fujian culture and an area enriched with south Fujian cultural heritage.
  Sixth, its gourmet food culture is the healthiest.
  Gourmet food in Quanzhou, comprised of nearly 300 varieties (more than 140 of them have written records), are made of fresh stuff, deliciously light and nutrient rich, giving “a Bit of China taste”. Quanzhou has been rated the quintessentially Chinese city of gourmet food by netizens worldwide.
  Seventh, its capacity to accommodate tourists is matchless in Fujian.
  There are 40 national grade A scenic spots now across Quanzhou, making it a city with the largest number of national grade A scenic spots in Fujian, 80 star hotels which put Quanzhou at the first place in Fujian in the total number of star hotels and higher-star hotels, and nearly 400 business hotels, specialty/theme hotels and homestay facilities, plus 98 travel agencies of various types; the complete transport infrastructures, including international airport, high-speed railway, Taiwan-oriented dock and expressway, provide good accessibility to the city. Therefore, Quanzhou is an ideal place for sightseeing tourism, recreational vacationing and business investment.