Chinese City Fact: Fuzhou

There are actually two cities in China named Fuzhou. This week’s facts refers to the capital of Fujian Province in Eastern China which is an important cultural city of around 7 million people.

Aug 2009 Alissa in Fuzhouphoto © 2009 Jack Parkinson | more info (via: Wylio)

The city’s history dates back a long way past 202BC when the first walled city of Fuzhou was built. Since then the city has changed names many times but has never been destroyed by natural disasters or wars since it’s construction in 202BC. In the 19th Century, Fuzhou became one of the 5 treaty ports following the Opium Wars and was opened up completely to foreign trade and commerce.

Aug 2009 Alissa in Fuzhouphoto © 2009 Jack Parkinson | more info (via: Wylio)

Today Fuzhou is an important industrial city specialising in textiles, wood products, food processing and chemicals. It was declared an “Open City” in 1984 and has since invited a lot of foreign investment. A high speed rail line was completed in 2010 and a metro underground line will be completed in 2014. Fuzhou continues to develop rapidly and is currently ranked 21st in terms of GDP across cities in China.

Fuzhou shopping 1photo © 2005 Jack Parkinson | more info (via: Wylio)

For more on Fuzhou please visit:

http://www.chinatoday.com/city/fuzhou

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