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Fuzhou is the capital city of the Fujian province which lies on the south east coast of China. Fujian borders Zhejang to the north, Jiangxi to the west and Guangdong to the South and it is also close to Taiwan which lies to the east of Fujian across the Taiwan Strait.
Fuzhou has functioned as a commercial port since the 6th century AD. In fact this port which specializes in the export of tea was also visited by Marco Polo. The actual port of Fuzhou is located in the suburb of Mawei and it has exported goods like timbers, paper, dried bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and sugar through the ages though in 1884 this port was destroyed by the French who destroyed the dockyard at Mawei as they destroyed much of the Chinese Navy.
Fuzhou is the provincial and administrative capital of Fujian and it is a major center for light industry as several western companies like Nike, Adidas, Reebok have factories which are based in Fuzhou. Fuzhou is largely inhabited by the Han people, but more than other 20 ethnic groups also reside in this city which is located in the lower reaches of the Minjiang River like the She, Man, Miao, and Hui peoples.The city’s landscape is dominated by its three hills namely Yu, Wu and Ping which stand at triangular positions along with the two pagodas Bai Ta(White Pagoda) and Wu Ta (Black pagoda) which face each other at a distance. Another important feature in Fuzhou is its abundant hot springs which attract visitors from all over China.
Fuzhou’s history dates back to more than 2000 years when it was founded as an administrative town during the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC). In 202 BC, Gaozu who was the first emperor of the Han Dynasty, appointed Wuzhu to be the governor of Fujian Province. During the Spring Autumn Period(a period in Chinese history, which corresponds to the first half of the Eastern Zhou dynasty from the second half of the 8th century BC to the first half of the 5th century BC), Fuchai who was the King of the State of Wu initiated ship building in the port of Fuzhou.
Fuzhou gained much prominence during the rule of the northern Song Dynasty(960-1127) as shipping routes from Fuzhou to Japan and the Middle East were established. During this time many banyan trees were also planted in Fuzhou which led the city to be called ‘Rong Cheng’ (Banyan City). Marco Polo passed through Fuzhou during the reign of the Yuan Dynasty((1271-1368) and during the Ming Dynasty, the famous Chinese navigator Zhenghe arrived at Changle near Fuzhou. Fuzhou was finally opened to foreign trade in 1842 after the conclusion of the Opium Wars.
Fuzhou enjoys a year round agreeable climate and the coldest month in Fuzhou is January when temperatures dip to about about 10ºC while the hottest month is July when temperatures in this port city register a balmy 28ºC, however the best time to visit this ancient port city is between the months of November to April when the weather is generally pleasant and cool as the humidity is not overbearing.
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The AO Nine festival
This unique festival is celebrated on the 29th day of the first lunar month. During this festival families in Fuzhou make a special congee ( a traditional Chinese rice porridge) which is known as “ao nine congee.’’ This congee is then used in ancestral worship or offered as gifts to friends and relatives. This “ao nine congee’’ contains various unusual condiments like peace noodles, water chestnuts, sesame seeds, dried longan fruits etc. Moreover the people of Fuzhou don't consider 9 to be a lucky number so if someone’s age is a multiple of nine or ends in the number 9 that person is expected to eat a bowl of peaceful noodles in order to keep evil away.
Fuzhou hosts several trade fairs during the year like the Cross Strait fair which is held during the month of May to promote trade in agricultural products and other commodities with Taiwan and the Fujian Technology and Projects Fair which is held annually in June in Fuzhou and aims to promote the exchange of technology with Taiwan.
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Airlines like Air China, China Eastern, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines connect Australian cities like Sydney and Melbourne to Fuzhou. The flight time of these journeys largely depends on the route that you choose to take and the stops that you are compelled to make though generally journey between Fuzhou and Sydney usually extends over 17 to 20 hours.
Australia does not have a diplomatic mission in Fuzhou but the country has its embassy in Beijing and has consulates in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.