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Fuzhou City
Fuzhou ( Fúzhōu) is the capital and the largest prefecture-level city of Fujian  province, People‘s Republic of China. It is also referred to as Rongcheng (榕城) which means "city of banyan trees" and Mindong (闽东} (lit. East of Fujian) along with Ningde.

It is the capital of the province, and is situated on the north bank of the estuary of Fujian‘s largest river, the Min River, which gives access to the interior and to the neighboring provinces of Jiangxi and Zhejiang.


Culture

Fuzhou, also known as the City of Banyan after the many Banyan trees that dot the city landscape, may not be as rich in history as some other ancient Chinese cities but still boasts a fair number of historical sights.

People in Fuzhou mostly speak Min Dong (simplified Chinese: 闽东语; traditional Chinese: 閩東語; pinyin: Mǐndōngyǔ; Foochow Romanized: Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄) and Fuzhou dialect is consider the standard form of Min Dong language.

----Fuzhou dialect
Min opera, known as Fuzhou drama, is one of major operas in Fujian Province. It enjoys a good popularity in Fuzhou, Middle Fujian, East Fujian and North Fujian where Fuzhou dialect is spoken, as well as in Taiwan and Malay Archipelago. It became a fixed opera in the early 20th Century. There are more than 1000 plays of Min Opera, most of which originates from folk tales, historical novels or ancient legends, including such traditional plays as "Making Seal", "The Purple Jade Hairpin" and "Switching Fairy Peach with Litchi".


Cuisine
Fuzhou cuisine is associated with one of the four traditional cooking styles of Fujian privince. Fujian cuisine is known to be light but flavourful, soft, and tender, with particular emphasis on umami taste, known in Chinese cooking as "xiānwèi" (traditional Chinese: 鮮味; simplified Chinese: 鲜味), as well as retaining the original flavour of the main ingredients instead of masking them. In Fuzhou cuisine, the taste is light compared to other styles, often with a mixed sweet and sour taste. Fuzhou is famous for its soups.


Sightseeing
--Sanfang Qixiang (三坊七巷) (a cluster of ancient residential buildings dated from late Jin Dynasty)
--West Lake (福州西湖) (an artificial landscape style lake built in 282 AD)
--Hualin Temple (华林寺) (Built in 964 AD,Song dynasty)
--Dizang Temple (The temple of sacrificing guardian of the earth, founded in 527 AD)
--Xichan Temple (西禅寺) (founded in 867 AD)
--Wu Ta (乌塔) (Black Pagoda) (originally built in 799 AD, rebuilt in 936 AD)
--Bai Ta (白塔) (White Pagoda) (originally built in 905 AD, 67 m in height, collapsed in 1534 AD, rebuilt in 1548 AD, 41 m in height)
--Yongquan Temple (涌泉寺) (founded in 915 AD)
--Gu Shan (鼓山) (Drum Mountain)
--Fuzhou National Forest Park (福州国家森林公园)

Local Parks and Xihu Museum
--Xihu Museum (西湖博物馆)
--Wulongjiang Shidi Park (乌龙江湿地公园)(A wet Land Park, however the park is in distress due to ineffective environmental protection and land construction.)
--Senlin Park (森林公园)
--Zuohai park (左海公园)



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