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Quanzhou City
Quanzhou (Qu¨¢nzh¨­u)is a prefecture-level city in southeastern Fujian province, People¡®s Republic of China. It borders all other prefecture-level cities in Fujian but two (Ningde and Nanping) and faces the Taiwan Strait. In older English works, its name may appear as Chinchew or Chinchu.

Quanzhou was established in 718 during the Chinese Tang Dynasty (618-907). In those days, Guangzhou was China¡®s greatest seaport, but this status would be surpassed later by Quanzhou. During the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), Quanzhou was one of the world¡®s largest seaports, hosting a large community of foreign-born inhabitants from across the Eurasian world. Due to its reputation, Quanzhou has been called the starting point of the Silk Road via the sea. In The Travels of Marco Polo, Quanzhou (called Zayton, T¡®swan-Chau or Chin-Cheu) was listed as the departure point for Marco Polo¡®s expedition to escort the 17-year-old Mongol princess pride Kököchin to her new husband in the Persian Ilkhanate.

Quanzhou is also a migration source of many Overseas Chinese living in South East Asia and to Taiwan during the last couple of centuries.


History
Quanzhou was established in 718 during the Chinese Tang Dynasty (618-907). In those days, Guangzhou was China¡®s greatest seaport, but this status would be surpassed later by Quanzhou. During the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368), Quanzhou was one of the world¡®s largest seaports, hosting a large community of foreign-born inhabitants from across the Eurasian world. Due to its reputation, Quanzhou has been called the starting point of the Silk Road via the sea. In The Travels of Marco Polo, Quanzhou (called Zayton, T¡®swan-Chau or Chin-Cheu) was listed as the departure point for Marco Polo¡®s expedition to escort the 17-year-old Mongol princess pride Kököchin to her new husband in the Persian Ilkhanate.

Quanzhou is also a migration source of many Overseas Chinese living in South East Asia and to Taiwan during the last couple of centuries.


Culture
Quanzhou is one of the twenty-four famous historic cultural cities first approved by the Chinese Government.

--Liyuan Opera
--Puppet Show
--Gaojia Opera
--Dacheng Opera

Famous products
--Dehua Porcelain
--Huian Stoneware
--Anxi Tieguanyin

The city hosted the Sixth National Peasants¡® Games in 2008


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