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Quanzhou

Quanzhou is a prefecture-level city in southeastern Fujian province, China. It borders all other prefecture-level cities in Fujian  and faces the Taiwan Strait.

Geography
Quanzhou is a coastal prefecture bordered by Xiamen sub-provincial city to the south west. It also forms another border with Zhangzhou and Longyan prefecture level city towards the west. Putian and Fuzhou forms Quanzhou's north east border and Sanming from the north. Quanzhou is mountainous and has many rivers and tributaries originating from the interior.

History
Quanzhou was established in 718 during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 A.D.). In those days, Guangzhou was China's greatest seaport, but this status would be surpassed later by Quanzhou. During the Song Dynasty (960-1279A.D.) and Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368A.D.), 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 bride Kököchin to her new husband in the Persian Ilkhanate.

Culture
Quanzhou is one of the twenty-four famous historic cultural cities first approved by the Chinese Government. It has many famous cultural facts and products, and the below  are frequently praised by tourists from home and abroad.

Liyuan Opera
Puppet Show
Gaojia Opera
Dacheng Opera
Quanzhou Martial Arts
Yongchun Martial Arts
Dehua Porcelain
Huian Stoneware
Qingyuan Tea Cake
Anxi Tieguanyin (a kind of Oolong tea)

Quanzhou Famous Tourist Attractions
Kaiyuan Temple
Heaven Queen Temple
Luoyang Bridge
Qingshuiyan Scenic Area
West Lake Park
Qingyan Mountain
Tumen Street
East Lake Park
Wuli Bridge
Cai Family Ancient Houses
Chongwu Ancient Twon



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