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Quanzhou, China’s forgotten historic port, plenty of history and culture but no armies of tourists, this is China at its most authentic, says CNN Travel.

It is not a popular travel destination even for the local Chinese travelers, this makes Quanzhou the best place for foreign travelers to know the busiest port of the 13th-14th Century, a city is full of historical sites. Normally you can take a day tour from Xiamen to get a rough idea of it, or you can stay 1-2 nights in Quanzhou to slow down your paces and taste the beauty of this cultural and historical city.

For luxury travelers, InterContinental Quanzhou and Hilton Quanzhou Riverside are the perfect options for you.
— Your China Specialists

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Basic Information

Quanzhou, alternatively known as Chinchew, is a prefecture-level port city on the north bank of the Jin River, beside the Taiwan Strait in southern Fujian, China. It is Fujian’s largest metropolitan region, with an area of 11,245 square kilometers (4,342 sq mi) and, as of 2010, a population of 8,128,530.

Quanzhou was China’s major port for foreign traders, who knew it as Zaitonm during the 11th through 14th centuries. It was visited by both Marco Polo and Ibn Battuta; both travelers praised it as one of the most prosperous and glorious cities in the world. It was the naval base from which the Mongol attacks on Japan and Java were primarily launched and a cosmopolitan center with Buddhist and Hindu temples, Islamic mosques, and Christian churches, including a Catholic cathedral and Franciscan friaries.

A failed revolt prompted a massacre of the city’s foreign communities in 1357. Economic dislocations—including piracy and an imperial overreaction to it during the Ming and Qing—reduced its prosperity, with Japanese trade shifting to Ningbo and Zhapu and other foreign trade restricted to Guangzhou. Quanzhou became an opium-smuggling center in the 19th century but the siltation of its harbor hindered trade by larger ships.

The city features a humid subtropical climate. Quanzhou has four distinct seasons. Its moderate temperature ranges from 0 to 38 degrees Celsius. In summer, there are typhoons that bring rain and some damage to the city.

Source: Wikipedia