Top 10 Fujian Attractions, Top 10 Things to Do in Fujian

Plan your Fujian tour? Fujian, situated in the southeast China on the coast of the East China Sea, covers a land of 540 km from east to west and 550 km from north to south. Fujian is a vital navigation hub between the East China Sea and the South China Sea.

As one of the Chinese provinces closest to Southeast Asia, West Asia, East Africa and Oceania, Fujian is blessed with a rich history, famous historical sites and beautiful natural landscapes. For example, Mount Wuyi may enlighten you with its wonderland tour.

No. 01: Gulangyu Island 厦门鼓浪屿

Gulangyu, or “Drum Wave Islet”, is a car free island off the coast of Xiamen, which is is quite small and is across from the ferry terminal on Xiamen Island near Xiamen University.

Gulangyu Island covers an area of 1.78 square kilometers and stands opposite to Xiamen City across the sea. It is home to about 20,000 people and is a very popular tourist destination.

Among the many scenic spots on the island, the most attractive are Sunlight Rock and the Shuzhuang Garden. Gulangyu Island is renowned for its beaches and winding lanes and its varied architecture. The island is on China’s list of National Scenic Spots and also ranks at the top of the list of the ten most-scenic areas in Fujian Province.

On the top of the Sunlight Rock, the highest place on the Island.

Entrance Fee: CNY 100
Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: Visitors can reach it by ferry from Xiamen Island in about 5 minutes.

Check out How to visit Gulangyu Island for more information.

No. 02: Wuyi Mountain 武夷山

Wuyishan is a mountain range located in the prefecture of Nanping, in the northern border of Fujian province with Jiangxi province. Mount Wuyi entered UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites in 1999.

The cliffs and waters of Wuyi Mountain are outstanding. The average height of the peaks is over 1,000 meters above sea level. Wuyishan is also known for being of great historic and cultural value. The beauty of the mountain and its waters has made Wuyi known as the most attractive mountain in southeast China.

Nine Bend River Rafting Wuyi Mountains

Entrance Fee: CNY 140 (Ticket for one-day entrance);
CNY 150 (Ticket for one-day entrance);
CNY 160 (Ticket for one-day entrance)
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00

How to get there: There are Tourist Buses between Wuyishan City and Wuyishan Mountain. You can take the Tourist Buses from the downtown area of Wuyishan.

Check out the following travel articles for more informaiton on Wuyi Mount:

Top 10 Attractions in Wuyishan
Best Time to Visit Wuyishan
Wuyishan Railway Station
Wuyi Shan Airport
Wuyishan National Holiday Resort
Dahongpao Tea Trees
Heavenly Tour Peak
Nine Bend River
Wuyi Palace
Water Curtain Cave
Tiger Roaring Rock
A Thread of Sky
Impression Dahongpao
Wuyishan City Center

No. 03: Earth Towers of the Hakkas 福建土楼

Earth Towers of the Hakkas in Fujian is well-known for its long history, unique style, large scale, exquisite structure, varied functions and rich connotation. These buildings were constructed using fire-resistive material and therefore practically impregnable.

The ones that are round in shape are the most famous. Most of the round buildings are three stories high with a diameter of 70-80 meters. The formation of the Earth buildings amplify the wisdom and creativeness of the ancestors of the Hakkas settlers in Yongding County and Nanjing County, Fujian.

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: the whole day
Further Reading:
Hongkeng Tulou Clusters
Gaobei Tulou Clusters
Chuxi Tulou Clusters
Nanjing Tulou Clusters
Peitian Village
Yongding County
Xiayang Town
Fuyulou Changdi Inn

Check out Fujian Tulou Tour for more information.

No. 04: Peitian Village 培田古村

Peitian Village is located in Liancheng County of Longyan City in west Fujian. It is about 100km northeast of Longyan and 300km northeast of Xiamen. The Ming and Qing building complex has been well preserved with a history of over 800 years.

Peitian Village

The cluster of the ancient Ming and Qing buildings in the Peitian Village is one of the three kinds of vernacular Hakkak dwellings. The other two are Tulou(clay buildings) in Southwest Fujian and Weilong Wu (circled dragon houses) in Meizhou of east Guangdong.

Check out How to visit Peitian Village for more information.

No. 5: Three Lanes and Seven Alleys in Fuzhou 三坊七巷

Three Lanes and Seven Alleys ( Sanfang Qixiang in Chinese) is a national 5A level tourist attraction in Fuzhou. It is one of the remaining historic districts in the old city of Fuzhou after the city urbanization process. Fuzhou is the source of history, the root of culture, cultural prosperity.

Since Jin and Tang Dynasties, the Three Lanes and Seven Alleys had been the settlements of aristocrats and scholar-officials, and they became brilliant from the Qing Dynasty to the Republic of China.

An aerial view of Three Lanes and Seven Alleys ( photo from internet)

There are about 270 ancient dwellings in this area, and 159 of them have been listed as protected buildings. Three Lanes and Seven Alleys, represented by nine typical buildings such as the former residences of Shen Baozhen, Lin Jemin and Yan Fu, have been declared as national key cultural relic protection units by the State Council.

Entrance Fee: 120
Opening Hours: Open all day; paid attractions: 8:30-17:00
Add: Sanfang Qixiang, Gulou District, Fuzhou City, Fujian Province
How to get there: Take Fuzhou Metro Line 1 and get off at Dongjiekou Station, then walk to the nearby Three Lanes and Seven Alleys.

No. 06: Kaiyuan Temple 泉州开元寺

Kaiyuan Temple, which is situated in West Street of Quanzhou City, is the largest temple in Fujian Province. The temple is one of the outstanding examples of Chinese architecture and art.

Flying musicians are carved on pillars that support the roof of the Hall of One Hundred Pillars. The two pagodas that stand opposite each other in front of the main hall in the temple, Purple Cloud Hall, are octagonal five-tier stone buildings with exquisite carvings. Two images of Buddha are carved on each of the eight sides. Forty ancient Buddhist tales are inscribed on the walls of one of the pagodas.

Kaiyuan Temple
Kaiyuan Temple ( photo from internet)

Flying musicians are carved on pillars that support the roof of the Hall of One Hundred Pillars. The two pagodas that stand opposite each other in front of the main hall in the temple, Purple Cloud Hall, are octagonal five-tier stone buildings with exquisite carvings. Two images of Buddha are carved on each of the eight sides. Forty ancient Buddhist tales are inscribed on the walls of one of the pagodas.

Entrance Fee: CNY 10
Opening Hours: 07:30-17:30
Add: 176 West Street, Licheng District, Quanzhou City, Fujian
How to get there: take Bus No.2 or Tourist Bus No. 601 to get there

No. 07: Mount Taimu 太姥山

Taimu Mountain, located in the northeast of Fujian Province. In a narrow sense, Taimu Mountain refers to the mountainous area centered on Fuding Peak in Qinyu Town in the south of Fuding City. It is also the core area of Taimu Mountain Scenic Spot. It is 45 kilometers south of Fuding City. It stands on the shore of the East China Sea, facing the sea on three sides and backing mountains on one side. The main peak is 917.3 meters above sea level.

Taimu Mountain ( photo from internet)

Taimu Mountain is the only mountain peak forest landform developed on the terrain of granite hills in China, and also the only mountain peak forest landform in the Jingdong granite belt in China. It was listed in the World Geopark in 2010.

Open time May 1 – October 7: 07:00-17:30
October 8 to April 30 of the following year: 07:00-17:00
Add: 45 kilometers away from the urban area of Fuding City in Ningde City, Fujian

No. 08 Taining World Geological Park 泰宁世界地质公园

Taining Scenic Area: Taining World Geological Park, the national geological park, the national key cultural relics protection units, the national non-material cultural heritage, one of China top ten famous town charm, the Chinese excellent tourism county.

The main landscape features are water Danxia, canyon community, cave wonders and primitive ecology, which is a collection of singularity, diversity, leisure and culture.

The park is a comprehensive geopark with the typical youth Danxia landform as the main body and various geological relics such as volcanic rock, granite and tectonic landform.

Taining World Geological Park (

Add: Taining County, Sanming City, Fujian Province
How to get there:
By air
From Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and other places flying direct to Fuzhou, Xiamen, Wuyishan, and then connecting by bus to Taining.
By train
From Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Hefei, Nanchang, Fuzhou, Xiamen and other places train rides direct to Shaowu, Shunchang, Nanping, Sanming and other places, and then connecting by bus to taining.
By car
Taining to Shaowu 76 km, to Mount Wuyi 146 km, to Nanping 184 km, to Sanming 176 km, to Jiangxi Lichuan 85 km.

No. 09: Meizhou Island 湄洲岛

Meizhou Island, only 1.82 nautical miles away from the mainland, is located 42 kilometers southeast of Putian City, Fujian. It has a land area of 14.35 square kilometers and a population of 38,000 with the coastline of 30.4 kilometers. The island is 9.6 kilometers long from north to south and 1.3 kilometers wide from east to west.

Meizhou island, known as “Southland Penglai” boasts the Mazu Temple, the gold beaches, the little stone forest and more scenic spots. Especially It is known for being the birthplace of the goddess Mazu. The Heavenly Empress Palace-Meizhou Ancestral Temple has now been renovated and greatly enlarged to accommodate pilgrims.

Meizhou Island ( photo from internet)

In 1998, Meizhou Island was designated as an open tourism economic zone of Fujian Province. In 1992, it was established as a national tourism resort. In December 2020, Meizhou Island was listed as a national AAAAA scenic spot.

Traffic routes
Putian Bus Station (by bus) Xinwen Road, etc. — Wenjia Wharf (by boat) — Meizhou Island;
Fuzhou-Xiamen Expressway — Putian (to the direction of Meizhou Island) — Shimen O (exit) (Yuepu West Exit) — Wenjia Terminal (by boat) — Meizhou Island;
Bus No. 363 from Putian Railway Station — Wenjia Terminal (by boat) — Meizhou Island.

No. 10: Xiapu 霞浦

Xiapu County was established in Qing Dynasty in the year of 1734. Now it is under the adminsitration of Ningde City, in the northeast of Fujian Province.

It is located in a coastal peninsular area with the coastline of 505 kilometers. There are more than 400 islands in Xiapu. The long coastline and numerous islands and harbors have become the geographical characteristics of Xiapu.

Xiapu ( photo from internet)

Now Xiapu is very popular among landscapes photograpy lovers.

Hassle-free guided Fujian tours

Fujian Tulou Tour
Wuyi Mountain Tour
Xiamen Tour
Tulou  Tour

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Wuyishan
How to Visit Xiamen University
How to visit Island Ring Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Hulishan Fortress Xiamen
How to Visit South Putuo Temple Xiamen
How to Visit Zhongshan Road in Xiamen
How to Visit Gulangyu Island

Wuyi Palace Wuyi Mountains
Water Curtain Cave in Wuyi Mountains
Da Hong Pao, Dahongpao Tea Trees
A Thread of Sky, the Thread of Sky Caves in Wuyi Mountains
Impression Dahongpao, Impression Da Hong Pao

Peitian Village, Ancient Peitian Village in Fujian
Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Nanjing Tulou – Fujian Tulou
Chengqilou, Gaobei Tulou Cluster – Fujian Tulou
Zhengchenglou, Hongkeng Tulou Cluster – Fujian Tulou
Jiqinglou, Chuxi Tulou Cluster – Fujian Tulou

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