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Quanzhou Zhongshan Street – Explore Splendid History and Culture of Quanzhou

Zhongshan Street is in the old city of Quanzhou. It runs through the entire city from south to north. The street was constructed in the 1920s and 30s, named after Sun Yat-sen, the founding father of modern China and a revolutionary leader.

Quanzhou Zhongshan Street Facts

  • Location: Licheng District, Quanzhou City, China
  • Opening hours: all day
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Needed: 2-3 hours
  • Best Time to Visit: all year round
  • Suited to: anyone interested in Quanzhou’s history and culture, architecture lovers, photographers
Zhongshan Road in Quanzhou City
Zhongshan Road in Quanzhou

What to Expect from Quanzhou Zhongshan Street

See the Unique Streetscape

Quanzhou Zhongshan Street is famous for its incredible number of overhanging buildings, a characteristic Southeast Asian style architecture. These buildings have arcades that provide shelter from terrible weathers. In fact, Quanzhou’s Zhongshan Road one of the only two commercial streets with well-preserved overhanging buildings in China.

Explore Quanzhou’s Culture and History

Zhongshan Street is the cultural and historical hub of Quanzhou, epitomizing the diversity of Quanzhou culture. You’ll find shops, restaurants, museums, temples, mosques, churches, and other cultural relics of the maritime silk road.

Witness Many Historical Heritages

UNESCO awarded Quanzhou Zhongshan Street the “Excellence Award of Heritage Preservation in the Asia-Pacific Region” in 2001. Walking along the road, you’ll find many stories and memories of the local residents passed down through generations. There are stores selling local specialties with family recipes and traditional cooking methods.

Best Time to Visit Quanzhou Zhongshan Street

Though you can visit Zhongshan Street in Quanzhou all year round and enjoy its cultural landscape, the best months are generally April to June or September to November. The weather is mild during these months and there are usually fewer crowds compared to tourist season in July and August.

Quanzhou Zhongshan Road at Night
Zhongshan Road at Night

Attractions Nearby Quanzhou Zhongshan Street

There are many other tourist attractions and site nearby Quanzhou’s Zhongshan Street. Here are some are some highlights you must not miss when you travel to Quanzhou.

  • Kaiyuan Templeis a famous Buddhist temple that dates back to the Tang Dynasty. It is the largest temple of Fujian Province. It’s known for its magnificent size, architecture, and history.
  • Chengtian Temple, also known as Yuetai Temple, is considered one of the three greatest Buddhist temples in Quanzhou. It showcases the coexistence of different religions and cultures.
  • Qingjing Mosqueliterally means the pure and clean mosque in Chinese. It is the oldest existing Islamic Mosque with an Arabic architectural style in the region.
  • Quanzhou West Streethas symbolized the prosperity of the city since as early as Song Dynasty. It is now a well-preserved commercial street with historical buildings, museums, and many stories of the past.

Getting to Quanzhou Zhongshan Street

Once you’re in Quanzhou city, take the No. 5 or No. 48 bus to Zhongshan Street. Or simply hail a taxi or book one online to Zhongshan Street.

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