UHPC2018-China
The 2nd International Conference on UHPC Materials and Structures
November 7-10, 2018, Fuzhou, China

General Information

About Fuzhou

Fuzhou is the capital of Fujian Province, located on China’s southeastern coast. With a long tradition as a coastal port and shipbuilding center, Fuzhou is the major coastal city. Between Hong Kong and Shanghai. It is known as “Banyan Town” after the subtropical banyan trees planted there since the Song dynasty. As the central city of a province with many ethnic and linguistic links to Taiwan, Fuzhou has benefited from cross-strait investment and is today a major commercial and manufacturing center. Fuzhou lies in the eastern coast of Fujian province in the downstream plain of Min River. The city faces Taiwan across the water to the east and the Fuzhou Municipality is sliced through by the Min River, which runs into the east sea.

Climate & weather

Fuzhou enjoys a typical sub-tropical marine climate, which is characterized by mild temperatures. The average annual temperature is around 20-25 °C. July and August are hottest months in a year when the temperature reaches over 33 °C. Winter is pretty warm, although temperatures on the coldest nights can drop to -2.5 °C. Generally speaking, the climate of Fuzhou is comfortable, providing tourists with the opportunity to visit the city all the year round, especially between April and November.

Fuzhou’s food

Fuzhou cuisine is a major part of Fujian culinary art, which is distinguished by its choice seafood, rich colors and its sweet, sour and sometimes salty taste. In particular, Fujian cuisine is recognized for its picked flavor. Skilled gourmet chefs pay great attention to detail to ensure the dishes are seasoned property and presented gracefully. Overall, Fujian cuisine can be characterized as having a refreshingly light, savory, sweet and sour taste. Fujianese are also very passionate and discerning when it comes to soups. Several variations of one soup are often available on the menu, each variation bringing its own unique flavor. Fujian soups are not only nutritious, but they also help cool down the body in summer and warm the body in winter. Fuzhou’s special dishes include Buddha Jumps over the Wall (Steamed Abalone with Shark’s Fin and Fish Maw in Broth), sea clams in chicken soup, Glossy Ganoderma Mushroom and Jade Cicadas, Litchi Pork, fragrant sliced snails with a touch of distillers’ grain, jadeite pearl abalone, and chicken with distiller’ grain.

From the lavish to the simple, Fuzhou cuisine is enjoyed at all levels. Its snacks are no exception: typically light, yet hearty, these snacks include fried oyster, lightly fried dumpling, clam cakes, thousand layer cake, meat balls and Taiji mashed taro. The Banyan City (Rongcheng) Food Street is a 300-meter-long street located at Taijiang Yingzhou Road, with South Wuyi Road to the north and Taijiang Pedestrian Street to the south. The east part of the street was built up as a food and flavor street and decorated in an antique style. You can find more than 1,500 kinds of delicious foods and snacks which draw not only upon the culinary arts of Fujian province but also upon those of Southeast Asia.

Places to shop in Fuzhou

Fuzhou is not only the capital of Fujian province and a major port in eastern China, but is also noted for its unique local products. Traditional handicrafts such as bodiless lacquer ware, Shou Mountain stone carvings and Fuzhou cork pictures are all well known for their aesthetic beauty and craftsmanship. Together they make up the “Three treasures of Fuzhou”. Although Fuzhou grows a number of subtropical fruits like tangerines, litchi (lychee), loquats and longans, it is the local teas that have gained a good reputation both at home and abroad. Wulong tea and Tieguanyin tea are very popular as they are reputed to be useful in losing weight and keeping the body free of antioxidants. Fuzhou has abundant shopping district, including Dongjiekou Shopping District, Wuyi Road Shopping District, Bayiqi Road Shopping District, Taijiang Road Shopping District, Zhongzhou Island Shopping District, Zhongzhou Commercial Street and Cha Ting Commercial Street. Fashion clothing markets include Fuzhou Clothing, Shoes and Hat Market and Antai Center Night Market.

Places of interest in Fuzhou

Fuzhou, the capital city of Fujian province, has left many colorful marks over time. You will definitely be shocked by the historical background of Fuzhou when you are shuttling through the pavement in Three Alleys and Seven Lanes, standing still by the torrent of Min river, wandering among the shadows of the National Forest Park, climbing up the Gushan mountain and Guling ridge with delicately beautiful sceneries, seeking the touching stories behind the Mawei shipbuilding culture and Pagoda Anchorage Park.

It is a tourist city that boasts both natural and manmade sights. Famous mountains include Mt. Gu, Qi, Shizhu, Baiyan and Xuefeng etc. Famous temples include Yongquan, Xichan, Linyang, Fahai and Yunju etc. Famous tombs like Tomb of Lin Zexu etc. Famous gardens include West Lake etc. Famous towers include the White, Wu and Luoxing etc. Famous bridges include Wanshou and Longjiang etc. Many former residences of celebrated historical figures scatter at Three Alleys and Seven Lanes. More attractions are: Earth Towers of the Hakkas and Mount Wuyi. You may find that there are too many things to see here in a short trip.

Fuzhou Culture

The City of Banyans is distinct from the mainstream inland cultures of central China, and is vary from other areas of the Chinese coast in details.

Besides Mandarin Chinese, the majority local residents of Fuzhou (Fuzhou people) also speak Fuzhou dialect, the prestige form of Eastern Min.

Min opera, also known as Fuzhou drama, is one of the major operas in Fujian Province. It enjoys popularity in the Fuzhou area and in neighboring parts of Fujian such as the northeast and northwest areas where the Fuzhou dialect is spoken, as well as in Taiwan and the Malay Archipelago. It became a fixed opera in the early 20th century. There are more than 1,000 plays of Min opera, most of which originate from folk tales, historical novels, or ancient legends, including such traditional plays as "Making Seal", "The Purple Jade Hairpin" and "Switching Fairy Peach with Litchi".[28]

Bodiless lacquerware, paper umbrellas and horn combs are the "Three Treasures" of Fuzhou traditional arts. In addition, bodiless lacquerware, together with cork pictures  and Shoushan stone sculptures are called "Three Superexcellences" of Fuzhou.

Fuzhou Entertainment

As a modern southern city, Fuzhou City is a flourishing entertainment center. All manner of places of entertainment, night clubs and sauna etc. line the busy streets. These places are massed in the area of Jiangjun Temple, Liuyi Lu and Dong Jie Kou. The Hot Springs are a feature of Fuzhou, and are scattered around the Hot Spring Hotel. Air force No.1 (Address: No.256, Liuyi Bei Lu) is one of Fuzhou's special recreation places. The recreation programs are elaborately designed each day to cater to your taste - song and dance shows, instrumental performances, fashionable dress shows and honorable guests' performances on Friday and Saturday. Pyramid Music Square, in the parking lot of Fuzhou International Exhibition Center, offers light music, disco and entertainment shows and also they invite stars from different regions to give performances every day. Taoyuan Tea House has a high grade and well served elegant environment. Although there are some wonderful recreational places for tourists to visit in Fuzhou City, the nightlife there is not as glamorous and fascinating as the metropolis of Shanghai and Beijing, etc.

The traditional folk entertainment activity prevails among the local people. Fuzhou Pinghua and Fuzhou Opera are looked upon as the most popular and tourists can, if interested, appreciate them at theaters during the circuit performances.

In addition, the night spots of Wuyi Square, Dong Jie Kou and Wusi Lu, etc. are all very attractive.

Fuzhou Transportation

Here we have a simple introduction of orientation for guiding tourists' first trip through the downtown area. In terms of geography, the city center  is Wuyi Square and Dongjiekou is the commercial center of the downtown area. From railway station bus No. 20 will take tourists to Dongjiekou, Bus No. 51 will bring tourists to the crossing of Wusi Lu and Hudong Lu - the financial center of the city, and bus No. 821 will take tourists to Jinshan, the new expanded city area.

Air:

Fuzhou Changle International Airport (FOC) is situated in a sandy area of southeast Zhanggang Town, Changle City, some 50 kilometers (about 31 miles) from the city center, and is a modern, seashore based International airport. There are now more than 80 domestic and international airlines to approximately 55 cities. Domestic services include flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Jinan, Shenyang, Harbin, Chongqing, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Kunming, Haikou, Urumqi and Xian, etc. International services include flights from Singapore, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Osaka to this city. There are also daily scheduled flights from Hong Kong and Macau.

Train:

Fuzhou Railway Station is the transportation hub of Fujian Province. It is located at the north end of Hualin Lu, in the northern part of the downtown area. This station is connected with the national railway network and operates services to Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, Zhengzhou, Nanjing, Nanchang, Guiyang, Changsha, Hefei, Chengdu, Chongqing, and Shenzhen. On June 28th, 2015, high speed trains to Beijing, Wuyishan, Wuyuan, and Shanghai have also turned available here, which has greatly reduced travel time between the two cities. Also there are tourist lines from Nanping, Longyan, Yong'an and Wuyi Shan to this city. Every day, 16 pairs of trains leave and reach this railway station to and from 16 major cities of the country. Apart from the ticket offices set within the railway stations, there are also thirty-eight ticket offices in total all over the city, which greatly facilitate people to choose the nearest to them.

Bus routes to the railway station: 2, 5, 17, 18, 20, 26, 51, 810, 821, 905, 917, 949, 951 and 966, also Yaxiya Zhuanxian (Asia Special Line), Xi/Dong Er' Huan Zhuanxian (Western/eastern 2nd Ring Road Special Line) and Nongda Zhuanxian (Agricultural University Special Line) to downtown area for the ticket of CNY1.

Bus routes to the south railway station: K2, 83, 124, 140, 155, 161, 167, 176, 305, 306, 309, 503

Subway:

Fuzhou now has Line 1 in service, running between Xiangfeng and South Railway Station. According to the long-term plan, Line 2, Line 3, Line 4, Line 5, Line 6 and Line 7 will form the basic urban rail network. Lines 5 and 7 will travel across the Minjiang River, and line 4 will run across the Wujiang River.

City-Bus:

It is very convenient for tourists to go around the downtown area by bus. The ticket price is CNY1, tourists should ensure they have small change prior to boarding, the price increases to CNY2 from May 15th to Oct 15th if the bus is operating its air conditioning.
Some information on tourist buses to some sights in this city follows:
West Lake Park - Nos. 1, 805, 809 and 810  
National Forest Park - Nos. 45, 811, 802
Shoushan National Mine Park (Shoushan Waterfall Scenic Area) - getting off the buses Nos. 808 or 817 and then transferring to special tourist buses to the scenic area 
Mt. Gu - Nos. 7 and 49, also there are buses near Wuyi Square that will take you to Mt. Gu, which will take an hour and a half (about CNY10).
Mt. Yu - Nos. 11 and 20 (2 hours way)
Xichan Temple - Nos. 33, 38, 39
Memorial of Lin Zexu - Nos. 1 and 20

Taxi:

Around 5,000 taxis serve in the city. It is the best choice for people who have a tight schedule. If you go to the city for the first time, do ask the driver to charge by the meter in case of being overcharged. The flag-down rate is CNY10 for the first 3 kilometers (around 1.9 miles) and it costs CNY2 for each additional kilometer (0.6 mile). Between 23:00 and 05:00 the next day, the price of each extra kilometer rises 20%, i.e. CNY2.4. If a taxi runs farther than 8 kilometers (around 5miles), extra 50% is charged for empty return. 

Fuzhou Tips

Postcode: 350000

City Code: 0591

Credit Card: It is very convenient for tourists to use credit cards in hotels and emporiums in the Fuzhou downtown area. Before payment, tourists should check whether the card is accepted in the hotels or emporiums. The Most widely accepted credit cards are Master and Visa card, JCB, AMEX and Diners Club, and also dragon card of China Construction Bank, peony card of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and great wall card of Bank of China.

Post Office:

Fuzhou Post Office

Address: 259, Hualin Lu

Bank:

Fujian Branch of Bank of China

Address: 136, Wusi Lu

Telephone:

Phone booths can be easily found along the street. The fee for public phones and in some manned booths is as follow:

Local calls cost CNY0.4 for the first 3 minutes and CNY0.1 for each additional minute.

Toilet Facilities: big shopping malls and fast food restaurants all have clean and sanitary toilets, though some charge a fee for their use.

Emergency:

Fire: 119

Police: 110

First-Aid Center: 120

Useful Numbers:

Civil Aviation Ticket Office (in Wuyi Lu): 0591-83345988

Fuzhou Tourist Bureau: 0591-83355312 (for tourists' complaint)

Address: 96, Wushan Lu

Emergency Center of Fujian provincial hospital: 0591-87556436

Address: 134, Dong Jie Kou

Fujian Provincial Women and Children Health Care Hospital: 0591-8755780087