Fuzhou, the ‘Banyan City’, is a large Chinese city of some four million people just inland from the coast and directly opposite the island nation of Taiwan. It is a busy city with a past stretching back over two thousand years and a modern, industrial economy. Expatriates living in Fuzhou will have a wealth of history and ancient Chinese culture to explore, with famous temples to visit including the Yongquan, Xichan, Linyang, Fahai and Yunju temples, as well as the extraordinary Earth Tower of Hakka. The Sanfang Qixiang district is also hugely worth exploring – translated as ‘Three Lanes and Seven Alleys’, this ancient neighborhood gives expats living in Fuzhou an increasingly rare glimpse of how ancient China’s cities must have looked like. The West Lake Park, built around a two thousand year old man-made recreational lake, gives expatriates in Fuzhou a truly unique area of urban parkland to stretch their legs in. And last but not least, the Luoxing Tower is a local landmark built in the Song dynasty some thousand years ago and also always worthy of a visit.
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The city’s extraordinary history and thriving economy makes it an extremely well-connected destination that expats moving to Fuzhou have a number of choices for getting to. The Fuzhou Changle International Airport is served by flights from a number of Asian locations and expatriates moving to Fuzhou can get any one of a large number of connection flights from Beijing or other large Chinese hub airports. The city is also served by both standard and high-speed railways. Expatriates moving to Fuzhou can get plenty of general information on expatriation in the Expat Magazine, InterNations’ dedicated collection of articles on topics ranging from expatriate insurance and finance to living abroad and cross-cultural communication. We also have a number of articles by other InterNations members which offer a sneak preview of the sort of experiences lying ahead for expats moving to Fuzhou or any other foreign city.
The economy of Fuzhou is bustling with activity, with industries including engineering, chemicals, textiles, paper making, printing and food processing as well as a busy coastal trading port. It was recently declared an ‘open zone’, meaning that foreign investment is encouraged, and expatriates working in Fuzhou should find themselves very welcome. There is a vibrant after-hours cultural life, with a strong food scene that is well-known in the surrounding region and plenty of cultural and recreational things to see and do. Expats working in Fuzhou can get in touch with the local international community easily through the discussion groups and private communications on the InterNations website. This is the easiest way for our members to socialize, organize meet-ups or get the latest tips and information from other global minds in their host cities. Expats in Fuzhou can be sure to find a thriving international network here, and considering the city’s drive to welcome foreign investment, that network is only going to grow.