Quanzhou is a major city in the Fujian province of China, and is sometimes referred to by the nickname ‘Citong City’ due to the paulownia trees that used to be heavily cultivated in the area. Quanzhou is a historic city, which can be dated back to Ancient China, where it was known as Guangzhou. It is formerly a major sea port and there are a number of artefacts in the city which reflect this history. Expats living in Quanzhou will be able to take advantage of a number of sights in the area such as the Kaiyuan Temple, the Heavenly Empress Palace, named the Tianhou Palace, as well as others. The city is home to a number of opera companies such as the Liyuan Opera and the Dacheng Opera and is an important center for modern culture in the area, too, with The Embassy Lounge and Fengze Square as examples of the excellent locations for arts and entertainment.
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The cost of living in Quanzhou is lower than in a number of other major cities in China, and the cultural attractions make it a desirable place for many to live. The city enjoys different seasons with warm summers and cooler winters, whilst the summers also bring a lot of rainfall. The city is key in terms of travel and expats moving to Quanzhou will find that it is easy to access other cities in China via air, road and ferry travel whilst there are also rail and bus services throughout Quanzhou. In terms of education, expatriates with families will find that there are a number of schools in the city, including several international schools and a number of universities. Expats relocating to Quanzhou may be able to find out more information about Quanzhou as well as what it’s like to be an expatriate in general by joining InterNations, a growing online expat community in which they may be able to socialize, network, seek advice, and find out information about the city as well as moving to China in general.
Quanzhou’s economy is mainly derived from exports, with the city being a key location for exporting items such as tea, rice, bananas and other fruits, as well as materials such as ceramics and granite. Expatriates working in Quanzhou may also find work in the city’s textile industry, with a number of products being exported from the area such as clothing, footwear and others, making the city an important location for apparel production in both China and the rest of the world. For more information about sourcing work, expats in Quanzhou should join InterNations where they can network and connect with fellow expats living in Quanzhou and across the world in order to find out useful information about various expat topics such as working abroad, housing, international education and more.