Fuzhou (福州; Fúzhōu) is the capital of Fujian Province in China. An older romanisation is "Foochow".
Fuzhou urban area consists of five districts:
- Cangshan District (仓山区; Cāngshānqū)
- Taijiang District (台江区; Táijiāngqū)
- Mawei District (马尾区; Mǎwěiqū)
- Gulou District (鼓楼区; 'Gǔlóuqū)
- Jin'an District (晋安区; Jìnānqū)
Fuzhou also administers eight counties:
- Fuqing (福清; Fúqīngshì) - an industrial town of about half a million
- Changle (长乐; Chánglè) - with a town and the airport
- Mingqing (闽清县; Mǐnqīngxiàn)
- Minhou (闽侯县; Mǐnhóuxiàn) - several universities have new campuses in this area
- Yongtai (永泰县; Yǒngtàixiàn) - scenic area with waterfalls
- Lianjiang (连江县; Liánjiāngxiàn)
- Luoyuan (罗源县; Luóyuánxiàn)
- Pingtan (平潭县; Píngtánxiàn) - an island
Downtown Fuzhou and the historic district
Fuzhou is an old port city, Marco Polo visited it. In the 19th century, it exported more tea than any other Chinese port. Today, it is the provincial capital and administrative center, and also a major center for light industry. Nike has a factory there, and a Taiwanese firm that makes shoes for Adidas, Reebok and others has four. All are large factories, with several thousand employees each. Fuzhou is right across the straits from Taipei, and there is fairly heavy Taiwan investment.
The city is on the Min River, a few km inland from the sea. There are many mountains and waterfalls in the hinterland, while sandy beaches are abundant in the coastal areas, especially in the town of Changle and the island of Pingtan. The actual port is in the suburb of Mawei, which has also been a center for shipbuilding for several hundred years. In 1884, the French destroyed a dockyard at Mawei, sinking a good part of the Chinese navy and killing hundreds. There is a museum to commemorate this. For a more general view of Fujian's seafaring history, visit the Maritime Museum in Quanzhou. The region also has its own culture and an architectural style distinct from other regions in China and Fujian, which can be found both in the city and in the towns and rural areas around it. The city has the oldest wood structure in South China (Hualin Temple) and has one of the largest historic downtown districts in China "Three Lanes and Seven Alleys" with over 200 residences from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The Fuzhou region has its own language, called Fuzhou Hua (Fuzhou speech) or Mindong also called Eastern Min, where "min" is another name for Fujian. It is mutually unintelligible with Minnan spoken south of Fujian or any other Min Chinese varieties spoken in other parts of Fujian. Like everywhere in mainland China, Standard Mandarin is the official language and the lingua franca of the whole country, Standard Mandarin is used in education and public media, so most Fuzhou locals can speak Standard Mandarin.
Fuzhou has a humid subtropical climate influenced by the East Asian Monsoon, with plenty of rainfall measuring 1.393mm on average. Extremes have ranged from -1.9°C (28.6°F) to 41.7°C (107.1°F). Winters are short, mild and dry (compared to the other seasons) and the average January temperature is 11.2°C (52.2°F). The average low is 8.2°C (46.8°F) and the average high is 15.2°C (59.4°F). Cold air masses originating in Siberia rarely arrive here, because they are blocked by the mountains in the north and west. Small portions of them however, may manage to penetrate through the mountains, causing night temperatures to fall below 5°C (41°F) in some cases. Frosts and snow are very rare, but there is a slight possibility of sleet occuring. On the other hand, when warm, moist air masses arrive from the South China Sea, daytime temperatures may surpass 20°C (68°F). Summers are very hot and humid. The hottest month is July, with 24-hour average temperature of 29.2°C (84.6°F). The heat during daytime is sweltering, because of the very high temperatures (the average high is 34.1°C or 93.4°F) and very high humidity (77% on average). Heat waves may occur and 40°C (104°F) readings are not uncommon. Keep in mind that during late summer and early autumn Fuzhou is in the path of hurricanes. Most of rain falls between February and September.
Fuzhou has air links to most other major Chinese cities. The airport is an hour from town in the suburb of Changle, ¥25 by bus. You can get the bus at the Apollo Hotel. There are also complimentary shuttles to the Apollo Hotel from other places such as the Min Jiang Hotel. Shared taxis also go from there, at around ¥25. A private taxi would be around ¥200, likely more unless you haggle well.
The airport also serves international flights to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, New York, Osaka, Singapore, Taipei and Tokyo
Direct overnight buses to/from Hong Kong, Shenzhen or Guangzhou exist, with sleeping bunks. ¥220-350, it is usually worth the extra for comfort. Buses from Xiamen are ¥70-90.
A two hour ferry from Matsu (Taiwan via an overnight ferry from Keelung) costs $1300NT (see seat61 for details). Customs and immigration is at the ferry arrival center. It does seem there are any ATMs here but a 1 yuan bus will take you to the city (40-50 mins). A taxi driver will quote 80 yuan for the ride.
The main Fuzhou train station is in the northeast of the city. You can reach it via #5 or #22 city busses, or it is cheap and quick by taxi from anywhere in central Fuzhou. There is also a new Fuzhou South station, located rather inconveniently. A taxi to it will be ¥50 or so from downtown and take about half an hour. The K2 bus runs between the two stations; the cheapest way to the South station if you have time is to go to the main station and take that bus from the parking lot off to your left as you face the station entrance.
A new fast train between Xiamen and Fuzhou is available, leaving from the main Fuzhou station almost hourly, for under ¥100 one way.
There is also a fast train from the South station to Shanghai via various towns in Northern Fujian, Wenzhou, Ningbo, and Hangzhou. Around 6 hours, ¥282 for second class, 330 for first.
Taxis are, ¥10+ for short trips and under ¥30 for any trip in town. Taxi rates are ¥10 for the first 3km, and then ¥1.4 per km and one more after 11PM.Taxis are more available in the downtown area, and are often hard to get outside there. Street cameras prevent taxis from stopping in certain areas, so if you are having trouble flagging down a taxi, look for a blue taxi stand sign to stand under. If you speak Chinese you can order a taxi by calling 968968, a ¥3 charge in addition to the fuel charges should be added to the total.
Note that taxi drivers in this town are pretty dishonest and will try taking long routes, charging you for "airport parking" and various other scams.
Buses are often crowded, but run often and more-or-less everywhere for ¥1. Most are air conditioned. If the bus you require is packed just wait until the next one, or the one after, it should only take 5-10 minutes, being stuck on a dangerously overloaded bus with several dozen/hundred people sweating all over you is an experience best avoided, especially in the summer months. However, you should be aware that bus service stops at 10pm, so the last buses are often very crowded and sometimes you cannot get one. Taxis and enterprising drivers will offer group rides from crowded bus stops to other parts of town, usually for ¥15.
Metro/Subway system is in the process of being built, with the aim of being finished in 2015.
Three Lane & Seven Alleys
- West Lake Park (西湖公园, Xihu Gongyuan), (Walk over a causeway to this park on an island in West Lake, located right in the middle of Fuzhou). Attractive urban lake in the center of Fuzhou. Rent paddle or electric boats and explore the lake. Walk over the arching footbridge to to the Fuzhou Science Museum, a small but nice museum featuring dinosaurs. Or, walk around the lake itself, it is surrounded by sidewalks and a boardwalk. As of spring, 2012 they also have Pandas in an enclosure where you can see them.
- Wuyi Square (五一广场, Wuyi Guangchang). A central square with a huge statue of Mao. Visit at dawn or dusk to watch the ceremonial raising or lowering of the flag by highly trained and immaculate soldiers. Or visit at 6AM-8AM or late on weekends to watch at least half a dozen of martial arts, both armed and unarmed, being practiced. The founder of Uechi-ryu karate, Uechi Kanbun, spent 13 years in Fuzhou, from 1897 to 1910. There are a group on the East side of the park who say their style is what he studied.
- Gu Mountain (鼓山, Gu Shan; lit.: Drum Mountain), (20 minutes bus ride from town). A Taoist temple houses nationally important archives written in monks' blood as well as superb veggie restaurant. It is a 1,900 meter climb, or a 20 minutes cable car journey to the top.
- Baiyun Mountain, (Near Gu Mountain). Less heavily trafficked than Gu Mountain. After the grueling top section, you will be rewarded by some genuinely beautiful hospitality and refreshing tea in a cave! Magic. Plus some great views over the city.
- Wu Mountain (乌山, Wu Shan). Overlooking the main square, a short walk to the hilltop which houses a pretty average temple. However, on the way up there is plenty of entertainment in the form of musicians and singers who congregate here to practice. The White Pagoda is also accessed by the same road behind Mao Tse Dong's statue and worth a look. There are several very good arts and crafts shops at the base of the hill. Haggle for all you are worth to obtain good prices. There is also an excellent Xinjiang restaurant near the top of the road up the hill.
- Qi Mountain (旗山, Qi Shan). A ¥5 bus ride from Fuzhou plus the last stage in a tuktuk or private cab (which will cost you around ¥150 for a return trip) up the winding 17km road to the site. A forest park with big, waterfalls and stunning views over receding mountain ranges from a vertigo-inducing suspension bridge. All this and monkeys to feed.
- Three Lanes and Seven Alleys (三坊七巷), (a block West of Dong Jie Kou). This historic district in the heart of the city is one of the largest historic downtown areas in China, boasting about 268 ancient residences dating from Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). Most of these residences feature the typical Foochow architectural style, which can only be found in the Eastern and Northeastern part of Fujian. The area was extensively restored around 2007, and as of 2012 additional work in neighbouring areas is still going on. Since 2011, ten of the finest residences require admission fees of ￥15 or ￥20 per person. A combo admission ticket including all ten is available for ￥120 (valid for 2 days). Many of the residences in the area are private homes, so tourists need permission from the residents to enter them.
- Hualin Temple (华林寺), 78 Hualin Road, Fuzhou. Hualin Temple is a Buddhist temple in downtown Fuzhou, which currently functions as a small museum and no longer provides Buddhist services. Built in 964 AD and survived over 10 centuries, this is the oldest wood architecture extant in South China (south of Yangtze River). The temple has a typical Tang dynasty style with simplicity and elegance. Despite its great historic and architectural importance, the site is rarely visited, but it is truly a hidden treasure for serious lovers of ancient Chinese architecture.
- Lin Zexu(林则徐, 1785—1850), Scholar and official, now considered a national hero for his strong opposition to opium trade. He was appointed as a commissioner to clean up the trade in Canton, where he seized and burned a large supply of opium. This provoked the First Opium War, which China immediately lost. Lin was blamed for some of this, despite his orders, and exiled to Xinjiang. Later, his reputation was restored. There is a statue of him in a small park in the Southeast of the city.
- Lin Juemin (林觉民, 1887—1911), one of 72 Revolutionary Martyrs at Huanghuagang, Guangzhou
- Bing Xin(冰心, 1900—1999), female Chinese writer
- Wu Qingyuan (吳清源, 1914—), Chinese Weiqi/Go player, considered by many players to be the greatest player of the game in the 20th century and one of the greatest of all time. He has lived in Japan most of his life and is generally known in the West by the Japanese name Go Seigen. There is a small park & museum dedicated to him on Wushan Lu.
- Paintball, (In Jinjishan Gongyuan, right on top of the hill). Great fun for those masochists among us who enjoy being hit by high velocity projectiles in delicate parts of the body. Not to be attempted in summertime!
- Walk in traditional architecture street, Nan Hou Jie (South of Xi Hu). Freshly renovated pedestrian street, back into time atmosphere, lots of small alleys to stroll by, great for shopping but avoid overpriced restaurants and bars.
- Sauna/SPA. Fuzhou is famous for its hotspring, many hotels have sauna and spa. They use to have three different pools, one hot, other boiling (for western standards), and a normal one. Sauna and Turkish bath use to be available, staff gives you all you need. Most of the saunas have massage center with different services.
The most famous handicrafts of the area are:
- Shoushan stone (寿山石). A unique variety of alabaster found only in Shou Shan(寿山) (about 40km from Fuzhou) used to make name chops and all types of beautiful carving.
- Lacquer work (漆器). Especially the Fujian bodiless lacquerware(脱胎漆器), considered one of the three treasures of Chinese arts and crafts. It is lightweight, durable, and often lovely. There is a factory on Wuyi Road(五一路).
There are also carvings in wood and jade, paper umbrellas and combs made of ox horn.
You may be offered ivory. Most nations have banned ivory to protect endangered species; do not buy it unless you are certain it is fake. In China, this is quite likely, but it is hard to be certain and it might be harder yet to convince customs officials if you try to bring it home.
- Electronic Market, Wuyi South Road (In front Apollo Hotel). 9-18. Hundreds of little shops plenty of mobile, Mp3, Mp5, Fake ipod, Fake iphone...Bargaining is recommended. However, the initial price is usually not as far above the real price as in Shanghai. There are also some big stores with real stuff.
- Powerlong (Baolong), (Just take taxi and say Bao-long). Big mall in Fuzhou, more than 200 shops and cinema. Premium brands are in first floor and have direct access to the street. Inside the little shops use to have fake items and Chinese low cost brands. There are many restaurants like McDonald's, KFC, Jazzy pizza, Kentucky...in the rear part there are small traditional Chinese restaurants, all staff speaking in Chinese, so difficult to communicate with them. Cinema (last floor) and Carrefour (second floor) are available in this mall. There is also a Fake Games Workshop store in the lower level B1.
Local specialties include:
- Yu Wan (鱼丸). fish balls, a Fuzhou delicacy, minced beef and pork inside a fishy flour ball of dough in a thin broth, excellent.
- Ban Mian (拌面). noodles with peanut sauce, a roadside cheapy
- Bian Rou (扁肉). a small boiled dumpling, under ¥2 a portion
- Guo Bien Hu (锅边糊). large steaming hot soft rice noodles inside soup of rice powder and water, hint of shrimp or oyster, under 2 yuan a bowl
- Oyster pizza (海蛎煎饼). a tradition food in Fuzhou Kind like a pizza but with fly oyster and leek in it。 Native people usually eat it in breakfast.
- Wai Bo Tai, (Just off Yeshan Road). Good menu, cheap, great fresh seafood.
- Hao Shi Jie (好世界), (on the corner of Ring Road Two (Er Huan Lu) and Yangqiao Road). Very expensive if you go upstairs, but stay on the ground floor and eat the dim sum which is cheap (under ¥250/head) and delicious.
- Moby Pizza, (On the second floor, northeast corner of Jintai Road and Bayiqi Road opposite McDonalds).
- Cafe Forum, (on the corner of Ring Road Two and Wushi Road). Good quality meals in a box and reasonably priced coffee, but the service can sometimes be atrocious. Hit it on a good day, it is great. On a bad day, it is dire.
- Ajisen Japanese Noodles (味千拉面), (Next to bus 8 stop on Bayiqi Road). A great range of noodles and tasty side dishes. Friendly service and pictures in the menu for those who can not read Chinese which is a real Godsend.
- Lemon leaf, 5F, 66 Hubin Road (opposite the front door of West Lake). Very good Thai food. Featured dish: lemon fish and curry crab. Not cheap, ¥50 per person on average.
- Roman Holiday, Jiao Tong Road, by the Hong Yun Xing Cheng Apartments (when you arrive near the apartments, there will be an alley on the right side of the street with advertisements of Italiand food, follow them down the alley until you see Roman Holiday on the left), ☎ 88902217. 11AM-10:30PM. Likely the best Italian food in Fuzhou. Excellent Pizza, pasta. Also, some good fusion Japanese/Italian/Chinese dishes. There are now 3 Roman Holidays in the city. The nicest one is near student street. Not cheap, ¥50 per person or more if you get drinks.
- Jazzy pizza, Many locations. Chinese alternative to Pizza Hut, good pizza and cheaper, salads and pasta are ok, too. ¥50-100.
- Bullfighter, Many locations (In Powerlong (Baolong) mall there is one, other in front of Shangrila). Steak house, you choose one steak and can use the salad and dessert buffet. ¥60-120/person.
- Ned Cafe, Ao Men Lu, near Nan Hou Jie (go to the end of old street and turn right, it's on the right hand side). The closest thing to a diner, with omelettes, salads, sandwiches, pastas, burgers, desserts and great cocktails. A little pricey. Expect to spend around ¥50+ if you drink.
- Saigon Court, Jin Tai Lu. Good quality Vietnamese food and beer, most dishes around ¥20
Restaurant zone in the cross between Gutian lu and Baiqi lu (behind Grand Ocean Mall) Near the pagoda you will find a place with a lot of restaurants in Fuzhou, with western and eastern food.
- Taiyro, GuanYa Guang Chang. Japanese food buffet. Free flow of drinks, sushi, sashimi and teppanyaki for ¥150/person. The sashimi used to be served frozen, not so good but sushi is acceptable and teppanyaki is good.
- Venue. French restaurant in Fuzhou, and perhaps the only one. More than ¥400/person
- Mamamya. Another Italian restaurant but not so good, pizzas are small and expensive, salads no good. ¥100 or more per person.
- Old Shanghai. Typical Shanghainese food, menu only in Chinese but with pictures, less than ¥100/person.
- Korean restaurant (in Ramada Hotel). One of the best Korean restaurants in city. BBQ in the table and good quality. Try the meat selection and the vegetables. More than ¥200/person.
If you're craving some Western staples, places to check out are: Metro, Sam's Club, Walmart and Carrefour. Another good market to check out is right behind the Apollo Hotel, they have a lot of imported goods. Grandmart, a gourmet supermarket, under the Louis Vuitton, reopened in 2012 and has a selection of imported foods and products.
Wanda Mall - there are now two Wanda malls. The first (Jinrong St.) has English movies and several recognizable brands names. The newest one (Cangshan - Pushang Ave.) has a Sephora, H&M, Zara, Abercrombie, a whole floor of restaurants, an IMAX 3D theatre (most films in Chinese only), Walmart and can easily have you feeling like you're in a mall in the United States. Clean, well layed-out, and Western toilets!
Bao Long - huge shopping mall with roller-skating, bumper cars, and recognizable brands. A lot of shops don't allow you to purchase your items in their area, instead you have to go to the pay center with a receipt, pay, and then return to the store section with the new receipt before they will give you your product.
Grand Shopping Center - Big designer names, like Louis Vuitton, are located in this luxury shopping center. Grand Mart, a gourmet supermarket, was under construction for the past year and recently reopened under a new name. The new gourmet supermarket is expensive but has an impressive selection of imported Western foods and products.
JinTai Road boasts tons of cute boutiques and shops for reasonably priced items.
Student Street - super cheap, great place to buy cheap purses, clothes and knickknacks.
B&Q and HOBA - can serve all your home supply and furniture needs. Quite pricey (especially HOBA ¥1000+).
Walmart, Metro, Tesco (Lifespace), Sam's Club - also have home appliances in addition to Western foods, such as mattresses, fans, heaters, ACs, microwaves, and toaster ovens.
The bars in Fuzhou must close at 2am by law. However, there are a handful that remain open past 2am. Check closing times before going.
The Party Bar, Tonghu Road (About 50 meters south of the main gate of West Lake Park). Has cheap beer, free pool table and live music. Popular with locals, sometimes quite crowded or noisy on weekends. Foreigners have stopped going since the tragic murder of Richard Gribble, a 23 year old Australian, by patrons of this bar.
Bai Ma Lu Bar Street - There is a strip of bars on Bai Ma Lu - the Taxi drivers know it as Shao Yuan Yi Hao as the name for the entire area.
- Shao Yuan Yi Hao (勺园一号), 福州市鼓楼区白马路勺园一号文化创意园 (Last bar on the strip), ☎ 0591-87890889 ([email protected]), . Has a host of foreign beers, British, German and Belgian as well as fine wines, a few single malts, and beautiful decor and people. Bit pricey, but worth it for the music and atmosphere. It is a beautifully remodelled warehouse, the sort of design you might expect in a Western city or perhaps Shanghai, but unique in Fuzhou.
- Tiny Bar, 福州市鼓楼区勺园一号文化创意园 (进大门右转), . close 2 am or later. The name says it all, the bar is TINY, but it has beer on draught, average mixed cocktails and most of the staff speak some English since it's part-owned by an Irish man. They also have great TVs that broadcast a lot of sports games, and they take requests.
- 57, Bai Ma Lu (next to Tiny Bar). close 3am. They have a live band and you can go on stage and sing while they play. ¥100 12 beers.
- Feeling Pub (非零), Bai Ma Lu. close 2am. Feeling Pub has a chill atmosphere, good wine and a decent selection of booze. The part owner is from Hong Kong and speaks English.An expat deathtrap and currently ruled by the "The york drones".
- 1-2-3 Bar, Baima Road (Almost opposite Shao Yuan Yi Hao). Cheap beer, convivial atmosphere, sometimes live music, stays open as long as you are drinking/semi-conscious. The sign says 1-2-3, but Chinese pronounce it "do-re-mi" for reasons that are not at all clear. This is also a hangout for Lesbians.
- Impression JiangNan (映像江南), 鼓楼区白马路勺园一号文化创意园10号楼印象江南咖啡层 (On the way to Shao Yuan Yi Hao), ☎ 0591-87918699. They have a live band, you can pay ¥100 for them to sing a request, or even go up and sing yourself, There is a bar counter for the lonely souls that go alone.
- The Bamboo Bar, (About 200 metres from Shao Yuan Yi Hao nearer to Yangqiao Road). Cheap beer, waterside tables, live football games on TV. Pushy owner, but easily ignored after a couple of beers! This bar might not exist anymore, please delete this if the bar has been closed.
West Lake Area
- The Pure Drop, Hubin Road (Near West Lake). A lively and convivial atmosphere, cheap, cold beer, live music every night.
- 66, West Lake Area (Across from West Lake). close 2am. This is a Pay for Play kind of club. The girls that work inside expect a tip of ¥300 if they drink with you.
- Victoria (维多利亚), (In between Prada and 66). close 2am. Just another club, nothing too special about it.
- Eden Bar (一点缘酒吧), 鼓楼区通湖路70号 (1 block from the Party Bar), ☎ 0591-63358551. close 2am. dive bar with a bar counter and a pool table
- Hou Hai Club (后海), 福州市鼓楼区五一北路129号 (On the corner of Wuyi Lu and Fuxin Lu 2nd floor), ☎ 0591-83217755. close 2am. All the girls that work here who book tables for you are really young. They have a bar counter as well. ¥200 minimum charge for a table.
- 80-Start, 冠亚美食节4栋04＃ (Within the guan ya food street), ☎ 0591-83317231, . close 2am. Opened by a bunch of girls who were born after the year 1980. Has wireless microphones you can sing into from 11pm until 1:30am ¥300 12 beers.
- Ferrari, Fu Xin Lu (Near Ping Guo). close 2am.
- Chav Bar, Nan Hou Jie (next to Starbucks in Nan Hou Jie). close 12am. They sometimes have a live band, and a DJ plays electronic dance music.
- Datuk, (near Nan Hou Jie on Jin Tai Lu). close 2am. They have a live band, play electronic dance music when the band is not playing. A very upscale lounge. They have an outdoor seating area with a BBQ, and a VIP second floor area. ¥98 a pitcher of beer.
- Lamborghini. close 2am. The most expensive club in Fuzhou, playground of the rich. ¥2680 a table.
- Bao Ma. This is where the rich ladies go to pick up good looking gigilos or "ducks" in Fuzhou.
- Saint Nobody, Beida Road (Near Guxi Church). The most mysterious club in fuzhou with cheap beer and good indie music. An anti-fuzhou look which makes you feel like a traveler lost in an unknown city.
- Jazz & Blues. There is no jazz or blues at this dance club, only live performances of pop songs and DJs. Main drink is beer or whiskey and tea. Cocktails and shots available for ¥40.
- Rosemary". Dance Club. Similar, but way better than Prada. Main drink is beer or whiskey and tea. Cocktails and shots available.
- Lili Marleen 1, 古田路88号 (Near Subway), ☎ 0591-83123666. close 2am. Similar to Prada. Staff dressed in army style clothing. Manager is friendly and speaks a little english, The tables are packed too tightly together, hard any space to dance.
- Wooshie Bar, Wusi Road, Gulou, Fuzhou (Near the McDonalds on the corner. Stairs upstairs non descript entrance), ☎ +86 591 8785 0151 . Small bar, live music, cheap beer (¥100 for 10), cocktails (¥25 each) and a relaxed atmosphere. Has a country music theme. Great place to go to enjoy something different from the usual fuzhou bar. Couches for free
- B Boss Club, Wu Yi Bei Lu and Gu Tian Lu Intersection. close 2am. Big Dance Club
- Mona Lisa Club (蒙娜丽萨酒吧), 福州市台江区八一七路洋头口站世茂百货2号入口, ☎ 0591-86218888. close 2am. Typical Chinese Club with a bar counter in the middle
After Hours Bars that are open past 2am. Keep in mind that after 2am in any city, Chinese or Western, most of the people out and about at that hour are inebriated and usually the dregs of society. Be aware of your environment, especially since Chinese will gladly join in a fight and gang up against foreigners without asking any questions. Even if you aren't doing anything wrong, you could find yourself in a bad predicament, so it's best to pay your bill and get out if you feel at all threatened or unsafe.
- COCO, 福州市仓房街37一层（先施大夏后门） (half a block west of BBoss), ☎ 0591－88880598. close 6am. This is the kind of place that the guys take the KTV girls to after the KTV closes. If you want to sit in the upper section it's ¥300 minimum charge for those tables. The loose tables on the lower level have no minimum charge. ¥15 beer.
- Honey's (哈尼), Da Ming Lu (Just tell the taxi driver Da Ming Lu and look for a lot of people eating on the street. get off and look for Honey's). close 5am. They have a bar counter as well as private booths. ¥15 beer.
- Maya (玛雅), 湖东路168号. close 6am. modeled after Mayan culture. They have working girls that charge ¥300 tip ¥200 15 beers.
- Aegean Sea, 鼓屏路47号, ☎ 0591－88522779. close 6am. ¥30 Budweiser.
- Jia Di Si (嘉迪斯音乐会所), 湖东路, ☎ 0591－8755777. close 5am. They have working girls here too.
- Burberry (芭宝李 Ba Bao Li), Hot Spring Hotel. close 5am. ¥30 a beer.
- Wu Ye Ling Dian, Liu Yi Lu. close 5am. Pay for Play, they have a room where working girls are waiting for you to pick them. ¥300 tip ¥30 a beer.
- FuLiHua KTV (富梨华自胙 KTV), 福州市乌山西路黎明街18号 (富黎华酒店内), ☎ 0591-83750877.
- World Beer Museum, Liuyilu. 3 until you leave (11 if you're with Rhys). Popular bar with an exceptionally wide variety of international beers on offer. Highlights include famous German Brew, Green Glenk (be sure to avoid the blue and red cans, navy and gold are acceptable). Friendly staff and a nice atmosphere. Be wary of a local Irish expat who seems to frequent the bar on most nights.
There are a number of cheap hotels around the railway station.
- Jinjiang Inn (Fuzhou Railway Station (锦江之星（福州火车站店）), 41 Qinyuan Road (Qinyuan Lu), . Located at the intersection of Qinyuan Road and Hualin Road, the Jinjiang Inn's full name tells you all you really need to know-the Jinjiang Inn (Fuzhou Railway Station) is adjacent to Fuzhou bus station. (The full name in Mandarin: Jinjiang Zhixing Fuzhou Huochenzhan Dian). The North Long-distance Bus Station is also within a short walking distance from the hotel. Daily rates starts from ￥169.
- Hualin Hotel (福州华林大饭店), 201 Hualin Road (Hualin Lu, . The Hualin Hotel (Hualin Dafandian) is within easy reach of provincial government buildings, Wenquan Park and the commercial district. This Fuzhou hotel offers Chinese buffet breakfast, 24-hour access to natural hot springs and free broadband internet. Daily rates starts from ￥155.
- Ju Chun Yuan Hotel (聚春园大酒店), Dong Jie Kou (A central intersection). Very central for shopping and such. Has a well-reputed Chinese buffet, a KFC and a UBC coffee shop. ¥200-odd a night.
There are some nice hotels in Fuzhou:
- Fuzhou Lakeside Hotel (西湖大酒店), 158 Hubin Road, ☎ +86 591 87839888, . Ask for a room with view of West Lake. This was Fuzhou's first five star hotel, now past its prime. Still a lovely location, though.
- Empark Grand Hotel (世纪金源大饭店, lit.: Golden Resources Hotel), (Off Wushi Road, to the east). Good Macau restaurant on ground floor.
- Shangri-La Hotel (香格里拉大酒店), (Corner of Wuiyi Square), . 5 star luxury. Try the burger in the lobby if you are tired of Chinese food. Also has a great and (by five-star standards) inexpensive coffee bar with free internet access.
- Westin Hotel, WanDa Mall. This western chain has a new hotel at the WanDa Mall next to the river. Very nice accomodations for Westerners and a good location.
- Howard Johnsons, Mawei District. Don't be fooled by the name - this is not the HoJos you are accustomed to in the US. Very classy hotel with a good western restaurant on the ground floor and an excellent Japanese reestaurant on the second floor.
- Best Western, Downtown (Near Hot Springs Park). Nice western hotel with soft beds in a good location. Half block from Hot Springs Park.
The area code for Fuzhou is 591.
Westin Fuzhou Minjiang Hotel (福州万达威斯汀大酒店), (On the bank of Fuzhou Minjiang River).Phone: (86)(591) 88111111. 5 star international Brand Hotel in Fuzhou. The 5sense Restaurant has high level Chinese cuisine with imported seafood and meat and western touch.The musicians in lobby bar perform wonderful music in the evening.
- Mount Wuyi - scenic area famous for tea, ancient cliff burials and relics of the 3000 years old Minyue Culture. The landscapes here are surreally beautiful.
- Xiamen - three hours by bus, an hour and a half on the new fast train.
- Qinyun Mountain - a scenic mountain area about 65km from Fuzhou near the small town of Yongtai. Lots of great walks through river valleys with tons of sub tropical flora and fauna and those ubiquitous waterfalls. Worth an overnight visit.
- Langqi Island - a 45 min bus ride from Fuzhou, via Ma Wei. On the east of the island there is a splendid beach with few visitors. Cute old ferry takes you there from the mainland for ¥2.
- Tulou - round earthen houses built for multiple families and easy fortification when two main doors are closed. Southwestern part of Fu Jian Province. Many tourist buses leave out of Quan Zhou and/or Xiamen.
- Quanzhou - old city between Fuzhou and Xiamen, reachable by bus or train. Around the year 1000 this was the main shipping port for south China and Marco Polo wrote extensively about it when he visited. Good temples and a 1000-year-old mosque, recently rebuilt.