Fujina (Min for Short), a coastal province in southeast China facing Taiwan across the Straits, is one of windows for China's exchanges with the outside world, and home to numerous Chinese residing abroad and most of the Taiwan compatriots. Covering an area of 120000 square kilometers, the province is reputed as a "Mountain kingdom of Southeast China", because a series of mountains and hilly lands make up 80 percent of its total territory. It has a population of 34 million including Hans, Shes, Huis, Mongolians, Miaos, Zhuangs, Gaoshans, and so on. Fuzhou City is the capital of Fujian Province
The province's long history and rich tourist resources are set off splendidly by lush-vegetation-covered mountains and crystal clear waters. There are more than 40 main scenic spots in the provinces, and 40-odd sites under protection as key cultural relics. The Mount Wuyi is a UNESCO world natural and cultural heritage site. National scenic resorts include Taimu Mountain, Qingyuan Mountain, Gulangyu Island, Wanshi Mountain, and so on. Main sites of historical and cultural interest include Yongquan Temple, Nanshan Temple, Guanghua Temple, Kaiyuan Temple, Nanputuo Temple, and Luoyang Bridge.
The Mountain is located in the north of Fujian Province, Possessing a well-preserved ecological environment on a danxia landform, it is not only famous for its picturesque scenery—beautiful mountains, vigorous rocks, limpid waters, but also its centuries-old cultures. Main attractions include Jiuqu (Nine-Crooked) Stream, 36 peaks, 99 rocks, and so on. Every scenic spot is unique and fabulous. Mount Wuyi Preserve is also a paradise for the wild animals and plants. People call it the "world of insects", "heaven of birds" and "kingdom of snakes". In 1999, UNESCO inscribed the Mount Wuyi on the List of World Heritage.
Located 17 kilometers east from Fuzhou, the beautiful and secluded Drum Mountain with an elevation of 969 meters above sea level is centered by the Yongquan (Bubbling Spring) Temple. The temple built in 908, or the second year of the Later Liang's Kaiping reign during the Five Dynasties, is reputed as "as Number One of All Temples in Fujian". An ancient stone path with more than 2500 steps stretches along the slopes of the mountain to the temple. On both side of the path are luxuriant cypresses and pine trees, secluded streams and flowing spring. There are 50-odd scenic spots, such as Huilong Pavilion, Fangsheng Pond and Incense Burner Peak.
Covering an area of almost 1.8 square kilometers, Gulanyu Island is situated in the southwest of Xiamen proper. The blooming flowers, flouring trees and beautiful scenery win her a name of "Garden on the Sea". The Sunlight Rock, the highest point on the island, offers you a panoramic view of the sea and the city. Shuzhuang Garden is elaborately designed with artificial rocks, zigzagging bridges, beautiful pavilions and ancient caves, all setting off harmoniously.
On the southeastern outskirts of Xiamen City is the Buddhist Temple called Nanputuo. The famous ancient temple was first built during the Tang dynasty. It covers 30000 square meters with four main building—Hall of Heavenly Kings, Shrine of Greatness and Magnificence, Hall of Great Compassion, and Sutra-Keeping Pavillion—on the north-south axis.
Facing the sea in three sides, Jimei lies to the north of Xiamen proper, where is the hometown of Mr. Tan Kah-Kee (1874-1961), a famous overseas Chinese lead who devoted himself wholly to education. Mr. Tan built 12 different kinds of schools including Xiamen University, science center, gymnasium, library, hospital, art gallery, navigation club, and so on. Hence the town was also called "Jimei Academic Village". Mr. Tan's graveyard, the Turtle Garden, lies in the southeast of the town. Other attraction include Returnees Garden, former residence of Mr. Tan Kah-Kee, and Yanping Ancient Fortress.