Zhangzhou (漳州; Chiang-chiu in Minnan, Zhāngzhōu in Mandarin) is a city in the west of Fujian Province in China.
Prefecture consists of: Xiangcheng District (芗城区), Longwen District (龙文区), Longhai City (龙海市), Changtai County (长泰县), Dongshan County (东山县), Hua'an County (华安县), Nanjing County (南靖县), Pinghe County (平和县), Yunxiao County (云霄县), Zhangpu County (漳浦县), Zhao'an County (诏安县)
Minnan is the main language spoken in Zhangzhou. The local dialect differs somewhat from that of neighbouring Xiamen, but they are still similar enough to be mutually intelligible. Most locals are also able to speak Mandarin, so Mandarin speakers would not have any problems getting around.
By busThere are frequent buses from Xiamen (about 1 hour), as well as some direct service from most cities and counties in southern Fujian.
The railway arrangements in Zhangzhou have undergone significant changes recently. Since mid-2012, there are two passenger stations in the Zhangzhou metropolitan area: Zhangzhou Railway Station and Zhangzhou East Railway Station.
The spacious new
(which was known as Zhangzhou South during the planning stage) sits on the new high-speed railway (the Xiamen-Shenzhen line) about 10 km south of downtown Zhangzhou. Many of the high-speed trains travelling along the coast from Xiamen, Fuzhou and points north to Shenzhen stop here. There is also high-speed service inland to Longyan; many of the conventional trains from Xiamen to destinations in the interior of China use that line too.
The older is remarkably inconveniently located (miles away from the city, with few signs posted along the road, and fairly limited bus service; even some of the locals have only a vague idea as to where it is). Before the opening of the new Zhangzhou Railway Station all trains between Xiamen and the interior of China had to pass through Zhangzhou East station. Now many of them have been rerouted to the new rail line south of the city and the new Zhangzhou Railway Station, but a few (slower) trains still run through Zhangzhou East.
Finally, there is the Zhangzhou North Station, just north of downtown Zhangzhou. Don't go there: even though older maps still call it "Zhangzhou Station" (this is how it was called until 2011), it has no passenger service anymore.
By planeThe closest passenger airport is in Xiamen.
The city has extensive local bus service, with several routes extending to outlying suburbs (some of which are really cities in their own right, such as Longhai).
Nanjing Railway Stationaddress: Yanta Village, Shancheng Town (山城镇雁塔村)High-speed trains from Xiamen take between 30 and 60 minutes. From Zhangzhou, the journey time is just 15 minutes.
Nanjing Bus Stationphone: +86 596 7835824address: 129-6 Renmin Road, Shancheng Town (山城镇人民路129-6There are regular daily buses from Xiamen. Buses depart from the Fang Lake Bus Station (枋湖汽车站) in Xiamen's Huli District. The journey time is about 2 hours.
Zhangzhou urban area
phone: +86 596 2108779address: Intersection of Yingbin Avenue and Longwen South Road, Longwen District (龙文区迎宾大道与龙文南路加叉口)Zhangzhou's main museum.
Nanshan Templephone: +86 596 2023939address: 11 Shuang'an Road, Xiangcheng District (芗城区双庵路11号)Built in the 8th century AD, the Nanshan Temple is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in southeastern China.
Yundongyan Scenic Areaphone: +86 596 2102223, +86 596 2106258address: Caiban Village, Lantian Town, Longwen District (龙文区蓝田镇蔡坂村)The only scenic area in Zhangzhou's main urban area to be designated as a 4A-rated tourist attraction by China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The main feature is a rocky hill named Yundongyan (literally ‘Cloud Cave Rock'), which stands about 280 metres above sea level.
Most people travel to Nanjing County to see the Fujian Tulou clusters.
The Liu'ao Peninsula, in the southern part of Zhangpu County, has the ruins of an ancient fortress, good beaches, and interesting rock formations.
Xihu She Ethnic Township, also in Zhangpu County, has two 17th-century fortresses: Zhaojiabao and Yi'anbao.
Accommodation within the century-old Fujian Tulou is possible, offering a unique cultural experience. Many of the guest houses and inns are family-run and allow for a glimpse into the local rural life.