Monday, 16 November 2009

Impression Fuzhou-----Cold Winter

Oh,my god! It's so cold these days! Temperature is really low and it's raining.
I have to say it's really cold in winter in the city of Fuzhou.I hate the cold winter here.

Impression Fuzhou-----Another look at Fuzhou Food

Fuzhou is the capital city of Fujian province in Southeastern China. Fujian province is one of the most linguistically diverse province, so the idea that people from Fujian province all speak Fujian dialect is apparently not true. Anyway, so why am I so interested in this? My paternal grandparents are from Fuzhou, so technically, I love eating some Fuzhou dishes, and my favorite to this day is still the Fuzhou fishball soup.
Fuzhou fishballs are slightly different from the regular fishballs because they usually come with stuffed minced pork inside. If you don't know what a fishball is and you are starting to wonder if fish have balls, or if I am talking about fish genitals, then sorry to disappoint, it's not that exotic. Fishballs are made by pounding fish meat into a soft paste, adding flour and making into round shapes. The end result is these little yummy things cooked in clear broth (see second photo).

On the corner of Eldridge & Broome is this unattractive looking small restaurant that sells Fuzhou food, I always see people eating there (note: only Chinese though) so last weekend I went and ordered the fishball soup & ban mien (noodle with peanut sauce). The fishballs weren't as good as the ones I grew up eating, but it was comfort food nonetheless. I thought peanut sauce (and some soy sauce) on noodles would be a bit weird but it was actually quite delicious. And the best part was, two ban mien and a bowl of large fishball soup (with 11 fishballs) only came up to $7 for two people!

Friday, 30 October 2009

views of my hometown,fuzhou

Hey,guys! How do you like it?

A breif introduction to Gulangyu Island

Gulangyu Island
Gulangyu Island is a tiny island with an area of 1.78 square kilometers to the southwest of Xiamen across the sea. It is covered with beautiful green trees, bushes, and flowers; this is why it is also known as the "Garden on the Sea". Gulangyu Island is free of motor vehicles of any kind, and its local residents love music. More than 500 households on the island own pianos, so the island has a reputation of being an island of music. Because it has preserved many houses in different European styles of the 18th century, it is nicknamed an international exhibition of architecture. The main places of interest are Riguang Rock, Riguang Monastery, Shuzhuang Garden, Zheng Chenggong Memorial Hall, and the newly built Haoyue Park to honor Zheng Chenggong.

Impression Fuzhou----Kaiyuan Monastery of Fuzhou

the Kaiyuan Monastery
Situated on Xi Street of Quanzhou City, the Kaiyuan Monastery was first built during the second year of the reign of Emperor Chuigong of the Tang Dynasty (686). It covers more than 30,000 square meters and is one of the largest Buddhist buildings in the Fujian Province. Its main hall, Daxiongbaodian, is supported by 100 stone columns. Hence, it is nicknamed the Hundred Pillar Hall, each carved in beautiful and different designs. Carved on the cross beams are 24 flying singers and dancers resembling angels in Catholic churches. They are masterpieces of Chinese folk arts and crafts. A hall in the rear keeps five major Buddhist scriptures in 37,000 volumes. In front of the front hall are two towers over 750 years old, the tallest stone towers in China.As the earliest monastery that is kept intact in Fuzhou,Kaiyuan Monastery gets many visitors from home and abroad every year.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Impression Fuzhou------5-Star Hotel

There are five 5-star hotels in Fuzhou.All of them have their respective traits and advantages.Now,let me introduce them to you one by one!

Shangri-La Hotel The Shangri-La Hotel, Fuzhou opened in 2005, and immediately redefined luxury and service in a city known for appreciating creature comforts. The modern conveniences such as complimentary wired or wireless broadband Internet access in public areas and each of the 414 guest rooms and suites combine with sumptuous bedding and stellar views to make this hotel in Fujian a premier destination.Located directly in the downtown area, the hotel offers immediate access to Fuzhou's business locales and shopping districts. And, with the largest pillar-less Grand Ballroom in Fujian Province, the hotel is a premier location for weddings, receptions and conferences.

Empark Grand Hotel Located in the financial center - Hot Spring Road, adjoining the International Exhibition Center, Hot Spring Park and Fuzhou Plaza, the modern 5-star hotel - Empark Grand Hotel, Fuzhou, including accommodation, exquisite dinning, entertainment, conferencing, flat apartment. With the total square area of 80,000, the 28 stories high hotel features 383 deluxe guestrooms and suites, Chinese restaurant, cafeteria, Japanese restaurant, conference rooms, health and recreational center, making it ideal for both business and leisure travellers.

Fujian Foreign Trade Center Hotel One of the earliest advanced hotels in Fuzhou,it has gained trust from officials and overseas guests.Fabulous service and living condition with reasonable price will definitely touch your heart! The hotel was first built up for foreign trade in Fujian Province because Fujian is one of the earliest opened provinces to foreign trade to overseas investors.

Hot Spring Hotel Hot Spring Hotel is ideally located in the downtown treasure land of Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian province, 1 km from city center, 49 km to the International Airport and 3 km to the railway station. Fuzhou Hot Spring Hotel enjoys 24-hour natural hot spring water and its convenient transportation. The creative design of central courtyard within the hotel implicate its perfect combination of oriental and accidental architecture. The hotel provides you with its professional and perfect facilities for eating, living, shopping, business, conference and amusement.

Lake-Side Hotel Located at the side of picturesque West Lake landscape, Fuzhou Lakeside Hotel guests enjoy the geographical advantages of the convenient transportation and beautiful scenery. The grand building which condenses the essence of modern design is so called “the first, the best and the only building by the mountain and lake.”As one of the most famous five-star hotels in the Fujian province, Fuzhou Lakeside Hotel is one of the foundation members of the China Famous Hotels Cooperation as well. Our Hotel was awarded with the “Golden Medal of Rooms” and the “Symbol Hotel of environment and art ”Medal by the State Tourism Administration. With the efficient management, cozy and multifunctional facilities, luxurious decoration, the excellent service and quiet, clean yet still in the downtown location. Lakeside hotel is the best choice for tourists and those on business trips.

Fuzhou Changle International Airport


Fuzhou Changle International Airport is located about 40 km from Fuzhou. Designed to handle 6.5 million Passengers per annum, the airport also handles the growing demand for cargo capacity among high-technology manufacturers in Fuzhou from its single 11,811 foot long runway.

Fuzhou, the headquarters of the Fujian Military District, is a coastal city with a population of 1.66 million which lies on the north bank of the Minjiang river. Fuzhou is a commercial city, and the name "Fuzhou" means "wealthy town." As the provincial capital is a political, economical, cultural and communications hub, and is one of the most successful ports on the coast of China. During the 1990s over hundred thousand Fujianese entered the United States illegally and settled in New York City, transforming Chinatown into Fuzhou Town.

Fouzhou Changle International Airport
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NGA Tactical Pilotage Chart of Fuzhou Changle International Airport and surrounding area. (Source: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)

NGA VMAP of Fuzhou Changle Int'l and surrounding area. In the image, Fuzhou Changle is the airfield represented to the upper right. (Source: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency)

Ikonos browse imagery of Fuzhou Changle International Airport and surrounding area (Source: Space Imaging, Apr. 14, 2001)

Fuzhou Changle International Airport (Source: Space Imaging, Apr. 14, 2001)