While not as famous as the mega Chinese cities of Shanghai or Beijing, Fuzhou is a hidden gem on the Minjiang river. Lush and green, with warm weather most of the year, it is certain to charm you with its mix of East and West. Famous for its historical architecture, large parks and a vibrant art scene, Fuzhou is where our largest community of international teachers reside.
Perhaps surprisingly for most people, Fuzhou has roughly the same population as Hong Kong, the perfect destination to get a feel for real China and learn Mandarin, but still live in a metropolitan city! As a very affordable city, you can experience the delicious local and Western cuisine with restaurants on every corner, and travel far and wide with Fuzhou’s international airport or two major railway stations linking the rest of China with hi speed trains.
Fuzhou, pronounced Foo-Jo, has a history dating back over 2,200 years. It sits in a basin between groups of mountain ranges; Gushan Mountain on the East, Qishan Mountain on the West, Wuhushan Mountain on the South and Lianhuafeng Mountain on the North. Plenty of hiking opportunities! It is also famous for the cleanest air in China, thanks in part to the electric bikes that are common throughout the city. Fuzhou and Fujian Province are known for their tea culture, and there is no where better to experience vast tea plantations that in the neighbouring Wuyishan scenic area.