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Fujian (|福建; alternately romanized as Fukien or Hokkien) is a province on the southeastern coast of China. Fujian is bordered by Zhejiang to the north, Jiangxi to the west, Guangdong to the south, and the Taiwan Strait to the east. Its capital is Fuzhou, while its largest city by population is Quanzhou, both located near the coast of the Taiwan Strait in the east of the province.

While its population is chiefly of ethnic Han Chinese origin, it is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse provinces in China. Historically the dialects of the language group Min Chinese were most commonly spoken within the province, including the Hokkien dialects of southeastern Fujian and Fuzhou dialect of northeastern Fujian. This is reflected in the abbreviation of the province's name (Template:Zh). Hakka Chinese is also spoken, by the Hakka people in Fujian. Min dialects and Hakka Chinese are unintelligible with Mandarin Chinese. Due to emigration, a sizable amount of the ethnic Chinese populations of Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines speak Southern Min (or Hokkien).

With a population of 39 million, Fujian ranks 17th in population among Chinese provinces. Its GDP is CN¥3.58 trillion, ranking 10th in GDP. Along with its coastal neighbours Zhejiang and Guangdong, Fujian's GDP per capita is above the national average, at CN¥92,830. It has benefited from its geographical proximity with Taiwan.


The name Fujian (福建) originated from the combination of the city names of Fuzhou (福州) and nearby Jianzhou (建州 present-day Nanping).


Prehistoric Fujian[]

Recent archaeological discoveries in 2011 demonstrate that Fujian had entered the Neolithic Age by the middle of the 6th millennium BC.[1] From the Keqiutou site (7450–5590 BP), an early Neolithic site in Pingtan Island located about Template:Convert southeast of Fuzhou, numerous tools made of stones, shells, bones, jades, and ceramics (including wheel-made ceramics) have been unearthed, together with spinning wheels, which is definitive evidence of weaving.

The Tanshishan (Template:Lang) site (5500–4000 BP) in suburban Fuzhou spans the Neolithic and Chalcolithic Age where semi-underground circular buildings were found in the lower level. The Huangtulun (Template:Lang) site (ca.1325 BC), also in suburban Fuzhou, was of the Bronze Age in character.

Tianlong Jiao (2013)[2] notes that the Neolithic appeared on the coast of Fujian around 6,000 B.P. During the Neolithic, the coast of Fujian had a low population density, with the population depending on mostly on fishing and hunting, along with limited agriculture.

There were four major Neolithic cultures in coastal Fujian, with the earliest Neolithic cultures originating from the north in coastal Zhejiang.[2]

  • Keqiutou culture (Template:Zh; c. 6000–5500 BP, or c. 4050–3550 BC)
  • Tanshishan culture (Template:Zh; c. 5000–4300 BP, or c. 3050–2350 BC)
  • Damaoshan culture (Template:Zh; c. 5000–4300 BP)
  • Huangguashan culture (Template:Zh; c. 4300–3500 BP, or c. 2350–1550 BC)

There were two major Neolithic cultures in inland Fujian, which were highly distinct from the coastal Fujian Neolithic cultures.[2] These are the Niubishan culture (Template:Zh) from 5000 to 4000 years ago, and the Hulushan culture (Template:Zh) from 2050 to 1550 BC.

Minyue kingdom[]

Main article: Minyue

Fujian was also where the kingdom of Minyue was located. The word "Mǐnyuè" was derived by combining "Mǐn" (Template:Zh), which is perhaps an ethnic name (Template:Zh), and "Yuè", after the State of Yue, a Spring and Autumn period kingdom in Zhejiang to the north. This is because the royal family of Yuè fled to Fujian after its kingdom was annexed by the State of Chu in 306 BC. Mǐn is also the name of the main river in this area, but the ethnonym is probably older.

Qin dynasty[]

The Qin deposed the king of Minyue, establishing instead a paramilitary province there called Minzhong Commandery. Minyue was a de facto kingdom until one of the emperors of the Qin dynasty, the first unified imperial Chinese state, abolished its status.[3]

Han dynasty[]

Template:See also In the aftermath of the Qin dynasty's fall, civil war broke out between two warlords, Xiang Yu and Liu Bang. The Minyue king Wuzhu sent his troops to fight with Liu and his gamble paid off. Liu was victorious and founded the Han dynasty. In 202 BC, he restored Minyue's status as a tributary independent kingdom. Thus Wuzhu was allowed to construct his fortified city in Fuzhou as well as a few locations in the Wuyi Mountains, which have been excavated in recent years. His kingdom extended beyond the borders of contemporary Fujian into eastern Guangdong, eastern Jiangxi, and southern Zhejiang.[4]

After Wuzhu's death, Minyue maintained its militant tradition and launched several expeditions against its neighboring kingdoms in Guangdong, Jiangxi, and Zhejiang, primarily in the 2nd century BC. This was stopped by the Han dynasty as it expanded southward. The Han emperor eventually decided to get rid of the potential threat by launching a military campaign against Minyue. Large forces approached Minyue simultaneously from four directions via land and sea in 111 BC. The rulers in Fuzhou surrendered to avoid a futile fight and destruction and the first kingdom in Fujian history came to an abrupt end.

Fujian was part of the much larger Yang Province (Yangzhou), whose provincial capital was designated in Liyang (歷陽; present-day He County, Anhui).

The Han dynasty collapsed at the end of the 2nd century AD, paving the way for the Three Kingdoms era. Sun Quan, the founder of the Kingdom of Wu, spent nearly 20 years subduing the Shan Yue people, the branch of the Yue living in mountains.

Jin era[]

The first wave of immigration of the noble class arrived in the province in the early 4th century when the Western Jin dynasty collapsed and the north was torn apart by invasions by nomadic peoples from the north, as well as civil war. These immigrants were primarily from eight families in central China: Template:Citation needed span

Nevertheless, isolation from nearby areas owing to rugged terrain contributed to Fujian's relatively undeveloped economy and level of development, despite major population boosts from northern China during the "barbarian" invasions. Population density in Fujian remained low compared to the rest of China. Only two commanderies and sixteen counties were established by the Western Jin dynasty. Like other southern provinces such as Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, and Yunnan, Fujian often served as a destination for exiled prisoners and dissidents at that time.

During the Southern and Northern Dynasties era, the Southern Dynasties (Liu Song, Southern Qi, Liang (Western Liang), and Chen) reigned south of the Yangtze River, including Fujian.

Sui and Tang dynasties[]

Template:See also During the Sui and Tang eras a large influx of migrants settled in Fujian.[5][3]

During the Sui dynasty, Fujian was again part of Yang Province.

During the Tang, Fujian was part of the larger Jiangnan East Circuit, whose capital was at Suzhou. Modern-day Fujian was composed of around 5 prefectures and 25 counties.

The Tang dynasty (618–907) oversaw the next golden age of China, which contributed to a boom in Fujian's culture and economy. Fuzhou's economic and cultural institutions grew and developed. The later years of the Tang dynasty saw a number of political upheavals in the Chinese heartland, prompting even larger waves of northerners to immigrate to northern part of Fujian.

Five Dynasties Ten Kingdoms[]

As the Tang dynasty ended, China was torn apart in the period of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms. During this time, a second major wave of immigration arrived in the safe haven of Fujian, led by General Wang, who set up an independent Kingdom of Min with its capital in Fuzhou. After the death of the founding king, however, the kingdom suffered from internal strife, and was soon absorbed by Southern Tang, another southern kingdom.[6]

Parts of northern Fujian were conquered by the Wuyue Kingdom to the north as well, including the Min capital Fuzhou.

Quanzhou city was blooming into a seaport under the reign of the Min KingdomTemplate:Citation needed and was the largest seaport in the world.Template:When For a long period of time its population was also greater than Fuzhou.[7][8]

Qingyuan Jiedushi was a military/governance office created in 949 by Southern Tang's second emperor Li Jing for the warlord Liu Congxiao, who nominally submitted to him but controlled Quan (Template:Lang, in modern Quanzhou, Fujian) and Zhang (Template:Lang, in modern Zhangzhou, Fujian) Prefectures in de facto independence from the Southern Tang state.[9] (Zhang Prefecture was, at times during the circuit's existence, also known as Nan Prefecture (Template:Lang).)[10] Starting in 960, in addition to being nominally submissive to Southern Tang, Qingyuan Circuit was also nominally submissive to Song, which had itself become Southern Tang's nominal overlord.[11]

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Map showing the location of Qingyuan Jiedushi (Circuit)

After Liu's death, the circuit was briefly ruled by his biological nephew/adoptive son Liu Shaozi, who was then overthrown by the officers Zhang Hansi and Chen Hongjin. Zhang then ruled the circuit briefly, before Chen deposed him and took over.[10] In 978, with Song's determination to unify Chinese lands in full order, Chen decided that he could not stay de facto independent, and offered the control of the circuit to Song's Emperor Taizong, ending Qingyuan Circuit as a de facto independent entity.[12]

Song dynasty[]

The area was reorganized into the Fujian Circuit in 985, which was the first time the name "Fujian" was used for an administrative region.Template:Citation needed

Many Chinese migrated from Fujian's major ports to Vietnam's Red River Delta. The settlers then created the Tran port and Van Don.[13] Fujian and Guangdong Chinese moved to the Van Don coastal port to engage in commerce.[14]

During the Ly and Tran dynasties, many ethnic Han Chinese with surname Tran (陈) migrated to Vietnam from Fujian or Guangxi. They settled along the coast of Vietnam and the capital's southeastern area.[15][16] The Ly family married into the Fujian Tran family, who then founded the Vietnam Tran Dynasty.[17]

In Vietnam the Tran served as officials. Chinese surnames are found in the Tran and Ly dynasty Imperial exam records.[18] Ethnic Chinese are recorded in Tran and Ly dynasty records of officials.[19] Clothing, food, and language were all Chinese dominated in Van Don where the Tran had moved after leaving their home province of Fujian. The Chinese language could still be spoken by the Tran in Vietnam.[20]

In 1172 Fujian was attacked by Pi-she-ye pirates from Taiwan.[21]

Yuan dynasty[]

After the establishment of the Yuan dynasty, Fujian became part of Jiangzhe province, whose capital was at Hangzhou. From 1357 to 1366 Muslims in Quanzhou participated in the Ispah Rebellion, advancing northward and even capturing Putian and Fuzhou before the rebellion was crushed by the Yuan. Afterwards, Quanzhou city lost foreign interest of trading and its formerly welcoming international image as the foreigners were all massacred or deported.

Yuan dynasty General Chen Youding, who had put down the Ispah Rebellion, continued to rule over the Fujian area even after the outbreak of the Red Turban Rebellion. Forces loyal to eventual Ming dynasty founder Zhu Yuanzhang (Hongwu Emperor) defeated Chen in 1367.[22]

Ming dynasty[]

After the establishment of the Ming dynasty, Fujian became a province, with capital at Fuzhou. In the early Ming era, Quanzhou was the staging area and supply depot of Zheng He's naval expeditions. Further development was severely hampered by the sea trade ban, and the area was superseded by nearby ports of Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Shanghai despite the lifting of the ban in 1550.Template:Citation needed Large-scale piracy by Wokou was eventually wiped out by Chinese military.

An account of Ming dynasty Fujian was written by No In (Lu Ren Template:Lang).[23][24]

The Pisheya appear in Quanzhou Ming era records.[25]

Qing dynasty[]

The late Ming and early Qing dynasty symbolized an era of large influx of refugees and another 20 years of sea trade ban under the Kangxi Emperor, a measure intended to counter the refuge Ming government of Koxinga in the island of Taiwan.

The sea ban implented by the Qing forced many people to evacuate the coast in order to deprive Koxinga's Ming loyalists of resources. This has led to the myth that it was because Manchus were "afraid of water".

Incoming refugees did not translate into a major labor force, owing to their re-migration into prosperous regions of Guangdong. In 1683, the Qing dynasty conquered Taiwan in the Battle of Penghu and annexed it into the Fujian province, as Taiwan Prefecture. Many more Han Chinese then settled Taiwan. Today, most Taiwanese are descendants of Hokkien people from Southern Fujian. Fujian and Taiwan were originally treated as one province (Fujian-Taiwan-Province), but starting in 1885, they split into two separate provinces.[26]

In the 1890s, the Qing ceded Taiwan to Japan via the Treaty of Shimonoseki after the First Sino-Japanese War.

Republic of China[]

Template:See also The Xinhai revolution overthrew the Qing dynasty and brought the province into the rule of the Republic of China.

Fujian briefly established the Fujian People's Government until it was re-controlled by the Republic of China.

Fujian came under Japanese sea blockade during World War II.

People's Republic of China[]

After the Chinese Civil War, the People's Republic of China unified the country and took over Fujian.

In its early days, Fujian's relatively slow development compared to the rest of China has proved a blessing for the province's ecology. Today, the province has the highest forest coverage rate and the most diverse biosphere in China whereas central China suffers from severe overpopulation and displays severe signs of soil erosion, with frequent droughts and floods due to lack of forest coverage.Template:Citation needed

Development has been accompanied by a large influx of population from the overpopulated areas to Fujian's north and west, and much of the farmland and forest, as well as cultural heritage sites such as the temples of king Wuzhu, have given way to ubiquitous high-rise buildings. Fujian faces challenges to sustain developmentTemplate:Citation needed while at the same time preserving Fujian's natural and cultural heritage.


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Wuyi Mountains

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Min River in Nanping

The province is mostly mountainous and is traditionally said to be "eight parts mountain, one part water, and one part farmland" (Template:Zh). The northwest is higher in altitude, with the Wuyi Mountains forming the border between Fujian and Jiangxi. It is the most forested provincial-level administrative region in China, with a 62.96% forest coverage rate in 2009.[27] Fujian's highest point is Mount Huanggang in the Wuyi Mountains, with an altitude of Template:Convert.

Fujian faces East China Sea to the east, South China Sea to the south, and the Taiwan Strait to the southeast. The coastline is rugged and has many bays and islands. Major islands include Quemoy (also known as Kinmen, controlled by the Republic of China), Haitan Island, and Nanri Island. Meizhou Island occupies a central place in the cult of the goddess Matsu, the patron deity of Chinese sailors.

The Min River and its tributaries cut through much of northern and central Fujian. Other rivers include the Jin and the Jiulong. Due to its uneven topography, Fujian has many cliffs and rapids.

Fujian is separated from Taiwan by the Template:Convert-wide Taiwan Strait. Some of the small islands in the Taiwan Strait are also part of the province. The islands of Quemoy and Matsu are under the administration of the Republic of China.

Fujian contains several faults, the result of collision between the Asiatic Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate. The Changle-Naoao and Longan-Jinjiang fault zones in this area have annual displacement rates of 3–5 mm. They could cause major earthquakes in the future.[28]

Fujian has a subtropical climate, with mild winters. In January, the coastal regions average around Template:Convert while the hills average Template:Convert. In the summer, temperatures are high, and the province is threatened by typhoons coming in from the Pacific. Average annual precipitation is Template:Convert.



Template:As of, there are Template:Convert of highways in Fujian, including Template:Convert of expressways. The top infrastructure projects in recent years have been the Zhangzhou-Zhaoan Expressway (US$624 million) and the Sanmingshi-Fuzhou expressway (US$1.40 billion). The 12th Five-Year Plan, covering the period from 2011 to 2015, aims to double the length of the province's expressways to Template:Convert.[29]


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Fuzhou train station

Due to Fujian's mountainous terrain and traditional reliance on maritime transportation, railways came to the province comparatively late. The first rail links to neighboring Jiangxi, Guangdong and Zhejiang Province, opened respectively, in 1959, 2000 and 2009. As of October 2013, Fujian has four rail links with Jiangxi to the northwest: the Yingtan–Xiamen Railway (opened 1957), the Hengfeng–Nanping Railway (1998), Ganzhou–Longyan Railway (2005) and the high-speed Xiangtang–Putian Railway (2013). Fujian's lone rail link to Guangdong to the west, the Zhangping–Longchuan Railway (2000), will be joined with the high-speed Xiamen–Shenzhen Railway (Xiashen Line) in late 2013. The Xiashen Line forms the southernmost section of China's Southeast Coast High-Speed Rail Corridor. The Wenzhou–Fuzhou and Fuzhou–Xiamen sections of this corridor entered operation in 2009 and links Fujian with Zhejiang with trains running at speeds of up to Template:Convert.

Within Fujian, coastal and interior cities are linked by the Nanping–Fuzhou (1959), Zhangping–Quanzhou–Xiaocuo (2007) and Longyan–Xiamen Railways, (2012). To attract Taiwanese investment, the province intends to increase its rail length by 50 percent to Template:Convert.[30]


The major airports are Fuzhou Changle International Airport, Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport, Nanping Wuyishan Airport, Longyan Guanzhishan Airport and Sanming Shaxian Airport. Xiamen is capable of handling 15.75 million passengers as of 2011. Fuzhou is capable of handling 6.5 million passengers annually with a cargo capacity of more than 200,000 tons. The airport offers direct links to 45 destinations including international routes to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Hong Kong.[30]

Administrative divisions[]

Main article: List of administrative divisions of Fujian

The People's Republic of China controls most of the province and divides it into nine prefecture-level divisions: all prefecture-level cities (including a sub-provincial city):

Administrative divisions of Fujian

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Division code[31] Division Area in km2[32] Population 2010[33] Seat Divisions[34]
Districts Counties CL cities
350000 Fujian Province 121400.00 36,894,217 Fuzhou city 29 44 12
350100 Fuzhou city 12155.46 7,115,369 Gulou District 6 6 1
350200 Xiamen city 1699.39 3,531,347 Siming District 6
350300 Putian city 4119.02 2,778,508 Chengxiang District 4 1
350400 Sanming city 22928.79 2,503,388 Meilie District 2 9 1
350500 Quanzhou city 11245.00 8,128,533 Fengze District 4 5* 3
350600 Zhangzhou city 12873.33 4,809,983 Longwen District 2 8 1
350700 Nanping city 26280.54 2,645,548 Jianyang District 2 5 3
350800 Longyan city 19028.26 2,559,545 Xinluo District 2 4 1
350900 Ningde city 13452.38 2,821,996 Jiaocheng District 1 6 2

* - including Kinmen County, ROC (Taiwan). Claimed by the PRC. (included in the total Counties' count)

All of the prefecture-level cities except Nanping, Sanming, and Longyan are found along the coast.

These nine prefecture-level cities are subdivided into 85 county-level divisions (28 districts, 13 county-level cities, and 44 counties). Those are in turn divided into 1,107 township-level divisions (605 towns, 328 townships, 18 ethnic townships, and 156 subdistricts).

The People's Republic of China claims five of the six townships of Kinmen County, Republic of China (Taiwan) as a county of the prefecture-level city of Quanzhou.[35][36][37]

The PRC claims Wuqiu Township, Kinmen County, Republic of China (Taiwan) as part of Xiuyu District of the prefecture-level city of Putian.

Finally, the PRC claims Lienchiang County (Matsu Islands), Republic of China (Taiwan) as a township of its Lianjiang County, which is part of the prefecture-level city of Fuzhou.

Together, these three groups of islands make up the Republic of China's Fujian Province.

Urban areas[]

Population by urban areas of prefecture & county cities
# City Urban area[38] District area[38] City proper[38] Census date
1 Xiamen 3,119,110 3,531,347 3,531,347 2010-11-01
2 FuzhouTemplate:Efn-lrTemplate:Efn-lr 2,824,414 2,921,762 7,115,369 2010-11-01
(2) Fuzhou Template:SmallTemplate:Efn-lr 278,007 682,626 Template:Small 2010-11-01
3 Jinjiang 1,172,827 1,986,447 Template:Small 2010-11-01
4 QuanzhouTemplate:Efn-lr 1,154,731 1,435,185 8,128,533 2010-11-01
5 Putian 1,107,199 1,953,801 2,778,508 2010-11-01
6 Nan'an 718,516 1,418,451 Template:Small 2010-11-01
7 Zhangzhou 614,700 705,649 4,809,983 2010-11-01
8 Fuqing 470,824 1,234,838 Template:Small 2010-11-01
9 Shishi 469,969 636,700 Template:Small 2010-11-01
10 LongyanTemplate:Efn-lr 460,086 662,429 2,559,545 2010-11-01
(10) Longyan Template:SmallTemplate:Efn-lr 136,496 362,658 Template:Small 2010-11-01
11 Longhai 422,993 877,762 Template:Small 2010-11-01
12 Sanming 328,766 375,497 2,503,388 2010-11-01
13 Fu'an 326,019 563,640 Template:Small 2010-11-01
14 NanpingTemplate:Efn-lr 301,370 467,875 2,645,548 2010-11-01
(14) Nanping Template:SmallTemplate:Efn-lr 150,756 289,362 Template:Small 2010-11-01
15 Fuding 266,779 276,740 Template:Small 2010-11-01
16 Ningde 252,497 429,260 2,821,996 2010-11-01
17 Yong'an 213,732 347,042 Template:Small 2010-11-01
18 Jian'ou 192,557 231,583 Template:Small 2010-11-01
19 Shaowu 183,457 140,818 Template:Small 2010-11-01
20 Wuyishan 122,801 121,317 Template:Small 2010-11-01
21 Zhangping 113,739 126,611 Template:Small 2010-11-01



Template:Further List of the Secretaries of the CPC Fujian Committee

  • Zhang Dingcheng (Template:Lang): June 1949 – October 1954
  • Ye Fei (Template:Lang): October 1954 – June 1958
  • Jiang Yizhen (Template:Lang): acting 1958–1970
  • Han Xianchu (Template:Lang): April 1971 – December 1973
  • Liao Zhigao (Template:Lang): December 1974 – February 1982
  • Xiang Nan (Template:Lang): February 1982 – March 1986
  • Chen Guangyi (Template:Lang): March 1986 – December 1993
  • Jia Qinglin (Template:Lang): December 1993 – October 1996
  • Chen Mingyi (Template:Lang): October 1996 – December 2000 
  • Song Defu (Template:Lang): December 2000 – February 2004
  • Lu Zhangong (Template:Lang): February 2004 – November 2009
  • Sun Chunlan (Template:Lang): November 2009 – December 2012
  • You Quan (Template:Lang): December 2012 – October 2017
  • Yu Weiguo (Template:Lang): October 2017 – present

List of Governors

  • Zhang Dingcheng (Template:Lang): August 1949 – October 1954  
  • Ye Fei (Template:Lang): October 1954 – January 1959
  • Jiang Yizhen (Template:Lang): October 1959 – December 1962
  • Wen Jinshui (Template:Lang): December 1962 – August 1968 
  • Han Xianchu (Template:Lang): August 1968 – December 1973
  • Liao Zhigao (Template:Lang): November 1974-December 1979
  • Ma Xingyuan (Template:Lang): December 1979 – January 1983
  • Hu Ping (Template:Lang): January 1983 – September 1987
  • Wang Zhaoguo (Template:Lang): September 1987 – November 1990
  • Jia Qinglin (Template:Lang): November 1990 – April 1994
  • Chen Mingyi (Template:Lang): April 1994 – October 1996
  • He Guoqiang (Template:Lang): October 1996 – August 1999
  • Xi Jinping (Template:Lang): August 1999 – October 2002
  • Lu Zhangong (Template:Lang): October 2002 – December 2004
  • Huang Xiaojing (Template:Lang): December 2004 – April 2011
  • Su Shulin (Template:Lang): April 2011 – November 2015
  • Yu Weiguo (Template:Lang): November 2015 – January 2018
  • Tang Dengjie (Template:Lang): January 2018 – present



Fuzhou, the capital and largest city in Fujian province

Fujian is one of the more affluent provinces with many industries spanning tea production, clothing and sports manufacturers such as Anta, 361 Degrees, Xtep, Peak Sport Products and Septwolves. Many foreign firms have operations in Fujian. They include Boeing, Dell, GE, Kodak, Nokia, Siemens, Swire, TDK and Panasonic.[39]

Historical GDP of Fujian Province for 1952 –present (SNA2008)[40]
(purchasing power parity of Chinese Yuan, as Int'l.dollar based on IMF WEO October 2017[41])
year GDP GDP per capita (GDPpc)
based on mid-year population
Reference index
GDP in millions real
GDPpc exchange rate
1 foreign currency
to CNY
USD 1 Int'l$. 1
2016 2,881,060 433,744 822,948 8.4 74,707 11,247 21,339 6.6423 3.5009
2015 2,623,920 421,283 739,237 9.0 68,645 11,021 19,339 6.2284 3.5495
2014 2,429,260 395,465 684,221 9.9 64,097 10,434 18,053 6.1428 3.5504
2013 2,207,780 356,485 617,233 11.0 58,702 9,478 16,411 6.1932 3.5769
2012 1,988,380 314,991 559,981 11.4 53,250 8,436 14,997 6.3125 3.5508
2011 1,770,380 274,104 505,029 12.3 47,764 7,395 13,625 6.4588 3.5055
2010 1,484,580 219,304 448,432 13.9 40,320 5,956 12,179 6.7695 3.3106
2009 1,232,420 180,416 390,315 12.3 33,677 4,930 10,666 6.8310 3.1575
2008 1,088,940 156,793 342,779 13.0 29,938 4,311 9,424 6.9451 3.1768
2007 930,190 122,329 308,531 15.2 25,730 3,384 8,534 7.6040 3.0149
2006 762,740 95,680 265,052 14.8 21,226 2,663 7,376 7.9718 2.8777
2005 658,860 80,430 230,451 11.6 18,448 2,252 6,453 8.1917 2.8590
2000 376,454 45,474 138,438 9.3 11,194 1,352 4,117 8.2784 2.7193
1990 52,228 10,919 30,675 7.5 1,763 369 1,035 4.7832 1.7026
1980 8,706 5,810 5,821 18.4 348 232 233 1.4984 1.4955
1978 6,637 4,268 17.8 273 176 1.5550
1970 3,470 1,410 9.9 173 70 2.4618
1962 2,212 899 98.6 137 56 2.4618
1957 2,203 846 6.7 154 59 2.6040
1952 1,273 573 23.3 102 46 2.2227

In terms of agricultural land, Fujian is hilly and farmland is sparse. Rice is the main crop, supplemented by sweet potatoes and wheat and barley.[42] Cash crops include sugar cane and rapeseed. Fujian leads the provinces of China in longan production, and is also a major producer of lychees and tea. Seafood is another important product, with shellfish production especially prominent.

Because of the geographic location with Taiwan, Fujian has been considered the battlefield frontline in a potential war between mainland China and Taiwan. Hence, it received much less investment from Chinese central government and developed much slower than the rest of China before 1978. Since 1978, when China opened to the world, Fujian has received significant investment from overseas Fujianese around the world, Taiwanese and foreign investment. Today, although Fujian is one of the wealthier provinces of China, its GDP per capita is only about the average of China's coastal administrative divisions.[43]

See also List of Chinese administrative divisions by GDP per capita

Minnan Golden Triangle which includes Xiamen, Quanzhou and Zhangzhou accounts for 40 percent of the GDP of Fujian province.

Fujian province will be the major economic beneficiary of the opening up of direct transport with Taiwan which commenced on December 15, 2008. This includes direct flights from Taiwan to major Fujian cities such as Xiamen and Fuzhou. In addition, ports in Xiamen, Quanzhou and Fuzhou will upgrade their port infrastructure for increased economic trade with Taiwan.[44][45]

Fujian is the host of China International Fair for Investment and Trade annually. It is held in Xiamen to promote foreign investment for all of China.

In 2011, Fujian's nominal GDP was 1.74 trillion yuan (US$276.3 billion), a rise of 13 percent from the previous year.[46] Its GDP per capita was 46,802 yuan (US$7,246 (9th)).[43]

By 2015 Fujian expects to have at least 50 enterprises that have over 10 billion RMB in annual revenues. The government also expects 55 percent of GDP growth to come from the industrial sector.[47]

Economic and Technological Development Zones[]

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Mud clams, oysters and shrimp are raised in Anhai Bay off Shuitou.[48]

  • Dongshan Economic and Technology Development Zone
  • Fuzhou Economic & Technical Development Zone
  • Fuzhou Free Trade Zone
  • Fuzhou Hi-Tech Park
  • Fuzhou Taiwan Merchant Investment Area
  • Jimei Taiwan Merchant Investment Area
  • Meizhou Island National Tourist Holiday Resort
  • Wuyi Mountain National Tourist Holiday Resort
  • Xiamen Export Processing Zone
  • Xiamen Free Trade Zone
  • Xiamen Haicang Economic and Technological Development Zone
  • Xiamen Torch New & Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone (Chinese version)
  • Xinglin Taiwan Merchant Investment Area


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The ethnic townships in Fujian

As of 1832, the province was described as having an estimated "population of fourteen millions."[49]

Fujianese who are legally classified as Han Chinese make up 98% of the population. Various Min Chinese speakers make up the largest subgroups classified as Han Chinese in Fujian such as Hoklo people, Fuzhounese people, Putian people and Fuzhou Tanka.

Hakka, a Han Chinese people with its own distinct identity, live in the central and southwestern parts of Fujian. The She, scattered over mountainous regions in the north, is the largest minority ethnic group of the province.[50]

Many ethnic Chinese around the world, especially in Southeast Asia, trace their ancestries to the Fujianese branches of Hoklo people and Teochew people. Descendants of Southern Min speaking emigrants make up the predominant majority ethnic Chinese populations of Taiwan, Singapore, Australia, Brunei, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines. While Eastern Min speaking people, especially Fuzhounese people, is one of the major sources of China immigrants in the United States, especially since the 1990s.[51]


Template:Pie chart The predominant religions in Fujian are Chinese folk religions, Taoist traditions and Chinese Buddhism. According to surveys conducted in 2007 and 2009, 31.31% of the population believes and is involved in Chinese ancestral religion, while 3.5% of the population identifies as Christian.[52] The reports did not give figures for other types of religion; 65.19% of the population may be either irreligious or involved in Chinese folk religion, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, folk religious sects, and small minorities of Muslims.


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Ancient temple in Fujian


Kompyang (房村光餅) sold on the streets of Fujian cities

Because of its mountainous nature and waves of migration from central China and assimilation of numerous foreign ethnic groups such as maritime traders in the course of history, Fujian is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse places of China. Local dialects can become unintelligible within Template:Convert, and the regional cultures and ethnic composition can be completely different from each other as well. This is reflected in the expression that "if you drive five miles in Fujian the culture changes, and if you drive ten miles, the language does".[53] Most varieties spoken in Fujian are assigned to a broad Min category. A recent classifications subdivide Min into[54][55]

  • Southern Min, including the Amoy dialect and Taiwanese
  • Pu-Xian, spoken in central coastal areas
  • Eastern Min (the former Northern group), including the Fuzhou dialect
  • Northern Min, spoken in inland northern areas
  • Central Min, spoken in the west of the province
  • Shao-Jiang, spoken in the northwest

The seventh subdivision of Min, Qiong Wen, is not spoken in Fujian. Hakka, another subdivision of spoken Chinese, is spoken around Longyan by the Hakka people who live there.

As is true of other provinces, the official language in Fujian is Mandarin, which is used for communication between people of different localities,[53] although native Fujian peoples still converse in their native languages and dialects respectively.

Several regions of Fujian have their own form of Chinese opera. Min opera is popular around Fuzhou; Gaojiaxi around Jinjiang and Quanzhou; Xiangju around Zhangzhou; Fujian Nanqu throughout the south, and Puxianxi around Putian and Xianyou County.

Fujian cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood, is one of the eight great traditions of Chinese cuisine. It is composed of traditions from various regions, including Fuzhou cuisine and Min Nan cuisine. The most prestigious dish is Fotiaoqiang (literally "Buddha jumps over the wall"), a complex dish making use of many ingredients, including shark fin, sea cucumber, abalone and Shaoxing wine (a type of Chinese alcoholic beverage).

Many well-known teas originate from Fujian, including oolong, Wuyi Yancha, Lapsang souchong and Fuzhou jasmine tea. Indeed, the tea processing techniques for three major classes tea, namely, oolong, white tea and black tea were all developed in the province. Fujian tea ceremony is an elaborate way of preparing and serving tea. In fact, the English word "tea" is borrowed from Hokkien of the Min Nan languages. Mandarin and Cantonese pronounce the word chá.

Nanyin is a popular form of music of Fujian.

Fuzhou bodiless lacquer ware, a noted type of lacquer ware, is noted for using a body of clay and/or plaster to form its shape; the body later removed. Fuzhou is also known for Shoushan stone carvings.


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Stone Statue of Laozi.

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Hekeng village, in Shuyang Town, is one of the many tulou villages of Fujian's Nanjing County.

Fujian is home to a number of tourist attractions, including four UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of the highest in China.

In the capital of Fuzhou is the Yongquan Temple, a Buddhist temple built during the Tang dynasty.

The Wuyi Mountains was the first location in Fujian to be listed by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites in 1999. They are a mountain range in the prefecture of Nanping and contains the highest peak in Fujian, Mount Huanggang. It is famous as a natural landscape garden and a summer resort in China.

The Fujian Tulou are Chinese rural dwellings unique to the Hakka in southwest Fujian. They were listed by the UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites in 2008.

Gulangyu Island, Xiamen, is notable for its beaches, winding lanes and rich architecture. The island is on China's list of National Scenic Spots and is classified as a 5A tourist attraction by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA). It was listed by the UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Site in 2017. Also in Xiamen is the South Putuo Temple.

The Guanghua Temple is a Buddhist temple in Putian. It was built in the penultimate year of the Southern Chen Dynasty. Located in the northern half of the mouth of Meizhou Bay, it is about 1.8 nautical miles from the mainland and faces the Strait of Taiwan to the southeast. Covering an area of six square miles, the island is swathed in luxuriant green foliage. The coastline is indented with over 12 miles of beach area. Another buddhist temple, Nanshan Temple is located in Zhangzhou.

Around Meizhou Islands is the Matsu pilgrimage.

The Kaiyuan Temple, is a Buddhist temple in West Street, Quanzhou, the largest in Fujian province with an area of Template:Convert.[56] Although it is known as a both a Hindu and Buddhist temple, on account of added Tamil-Hindu influences, the main statue in the most important hall is that of Vairocana Buddha, the main Buddha according to Huayan Buddhism.

Mount Taimu is a mountain and a scenic resort in Fuding. It offers a grand view of mountain and sea, and is famous for its natural scenery including granite caves, odd-shaped stones, steep cliffs, clear streams, cascading waterfalls, and cultural attractions such as ancient temples and cliff Inscriptions.

The Danxia landform in Taining was listed by the UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites in 2010. It is a unique type of petrographic geomorphology found in China. Danxia landform is formed from red-coloured sandstones and conglomerates of largely Cretaceous age. The landforms look very much like karst topography that forms in areas underlain by limestones, but since the rocks that form danxia are sandstones and conglomerates, they have been called "pseudo-karst" landforms. They were formed by endogenous forces (including uplift) and exogenous forces (including weathering and erosion).

Notable individuals[]

The province and its diaspora abroad also has a tradition of educational achievement and has produced many important scholars, statesmen and other notable people. These include people whose ancestral home (祖籍) is Fujian (their ancestors originated from Fujian).

Some notable individuals include (in rough chronological order):

Han, Tang, Song dynasties

  • Chen Yan (849-892), Tang dynasty governor of Fujian
  • Cai Jing (1047–1126), government official and calligrapher who lived during the Northern Song dynasty
  • Li Gang (1083–1140), Song dynasty politician (ancestral home is Fujian)
  • Zhu Xi (1130–1200), Confucian philosopher
  • Chen Wenlong (1232 – 1277), a scholar-general in the last years of the Southern Song dynasty

Yuan, Ming, Qing dynasties

  • Chen Youding (1330-1368), Yuan dynasty leader
  • Huang Senping (14th–15th century), royal son-in-law of Sultan Muhammad Shah of Brunei
  • Zhang Jing (1492–1555), Ming dynasty politician and general
  • Yu Dayou (1503–1579), Ming dynasty general and martial artist
  • Chen Di (1541-1617), Ming era philologist, strategist and traveler
  • Huang Daozhou (1585–1646), Ming dynasty politician, calligrapher and scholar
  • Ingen (1592–1673), well known Buddhist monk, poet and calligrapher who lived during Ming Dynasty
  • Hong Chengchou (1593–1665), Ming dynasty official
  • Shi Lang (1621–1696), Qing dynasty admiral
  • Koxinga (1624–1662), Ming dynasty general who expelled the Dutch from Taiwan
  • Lin Zexu (1785–1850), Qing dynasty scholar and official
  • Zhan Shi Chai (1840s–1893), entertainer as "Chang the Chinese giant"
  • Huang Naishang (1849–1924), scholar, revolutionary, discovered the town of Sibu in Sarawak, east Malaysia in 1901
  • Lin Shu (1852–1924), translator
  • Yan Fu (1854–1921), scholar and translator
  • Sa Zhenbing (1859–1952), high-ranking naval officer of Mongolian origin
  • Zheng Xiaoxu (1860–1938), statesman, diplomat and calligrapher
  • Lin Changmin (zh:林長民) (1876—1925), a high-rank governor in the Beiyang Government
  • Lin Juemin (1887–1911), one of 72 Revolutionary Martyrs at Huanghuagang, Guangzhou
  • Lin Yutang (1894–1976), writer
  • Zheng Zhenduo (1898–1958), literary historian
  • Ong Schan Tchow (Template:Zh;1900–1945), artist well known for the painting of the "Book of Chrysanthemums"
  • José Rizal (1861–1896), National Hero of the Philippines whose lineage is from Fujian, his Chinese ancestor was named Lam-Co (姓林)

20th-21st century

  • Lu Yin (1899–1934), writer
  • Chen Baochen (1848-1935), ROC
  • Bing Xin (1900–1999), writer
  • Hu Yepin (1903-1931), writer
  • Lin Huiyin (1904–1955), architect and writer
  • Chen Shaokuan (1889–1969), Fleet Admiral who served as the senior commander of naval forces of the National Revolutionary Army.
  • Tsai Chi-Kun (1912–2004), "father of the Taiwan Symphony"
  • Go Seigen (1914–2014), pseudonym of Go champion Wú Qīngyuán
  • Lin Jiaqiao (1916-2013), well-known mathematician
  • Liem Sioe Liong (1916–2012), a Chinese-born Indonesian businessman of Fuqing origin, founder of Salim Group
  • Chih-Tang Sah (born 1932), well-known electronics engineer of Mongolian origin
  • Chen Jingrun (1933-1996), a widely known mathematician who invented the Chen's theorem and Chen prime.
  • Liu Yingming (1940 – 2016), a mathematician and academician.
  • Sun Shensu (born 1943), a geochemist and PhD holder from the Columbian University (1973).
  • Chen Kaige (born 1952), film director (ancestral home is Fuzhou)
  • Masayoshi Son (born 1957), Softbank CEO (ancestral home is Fujian, also see zh:孙忠义 福建)
  • Chen Zhangliang (born 1961), a Chinese biologist, elected as vice-governor of Guangxi in 2007.
  • Liu Yudong (born 1970), professional basketball player
  • Shi Zhiyong (born 1980), professional weightlifter
  • Lin Dan (born 1983), professional badminton player
  • Jeremy Lin (born 1988), professional basketball player
  • Wang Zhelin (born 1994), professional basketball player
  • Qian Kun (born 1 January 1996) singer, songwriter and producer. Member of South Korean boy group NCT and its Chinese sub-unit WayV.


Fujian includes professional sports teams in both the Chinese Basketball Association and the Chinese League One.

The representative of the province in the Chinese Basketball Association are the Fujian Sturgeons, who are based in Jinjiang, Quanzhou. The Fujian Sturgeons made their debut in the 2004–2005 season, and finished in seventh and last place in the South Division, out of the playoffs. In the 2005–2006 season, they tied for fifth, just one win away from making the playoffs.

The Xiamen Blue Lions formerly represented Fujian in the Chinese Super League, prior to the teams closure in 2007. Today the province is represented by Fujian Tianxin F.C., who play in the China League Two, and the Fujian Broncos.


High schools[]

  • Fuzhou Gezhi High School
  • Fuzhou No.1 Middle School
  • Fuzhou No.3 Middle School
  • Quanzhou No.5 Middle School
  • Xiamen Shuangshi High School
  • Xiamen No.1 Middle School
  • Xiamen Foreign Language School

Colleges and universities[]

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  • Xiamen University (founded 1921, also known as University of Amoy, "985 project", "211 project") (Xiamen)
  • Huaqiao University (Quanzhou, Xiamen)


  • Fuzhou University (founded 1958, one of "211 project" key Universities)u(Fuzhou)
  • Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (Fuzhou)
  • Fujian College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Fuzhou)
  • Fujian Medical University (Fuzhou)
  • Fujian Normal University (founded 1907) (Fuzhou)
  • Fujian University of Technology (Fuzhou)
  • Xiamen University (Xiamen)
  • Jimei University (Xiamen)
  • Xiamen University of Technology (Xiamen)
  • Longyan University (Longyan)
  • Minnan Normal University (Zhangzhou)
  • Minjiang University (Fuzhou)
  • Putian University (Putian)
  • Quanzhou Normal College (Quanzhou)
  • Wuyi University (Wuyishan)


  • Yang-en University (Quanzhou)

See also[]

  • Major national historical and cultural sites in Fujian




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