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Wenzhou

Wenzhou is a city in the southeastern coast of Zhejiang Province, People's Republic of China. Because of their excellent means of business, Wenzhou people have been called "Chinese Jews" since ancient times.

Location
Situated in southeastern Zhejiang Province
Area
12,083km²
Population
9,645,000(2022)
Currency
Yuan/CNY
Language
Chinese
Climate
Wenzhou derives its present name from its climate, and has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen: Cfa) with short winters and long, hot, humid summers. Summers are similar to the remainder of the province (albeit slightly cooler during the daytime as compared to inland areas), but winter is much milder, partly due to the southerly location and partly due to the sheltering effect of the surrounding mountains. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 8.0 °C (46.4 °F) in January to 28.0 °C (82.4 °F) in July and August, while the annual mean is 18.08 °C (64.5 °F). Heavy rainfalls occur in late spring and early summer due to the plum rains of the East Asian monsoon, while typhoons are commonly a threat in the second half of summer causing considerable damage and destruction. With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 26% in March to 53% in August, the city receives 1,706 hours of bright sunshine annually.
Wenzhou CHINA
YANDANG MOUNTAINS
The Best-known Mountains in Southeast China

Among the 10 famous mountain ranges in China, Yandang Mountains, composed of North Yandang, Middle Yangdang and South Yandang, are crowned as “the Best-known Mountains in Southeast China”. Lingfeng Peaks, Lingyan Rock and Dragon Pond Waterfalls are listed as the “top 3 views of the range”.

The development of Yandang Mountains started in the Northern and Southern dynasties and prospered in the Tang and Song dynasties. The history over 1,500 years witnesses the accumulation of more than 7,000 poems, 2,000 travel essays and 370 cliff carvings left in the mountains. Xu Xiake (1587-1641), a famous geographical scholar in the Ming Dynasty (1368―1644), had visited Yandang for three times, and later in Xu Xiake’s Travel Notes presented a delicate description of the mountain range, watercourses, and features of the scenery there.

NANXI RIVER
The Cradle of Chinese Landscape Poetry

Nanxi River, situated in Yongjia County in the north of Wenzhou City, covers an area of 671 square kilometers. It is approved as the national 4A-rated tourist attraction and the world geological park. What’s more, it is honored as “the Best Water in the World” and the “Cradle of Chinese Landscape Poetry”. Well-known for its water, rockeries, waterfalls, ancient villages and beach forests, the 150,000-meter long river, encompassing 7 scenic sites and over 800 spots, has turned itself into a perfect combination of both natural and cultural resources.

For more than one thousand years, the area has cultivated its ancient “gengdu”, furrow civilization. Xie Lingyun (385-433) ,governor of Yongjia County since 422, wrote a vast number of poems, delineating the breathtaking scenery of Nanxi River and Oujiang River. In his poems, Xie introduced to the poetry in the Southern Dynasty the elements of natural scenery and pastoral views, hence gained his fame as the originator of Chinese landscape poetry.

JIANGXIN ISLET
The World’s Ancient Beacon for Navigation

As one of the four most famous islets in China, Jiangxin Islet gained its reputation as the “island of poetry in China and ancient beacon for navigation in the world”. The islet, rich in scenic beauty and historic relics, is “a fairyland” on Oujiang River, with the East Pagoda and the West Pagoda reflecting each other.

Renowned poets and celebrities of the past ages including Xie Lingyun (385-483), Meng Haoran (691-740), Han Yu (768-824), Lu You (1125-1210), and Wen Tianxiang (1236-1283), had visited the place in succession and left behind a collection of nearly 800 pieces of poetry, singing their praises to this islet.

Strolling around the islet, you will come across numerous historic relics of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279).From every corner of these weathered time-worn epic buildings emits the islet's charm in each and every detail.

WUMA STREET
An Epitome of the Old Wenzhou

Ancient architectures at Wuma Street constitute an important memory of the local senior generation. The techniques and technologies applied in the constructions are of significant
importance in both the industry and the history.

The recent years’ reconstruction and renovation of Wuma Street has brought more uniqueness and vitality to this historic cultural site. As a result, it has not only retained its original flavor of the ancient architectures, but also revived the commercial distribution around the area.

WOODEN MOVABLE-TYPE PRINTING
A Living Fossil of the World’s Printing

The Wooden Movable-type Printing of Dongyuan Village boasts a history of over 800 years. It is the only surviving technique ever known that has been passed down for so long. As a living fossil of printing in the world, it inherits the whole conventional craftwork in ancient China and vividly reflects the working situation of the movable type of printing.

On June 14, 2008, the technique was approved as a national intangible cultural heritage by the State Council. In 2010, Dongyuan wooden movable-type was included into the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Urgent Need of Protection.

AddressDongyuan village,Pingyangkeng Community,Gaolou Town, Rui’an City

SILIANDUI PAPERMAKING WORKSHOP
The Living fossil of Papermaking in Ancient China

Siliandui Papermaking Workshop is located in the middle reach of Longxi Stream, Zeya Town, Ouhai District, Wenzhou City, and covers an area of 0.28 square kilometers. It is the living fossil of papermaking in ancient China and also the key cultural relic site under the state protection.

At the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and the beginning of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Nanping people migrated from Fujian to Zeya Town to seek refuge from the war. With the abundant bamboo resources in this town,these people resumed their old profession of making “Nanping Paper”. With water-powered trip hammer, they mashed the bamboos into shreds and pulp,with which they made paper. As there are thousands of people in Zeya Town engaged in the papermaking industry, the water-powered trip-hammers and papermaking workshops are easy to find there.

AddressTangzhai County, Zeya Town

SEAFOOD(The Craze for Original Flavor)
MANTIS SHRIMP
Mantis Shrimp is a nutritious, juicy and tender seafood. Its sweet and tender meat
is an irresistible magic inducing you to have more.


RAZOR CLAM
The razor clams from Wenzhou are super fresh and plump. You can choose to steam, boil
or deep fry them with onion, pepper or other condiments. All delicious and attractive.
Guaranteed!


FLAVORED RAW SWIMMING CRAB
A Chinese way of eating swimming crabs raw. Get some best crabs from the East China Sea, and wash them carefully with Chinese liquor, or spirit.After decomposing the crabs with your best cutting skills, soak them in clean containers with vinegar, soy sauce, rice wine, sugar and white pepper. At last, don’t forget to dip it in mustard or garlic first when you enjoy the crab.
You will be surprised at the crab’s freshness along with the sauce’s pungency exploding in your mouth. This dish is so appetizing even served with only rice.


STEAMED GLUTINOUS RICE
To try this famous and delicious snack here, you should get some hot glutinous rice first, usually from the snack bar’s large wooden barrel. Then add some chopped Youtiao, a deep fried dough sticks, and broth with minced meat and shiitake mushrooms. At last, fetch your spoon and enjoy!


DELICIOUS DUCK TONGUE
Wenzhou Duck Tongue is a braised cold dish.The duck tongues taste flexible, after half dried in the air.