Freight Train from my city Xiamen direct to Moscow runs today

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A freight train with 40 containers of granite, shoes, lighting supplies and artificial flowers left Xiamen this morning, the host city of every March’s China International Stone Fair and this year’s BRICKS Summit, and will arrive at Moscow in 14 days. The full trip takes 25 days by traditional multimodal sea/land transport.

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My city Quanzhou get Port Visa right

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My city Quanzhou’s Jinjiang International Airport (JJN) gets authorized by China’s Ministry of Public Security to issue Visa on Arrival, which means that foreigners who attend Nan’an Shuitou Stone Fair, Jinjiang Footwear Exposition, etc. could fly direct to Quanzhou and then apply to visa agency at the aiport for an entry or transit visa.

Chongwu-Quanzhou-Jinjiang Airport

The neighbourhood around Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport:

Jinjiang, Shishi, Nan’an, Quanzhou, Hui’an, Quangang, Anxi, Yongchun, Dehua, Putian, Tong’an, Xiang’an, Datian

“Lai” that means “come” picked as the Chinese Character of the Year of 2015 in my city Quanzhou

 

2015泉州年度汉字“来”

Do you want to know the reasons what made “来”, the Chinese character on the above photo, which reads “Lai” in Chinese mandarin and means “come” in English,  become the Chinese Han Character of the Year of 2015 in my city Quanzhou on this past December 31, Beijing Time.

Come with me:

 

the international seminar on China's 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative held in Quanzhou, Fujian Province, 12 February, 2015

Premier Li inspected two companies in Quanzhou

  • April, Premier Li Keqiang came to QuanzhouDuring his visit here, the Premier praised the Pin Shang E-commerce’s new operation mode of “Internet Plus”. And in J-TECH CNC Machinery he encouraged the company to carry out the “Made in China 2025” program.

German duo The Fifth Wheel

Quanzhou ConfucianTemple

  • December, Quanzhou and other 3 cities was selected to join Beijing to co-present the annual CCTV Spring Festival Gala of the Year of the Monkey on the CNY Eve at the above over 1000 year-old Confucian Temple. Will you come then?

Outside XINKAI STONE

  • Also, drones, robots and other many new things came to our lives in the past year.

Here Evan & QUANZHOU XINKAI STONE wish you my dear friends and customers a very prosperous 未来 Wei Lai, which literally means “forthcoming future”.

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China Central Television: The 14th Asia Arts Festival in Quanzhou

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From puppetry to painting, the 14th Asia Arts Festival in Quanzhou brings under one roof a fascinating diversity of culture. Artists from more than 30 countries and regions have converged on Quanzhou, a melting pot of Asian culture.

As the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road, Quanzhou has always been a hub of cultural diversity. And this year’s event is a double celebration as the 2nd Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival is held alongside the 14th Asia Arts Festival. With some top artists gathered here from all around the world, there is no reason to miss this enriching spectacle.

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“We have a very rich heritage of folk culture in our country. That’s very important. And our music, we have a very rich heritage of music as well, and dance. We are very happy to come here, and we feel privileged and honored,” said a Bangladeshi performer.

Following the grand opening gala, the festival will include stage performance, visual art exhibitions, seminars, and forums of cultural exchange. Sixteen  major events will be held during the week.

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This year’s event is a double celebration as the 2nd Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival is held alongside the 14th Asia Arts Festival.

The performing arts are deeply rooted in Quanzhou’s history, including glove puppetry and Nanyin music, a traditional opera sung in the Minnan dialect that has existed for more than 1,000 years. Both are showcased at this year’s event, and artists will also perform in local communities.

Meanwhile, the visual arts displayed include painting, photography, and handicrafts. In all, there are more than 250 exhibits from 30 countries.

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“I’d like to express my congratulations to the people of China as the 14th Asia Arts Festival is held here. I’m really touched seeing the special exhibition on the Maritime Silk Road. It shows the significance of the historic route and will increase understanding between different cultures,” said Dr. Mohammad Rasoul Almasieh, from the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran.

Since its launch in Beijing in 1998, the Asia Arts Festival has been held in various cities around China and seen increased participation from other nations.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture, this year’s event will run until November 15.

Click on the following links and watch the report by CCTV.com in video

My City of Quanzhou’s Carnival

The 14th Asia Arts Festival in Quanzhou

The 14th Asia Arts Festival in Quanzhou from Nov. 8th to 15th

The 14th Asia Arts Festival & the 2nd Maritime Silk Road International Festival,

the 3rd Asian Cultural Forum,

the 4th China Quanzhou International Puppet Festival,

the 1st China (Anxi) Household Crafts Expo,

the 16th China (Nan’an) Shuitou International Stone Fair,

the Global White Crane Fist Gala ,Yongchun (Wing Chun),

Maritime Silk Road Art Park. Asia in Baiqi open to public …

if all these happen in the same city in one period, how do you think?

Yes, I am very proud of being a native of Quanzhou city, which was designated as

the “Culture City of East Asia” together with Kwangju in South Korea and Yokohama in Japan in 2014,

and recognized as  the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road in 1994

and World Multicultural Exhibition Center in 2002 by UNESCO.

Following are some photos of these events.

The 4th China Quanzhou International Puppet Festival

The 4th China Quanzhou International Puppet Festival

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20151109泉州木偶剧院第四届木偶节泉州木偶戏表演

The Global White Crane Fist Gala, Yongchun (Wing Chun)

The Global White Crane Fist Gala, Yongchun (Wing Chun)

世界(永春)白鹤拳大会

The 1st China (Anxi) Household Crafts Expo

The 1st China (Anxi) Household Crafts Expo

美商stephen安溪文庙参观首届中国(安溪)家居工艺文化博览会

The 16th China (Nan'an) Shuitou International Stone Fair at Cathay Stone Mall

The 16th China (Nan’an) Shuitou International Stone Fair at Cathay Stone Mall

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Maritime Silk Road Art Park. Asia in Baiqi open to public

Maritime Silk Road Art Park. Asia in Baiqi open to public

公园组雕充满海丝元素

Artisan from

Artisan from “the Stone Carving Capital of the World” Hui’an performing shadow carving arts on site

Large-scale Dance Opera

Large-scale Dance Opera “Silk Ocean Seeking Dream”

Gathering from Asian countries

Gathering from Asian countries

“CHONGWU Ancient Walled City Of Stone Carvings!”

Chongwu ancient walled city is situated in the northern shore of Quanzhou Bay and the west coast of Taiwan Strait. It is the division of the East Chinese Sea and the South Chinese Sea. The city was built as a military base in the beginning of Song Dynasty. A troop with 1000 soldiers was placed to safeguard the City in the beginning of Ming Dynasty and it became a famous town for its military importance and prosperous fishing industry in Qing Dynasty. Today, as a key historic and cultural site, the Chongwu ancient city has been listed by provincial tourist office as the key construction project for tourism and scenic spots.

Beautiful view of the sea and the partial view of the walled structure

Beautiful view of the sea and the partial view of the walled structure

The Granite City walls are around 2.5km long and average 7m in height. The ancient walled town wall was built in 1387 by the Ming government as a front line defense against Japanese pirates, and it has survived the last 600 years.

Museum Building

Museum Building

Chongwu is also famous for its stone carving. The stone carvings here are of a large variety and with profound meaning that shows the charm of the nature and the history and culture of Chongwu and China. As you enter the Stone Carving Park, you can see the statue of the Hui’an Women with their characteristic, the stone carving skills and exclusive tradition of Huian Women.

Another set of stone carvings

Another set of stone carvings

Written for tripadvisor.com
by NyonyaLady, a retired hotel and restaurant operator who lives in Brunei Darussalamon

The Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival held in Quanzhou Nov. 25

The 10-day Maritime Silk Road International Arts Festival (Culture City of East Asia 2014-Quanzhou Carnival) kicked off November 25 in Quanzhou of east China’s Fujian province.

Renowned as the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 AD), Quanzhou was already an important port by the 5th century. It still is one of the most developed cities of China in private economy today. The city not only boasts a rich maritime history, but also a wide range of historical and cultural relics, which can be demonstrated through the fact that Quanzhou is among the first batch of 24 famous historic and cultural cities promulgated by the State Council, and was designated as an “East Asia City of Culture” in 2013 along with South Korea’s Gwangju and Japan’s Yokohama.

Cutural City of East Asia 2014, Quanzhou

Art troupes from Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Holland, Greece, Egypt, Germany, Britain, Italy, Denmark, Morocco and India, nearly 20 countries will show up at the festival.

Activities will include an academic seminar on the strategy of building the 21st Century Silk Road,  Arabic intangible cultural heritage exhibition, and the 1st Maritime Silk Road International Brands Trade Fair, also a cultural discovery tour of diplomats to Quanzhou is now underway.

 Hu Zhe from Chinaculture.org
 and China Daily Fujian Bureau also contributed to this report.

Cutural City of East Asia 2014, Quanzhou

About Quanzhou written in English by Dr. Bill Brown, American professor of Xiamen University MBA center

About Quanzhou in photos from Quanzhou Evening Newspaper
tags: Tourist Culture Ambassador, Aerial photos of Quanzhou West Street, Xijie West Street online, Xijie Planning, Quanzhou culture in comparative sights, Non-material Cultural Display, Quanzhou Museums online, Interview with Quanzhou-born Cultural Celebrities, A legendary trip of an ancient ship back to Quanzhou