First Impressions

Zhangzhou, Fujian province, is considered one of China’s fiery hot furnaces of China. After stepping off the cool air conditioned bus, immediately I had a minor headache due to the sudden drastic change in temperature. It was quite hot. However, aside from this, the reason I came here was because my friend, 曹坤梁, agreed to accompany me to Xiamen if I were willing to go Zhangzhou with him to bring some stuff back from his university dorm. It was nice visiting his university, albeit, I felt like I don’t belong in such a setting anymore, despite the fact that I haven’t official graduated. On another note, It is still nice to know that I get occasional stares from attractive girls. Sighs. Gotta cherish this while you are young. But not to the point where it inflates your ego to the point of explosion.

Background 漳州简介

“Located in the south of Fujian Province and in the Lower reaches of Nine-dragon River, Zhangzhou is one of the central cities of the Xiamen-Zhangzhou-Quanzhou Economic Zone, and has the title of national historic and cultural city. Zhangzhou belonged to the Yue State in the Warring States Period and it was founded as a county in the Jin Dynasty. Later a state was set up in the Tang Dynasty. The name of Zhangzhou derives from a river nearby called the Zhang River. In the late Song Dynasty, some residents of Zhangzhou had begun to migrate to Taiwan Island. Zhangzhou is one of the major native places where oversea Chinese and Taiwan compatriots settled”

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Confucius Temple (文庙)

“漳州文庙位于市区修文西路,是我国四大孔庙之一,也是漳州城内最大的古建筑群,国家级重点文物保护单位。始建于宋庆历四年(1044年)。 历史上,朱熹、郑成功、黄道周都曾到此庙祭祀孔子;南宋建炎年间(1127-1130年),孔子后裔避兵入漳,居住于此,其子孙世代相传住于庙内直至明正德年间。漳州文庙现存占地面积15000平方,建筑面积2600平方,,有仪门、戟门、丹墀、月台、大成殿,两旁为东西两庑及敬一亭等。漳州文庙具有很高的古文化和历史文物价值,是漳州文化发展史重要的实证物。大成殿内部结构和细部装饰据专家考评均为宋代遗物,是研究宋代文庙建筑的珍贵实例,反映了当时闽南一带较高的石雕刻技术和建筑技术水平”

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Old Cultural Street (文化古街)

“台湾路”古称“府学前街”,何时定名为台湾路,确切时间已不可考。据说,这条古街上布置许多戏台,布袋戏、歌仔戏、木偶戏上演非常盛行,很多台湾人和澎湖人跨海来此,听熟悉的戏曲,听熟悉的乡音,久而久之,人们就把这里称做“台湾路”。
台湾路的中段是古时最繁华的地方,自唐宋元明清历代以来,这儿因汇聚蚵仔煎手抓面豆干面粉、锅边糊、春卷、五香、卤面、豆花、土笋冻等漳州名点小吃而闻名遐迩。据传,这里在古代有讲古场、戏台,许多艺人来这里表演布袋木偶戏,讲述杨文广平闽十八洞等故事。据老一辈人说,祖籍南靖的台湾抗日义民军领袖简大狮年轻时也曾经在此处演武献艺。台湾路的末端是古代漳州城的护城河,沿河可至澎湖路。在抗日战争之前,就有许多不愿当亡国奴的台湾人、澎湖人来到护城河畔弹唱台湾歌仔戏。悠扬婉转的歌声飘荡过台湾路,声声充满依恋之情”
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Weizhen Cabinet (威镇阁)

威镇阁俗称八卦楼,坐落在漳州市区战备大桥桥头左侧。据有关资料记载,“400多年来,威镇阁历尽坎坷。清初顺治九年(1652年),郑成功率反清大军与清军大战漳州城,威镇阁被大火焚毁。乾隆二年(1737年),漳州知府刘良璧依旧制重建。又过20年,威镇阁阁顶遭雷电轰毁,两年后,知府蒋允君主持重修。‘文化大革命’期间的1967年,威镇阁在武斗中被炮火炸塌”

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Final Thoughts

Zhangzhou was nice. Plus, the time that I arrived (16:00) was an opportune moment when the sun casted a more appropriate light to accent the natural beauties of the city. However, I would not come again. This was a one time trip.

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*Majority of contents are derived from the sources provided in the hyperlinks. Thus, the credit goes to the original author of those links.

*These experiences were made possible by the Gilman Scholarship 

9/5/15