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Cityscape and Food in Jinjiang City

ijjnews.com2018-10-22 19:09

Boasting picturesque city landscape and rich culture, Jinjiang has been know as "a land of plenty", "a Buddhist state in Quanzhou", and "a coastal hometown of Mencius and Confucius". Here you can find Anping Bridge, which is "longer than any other bridges in the world", the thatched hut site of Manicheism, "urban living room" Wudianshi, Longshan Temple of the Sui Dynasty, ancient kiln site of the Southern Dynasties in Cizao Town, and the undersea ancient forest site in Shenhuwan, which dates back 7,000 years.

Here you can also enjoy all manners of local food: sea worm jelly, pureed noodles, fried turnip cake, four fruits soup, fried oyster with egg, and ginger duck. All those will enable you to feel the charm of Jinjiang and southern Fujian.

Cityscape in Jinjiang

Anping Bridge

Anping Bridge

Stretching across the bay connecting Anhai Town of Jinjiang City and Shuitou Town of Nan’an City, Anping Bridge forms a delightful contrast with a nearby high pagoda. With a span of 5 li (2.5 kilometers), Anping Bridge is also called "Wuli (5 li) Bridge". It is the world's longest cross-sea beam-type stone bridge, hence the saying "no other bridge in the world is longer than this one". Anping Bridge is a bond for the cultural, historical and economic exchanges across the strait, and also a key landmark of the Maritime Silk Road and the cultural capital of East Asia. The millennium-old bridge is among the first key cultural relics under protection in China. In 2016, it was rated as a national 4A scenic area.

Traditional Street of Wudianshi

Traditional Street of Wudianshi

Located in the core area of Qingyang, an ancient urban district of Jinjiang City, the Traditional Street of Wudianshi covers a landmass of 126 mu. As a national 4A scenic area, it is the "urban living room" of Jinjiang and a "new road junction" showcasing culture in southern Fujian. Within the street, you can see palace-style buildings with red bricks of southern Fujian style, well-preserved special buildings with Chinese and Western architectural styles built in Ming, Qing, modern China and the contemporary era, and intangible cultural heritage with Jinjiang features, such as Gaojia opera, puppet show, and Nanyin music. It is a place "where is nostalgic for the elderly, modern for youngsters, hometown in eyes of overseas Chinese, home town of overseas Chinese in eyes of Jinjiang people, and typical of southern Fujian in eyes of non-locals".

Longshan Temple

Built during the Sui Dynasty, Longshan Temple sits on Longshan Mountain of Anhai Town, hence the name. It is a famous ancient temple in Quannan with one thousand years. As a key temple of Chinese Buddhism in China, Longshan Temple features "Thousand-arm and Thousand-eye Guanyin, Twining Dragon Column and Bell Tower and Drum Tower", together with the inscription "Tong Shen Shou Yan (hands and eyes all over the body)" written by Ming calligraphist Zhang Ruitu, and writing or painting works of Zhuang Junyuan in Ming, Master Hong Yi, and other celebrities in modern times. It is an important national heritage site under state protection.

Thatched Hut

Thatched Hut

As the world's only most well-preserved site of Manicheism, Thatched Hut has been billed as the biggest discovery of UNESCO along the Maritime Silk Road. Built during the Song Dynasty, it houses several treasured scrolls of calligraphy of Master Hong Yi, and is an important national heritage site under state protection. "Mani the Buddha of Light" stone-carving statue and Black Glaze Bowl of "Mingjiaohui" had witnessed the transmission and development of Manicheism in China.

Ancient kiln site in Cizao Town

Discovered in 1956, ancient kiln site was a key kiln for export in Quanzhou during the Song and Yuan dynasties. Cizao kiln site produced a wide range of kiln products with various forms. The majority of its products were household utensils, together with items for display, building materials, and others. In recent years, many products of Cizao kiln site have been unearthed in Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other countries and regions, and shipwrecks discovered in East China Sea and South China Sea.

Food in Jinjiang

Sea Worm Jelly

Among all manner of Jinjiang food, Anhai sea worm jelly is the most ingenious one. Despite very simple raw materials and production technique, the jelly-like food has a slippery and crisp taste. In the heat of a summer day, iced sea worm jelly is an amazing food. Dipped into sauce, it offers a perfect combination of the coolness of jelly and the freshness and crispness of sea worm.

Fried Turnip Cake

Fried Turnip Cake

Fried turnip cake is a kind of snack in southern Fujian. Rice milk and white turnip are used as ingredients. Their mixture is steamed into cake, which is fried into the cake. Anhai fried turnip cake is highly popular among foodies for its golden, crisp skin and soft and tender stuff. Coming in good measure, the white turnip tastes fresh and sweet, very palatable.

Pureed Noodles

For Jinjiang locals, a day begins with a bowl of pureed noodles and ends with another bowl of pureed noodles. Jinjiang pureed noodles features paste with 20-plus kinds of ingredients, such as preserved meat, pot-stewed intestines, shrimp roll, cooked shrimp, eddoes and fried ribs. With these ingredients, a hot bowl of savory pureed noodles will be presented to a customer before it is sprayed with sauce, vinegar, chopped green onion and chili powder.

Four Fruits Soup

Four fruits soup is a key summer drink in southern Fujian. Jinjiang four fruits soup has agar made jelly as base and contains other ingredients. When you ask for a bowl of four fruits soup, the seller would use a plane cutter-like tool to scrape a block of solid agar made jelly, which will be scraped into evenly thin strips and put into a bowl. Added with red bean paste, mashed taro and a spoon of honey water, a bowl of cool Four Fruits Soup is prepared.

Quan Tou Mu

Quan Tou Mu

With pork as ingredient, Quan Tou Mu is a popular snack in Shenhu Town of Jinjiang City with southern Fujian flavor. Originally named "Jin (Tendon) Tou Mu", Quan Tou Mu is made of lean pork meat and pork tendon. Since Quan Tou Mu looks like a fist and its pronunciation in southern Fujian dialect sounds like "Quan (Fist) Tou Mu", then comes the name. You can pick up a small piece of Quan Tou Mu and dip it into sauce and vinegar. The fragrance of mushroom and meat matches perfectly, especially when they are seasoned with onion and cooking oil.

Ginger Duck

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