Fuzhou is the mainland's nearest city to what the mainland considers Taiwan Province.
Fuzhou, also Fu-chou, or Foochow, consists of an old walled city, about 3.2 km (about 2 mi) from the Min River, and a modern riverside quarter.
A university is in the city, and several noted pagodas and temples are nearby.
Fuzhou, founded in the 2nd century BC, was absorbed into China during the 6th century AD.
The city was opened to foreign trade in 1842 as a concession to the British after China was defeated in the first Opium War.
From 1842 until the late 19th century, Fuzhou was a major port for the export of tea.
The city's other trade declined after contacts with nearby Taiwan, a traditional commercial partner, were severed in 1949.
Thereafter, Fuzhou was linked (1958) by rail to northern China and grew as an industrial center.
Manufactured products include chemicals, silk and cotton textiles, iron and steel, and processed food. Among its exports are fine lacquer ware and handcrafted fans and umbrellas.
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Fuzhou is a pilot city for China's comprehensive reform, financial reform, land reform and capital-configuration-optimization reform. Fuzhou is also one of the first batch of 14 cities granted by the State Council to be opened to the outside in 1984. At present, Fuzhou has 5 development and investment areas.
The strategically locted island of Matsu, held by Taiwan, is near Fuzhou, in Taiwan Strait.
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