Quanzhou, a cultural and trade window to the world

Editor's note: This report focuses on Quanzhou as part of our special series, "Rising Star Cities," about Chinese cities whose annual GDP exceeds 1 trillion yuan ($155 billion). At the end of 2021, there were 24 such cities. Click here for more stories on Quanzhou, an ancient trading hub known for its cultural diversity. You can also explore our earlier coverage of Ningbo, Changsha and Chongqing

During the Song and Yuan Dynasties, Quanzhou was already the emporium of the world. Merchants from all over the world sailed to the "city of the light," brought along their cultures and beliefs. Kaiyuan Temple perfectly showcases Quanzhou's well-established history and inclusive culture. 

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