Quanzhou: Reclaiming a Glorious Past

  • Qianyi Wang
  • Kee Cheok Cheong
  • Ran Li


With GDP growth accounting for a third of Fujian Province, Quanzhou’s achievements far outweigh those of a typical prefectural-level city. It has had a checkered history. Having reached its economic zenith when Marco Polo visited, it fell victim to the Ming Dynasty’s isolationist policies that prompted extensive out-migration to Taiwan and Southeast Asia. Ironically, this out-migration facilitated the city’s revival in modern times.

The city government supported the city’s revival, leveraging its diasporic connections especially with Taiwan to bring in foreign direct investment. Central government recognition saw Quanzhou designated as one terminus of the Maritime Silk Road of China’s Belt and Road initiative launched in 2013. However, its success has spawned challenges, from pollution to competition from other rising cities like Xiamen and Fuzhou.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qianyi Wang
    • 1
  • Kee Cheok Cheong
    • 2
  • Ran Li
    • 3
  1. 1.YantaiChina
  2. 2.Petaling JayaMalaysia
  3. 3.Kuala LumpurMalaysia

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