Residents pass the Bell Tower early in the morning in Quanzhou, in southeast China’s Fujian province, recently inscribed by Unesco on its World Heritage List. Photo: Xinhua
Residents pass the Bell Tower early in the morning in Quanzhou, in southeast China’s Fujian province, recently inscribed by Unesco on its World Heritage List. Photo: Xinhua
Wee Kek Koon
Opinion

Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Quanzhou, Unesco World Heritage city in China that gave us ‘satin’, and its storied place in history

  • Marco Polo called Quanzhou ‘one of the two greatest havens in the world for commerce’, and fellow global traveller Ibn Battuta was just as effusive
  • A new addition to the Unesco World Heritage List, the city was devastated by an uprising among some of its thousands of foreign residents

Residents pass the Bell Tower early in the morning in Quanzhou, in southeast China’s Fujian province, recently inscribed by Unesco on its World Heritage List. Photo: Xinhua
Residents pass the Bell Tower early in the morning in Quanzhou, in southeast China’s Fujian province, recently inscribed by Unesco on its World Heritage List. Photo: Xinhua
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