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Learning all that I can about Wenzhou. And documenting it here so I don't forget.

In the ancient times, Wenzhou was called “Ou City”. When the Qin dynasty unified China, Wenzhou came under Minzhong Prefecture. In 192 B.C., it became the territory of Zou Yao, the king of East Ou. In 138 A.D., Dongou Town in Xizhang’an County became Yongnin County, the first county set in Wenzhou. In 323, Yongjia Prefecture grew out of four counties which are Yongning, Angu, Hengyang and Songyang in the south of Xilinhai Prefecture. It was the beginning of Wenzhou. In 662, Dongjia State was established and in 675, the emperor set a state called “Wenzhou”. The name remains the same and so does the territory. After the 1911 Revolution on November 8th a Branch of Zhejiang Military Government was established in Wenzhou.

In June 1914, Ouhai Dao was established and with government office set in Yongjia County, it governed Wenzhou and Chuzhou Prefectures together. In 1932, the Administrative Supervision District was established. Wenzhou District was initially called as No. 10 County Administrative Supervision District with office set in Yongjia County before changing its name for several times.

On May 7th 1949, Wenzhou was liberated peacefully and Wenzhou Military Control Commission was established at the same time. In the same year on August 26th, Wenzhou City was established. After the establishment of China, its name and the counties under it changed few times. In September 1981, Wenzhou District and Wenzhou City were merged into Wenzhou City.

Wenzhou is renowned as the “City of Clothes” and the “City of Shoes”. Not only the styles of the clothes and the shoes are new and fashion, but also the price is very low. The main streets of the old downtown area, such as Chan Street, Wuma Street, Park Road, Chengxi Street, Jiefang Road, Shengli Road and Fuqian Road, and the Wenzhou Trade City almost become the sea of clothes and the world of shoes. If time permits, wandering in the night markets may bring surprising to travelers.

The landscape in Wenzhou is known for its finest scenery consisting of many famous mountains and beautiful lakes and is the famous one in southeast China. It has national level important scenic spots like Yandang Mountain, Nanxi River, Baizhangji and Feiyun Lake and national natural reserves like Wuyanling Mountain and the Nanji Island. The total land area of the scenic spots including small and big comes around 2279 square kilometers and occupies 20% of the entire city.

Wenzhou is one of the most suitable residences for human beings on the west coast of the Pacific Ocean.


“Rice molding” also named “powder molding”, is the unique folk craft of Wenzhou, is famous along with the north “noodle molding”. Choose the boiled rice dumpling as the material, kneading, pinching, nipping, carving, making, and take various of colors to refine the crafts of human, dragon and phoenix, flower bird, animals shapes, after dyed the colors, it looks of the same resemblance.

Wenzhou rice molding have long-distance history, according to the record, it has appeared in Song Dynasty. Mostly used in old people’s birthday party, wedding, feast banquet and sacrifices to Buddha. Chongyang cake is easy to find, especially the peach cake in “Lanjiefu” in lunar March, numerous of drama player shape with different gesture, looks very lively.