Quanzhou “The City of Light”

Quanzhou/Zaitun: the city of light!


The City of Quanzhou is a must for any History buff like myself. Made famous by comments attributed to Marco Polo, who described ‘Zaitun’, as Quanzhou was known then, as being ‘� one of the two ports in the world with the biggest flow of merchandise’.

Recently, Quanzhou’s historical grandeur and importance have received further recognition in the book ‘The City of Light’, written by the historian David Selbourne; a work which has raised considerable controversy. Based on the diaries kept by a Jewish merchant, Jacob D’ Ancona, the book describes a city of enormous wealth and riches, built on commerce and trade with the outside world, as well as…..

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Author: Adam

My name is Adam. I have a degree in Chinese History from SOAS and a masters in International Politics focused on China from the same university. I have travelled around China 9 times and since 2000 I have travelled every year for two months. I guess I kind of like the place!

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