Fujian Province, Republic of China

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Fujian Province


Fukien / Fuchien
Full name transcription(s)
 • Chinese福建省
 • Mandarin PYFújiàn Shěng
 • Hokkien POJHok-kiàn-séng
 • Fuzhou BUCHók-gióng-sēng
 • Pu-‍Xian Min BUCHo̤h-ge̤̍ng-sêng
Abbreviation transcription(s)
 • Chinese
 • Mandarin PYMǐn
 • Hokkien POJBân
 • Fuzhou BUCMìng
 • Pu-‍Xian Min BUCMáng
Official seal of Fujian Province
Seal of Fukien Province
Map showing the location of Fujian Province
Map showing the location of Fujian Province
Coordinates: 24°25′N 118°19′E / 24.417°N 118.317°E / 24.417; 118.317Coordinates: 24°25′N 118°19′E / 24.417°N 118.317°E / 24.417; 118.317
CountryRepublic of China (Taiwan)
ROC foundedJanuary 1, 1912
Split of FukienAugust 17, 1949
StreamlinedJuly 16, 1956
DemilitarizedNovember 7, 1992
de facto DissolvedJanuary 1, 2019
Provincial capitalMinhou (1921–1938)
Yong'an (1938–1945)
Fuzhou (Minhou) (1945–1949)
Jincheng, Kinmen (1949–1956)
Hsintien, Taipei (1956-1996)
Jincheng, Kinmen (1996–2018)
Divisions2 counties
 • BodyFujian Provincial Government (defunct)
 • Governor(vacant)
 • Total180.4560 km2 (69.6745 sq mi)
 (October 2018)
 • Total151,907
 • Density840/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Fujianese (or Fukienese)
 • in KinmenQuanzhou dialect (dialect of Hokkien)
 • in MatsuMatsu dialect (dialect of Fuzhounese)
 • in WuqiuPutian dialect (dialect of Pu-Xian Min)
Time zoneUTC+8 (National Standard Time)
Postal codes
209–212, 890–896
Area codes(0)82, (0)826, (0)836
ISO 3166 codeTW-KIN (Kinmen),
TW-LIE (Matsu)
Fujian (Chinese characters).svg
"Fujian" in Chinese characters
Literal meaning"Fú(zhōu) and Jiàn(zhōu)"
Traditional Chinese
Simplified Chinese
Literal meaning[the Mǐn River]
Fujian Province
Location of de jure Fujian Province inside de jure territory of ROC

Fujian or Fukien ([fǔ.tɕjɛ̂n] (About this soundlisten); Hokkien POJ: Hok-kiàn; Fuzhou BUC: Hók-gióng; Pu-Xian Min BUC: Ho̤h-ge̤̍ng; also romanized as Fuchien) is a streamlined province of the Republic of China, commonly known as Taiwan. It includes three small archipelagos off the coast of the Fujian Province of the People's Republic of China, namely the Matsu Islands, which make up Lienchiang County, and the Wuqiu Islands and Kinmen Islands, which make up Kinmen County. The seat of the provincial government is Jincheng Township of Kinmen County.[note 1]

The current Fujian Province under ROC control was once part of a larger Fujian Province, which consisted of a mainland portion and some islands. After the Chinese Civil War of 1949, the majority of the historical province became Fujian, People's Republic of China, while the remaining islands remained under ROC control, which compose 0.5% of the ROC's territories.


Imperial China[edit]

The Han dynasty collapsed at the end of the 2nd century AD, paving the way for the Three Kingdoms era. Sun Quan, the founder of the Kingdom of Wu, spent nearly twenty years subduing the Shan Yue people, the branch of the Yue living in mountains.

The first wave of immigration of the noble class arrived in the province in the early 4th century when the Western Jin dynasty collapsed and the north was torn apart by invasions by nomadic peoples from the north, as well as civil war. These immigrants were primarily from eight families in central China: Lin (林), Huang (黃), Chen (陳), Zheng (鄭), Zhan (詹), Qiu (邱), He (何), and Hu (胡). The first four remain as the major surnames of modern Fujian.

Nevertheless, isolation from nearby areas owing to rugged terrain contributed to Fujian's relatively backward economy and level of development, despite major population boost from northern China during the "barbarian" invasions. Population density in Fujian remained low compared to the rest of China. Only two commanderies and sixteen counties were established by the Western Jin dynasty. Like other southern provinces such as Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, and Yunnan, Fujian often served as a destination for exiled prisoners and dissidents at that time.

During the Southern and Northern Dynasties era, the Southern Dynasties reigned south of the Yangtze River, including Fujian.

The Tang dynasty (618–907) oversaw the next golden age of China. As the Tang dynasty ended, China was torn apart in the period of the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms. During this time, a second major wave of immigration arrived in the safe haven of Fujian, led by general Wang, who set up an independent Kingdom of Min with its capital in Fuzhou. After the death of the founding king, however, the kingdom suffered from internal strife, and was soon swallowed up by Southern Tang, another southern kingdom.[1]

Quanzhou was blooming into a seaport under the reign of the Min Kingdom, and is the largest seaport in the world. Its population is also greater than Fuzhou.[2][3] Due to the Ispah Rebellion, Quanzhou was severely damaged. In the early Ming dynasty, Quanzhou was the staging area and supply depot of Zheng He's naval expeditions. Further development was severely hampered by the sea trade ban of the Ming dynasty, and the area was superseded by nearby ports of Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Ningbo and Shanghai despite the lifting of the ban in 1550. Large scale piracy by Wokou (Japanese pirates) was eventually wiped out by Chinese military and Japanese authority of Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

Qing Dynasty[edit]

Late Ming and early Qing dynasty symbolized an era of large influx of refugees and another 20 years of sea trade ban under the Kangxi Emperor, a measure intended to counter the refuge Ming government of Koxinga in Taiwan. Incoming refugees, however, did not translate into a major labor force owing to their re-migration into prosperous regions of Guangdong. In 1683, the Qing dynasty conquered Taiwan and annexed it into Fujian province, as Taiwan Prefecture. Settlement of Taiwan by Han Chinese followed, and the majority of people in Taiwan are descendants of Hoklo people from Southern Fujian. Fujian arrived at its present extent after Taiwan was split as its own province in 1885.[4] Just ten more years later, Taiwan Province would be lost to Japan due to the Qing losing the First Sino-Japanese War which ended in 1895.

Republic of China (After 1950)[edit]

During the Chinese Civil War, the ROC lost control of mainland China, including most of Fujian province, and was forced to relocate to Taiwan, while the victorious Chinese Communist forces established the PRC in 1949, subsequently the capital of Fujian was also moved from Foochow to Jincheng. In the Battle of Guningtou, however, ROC forces were able to defend the island of Quemoy (Kinmen) just off the coast of Fujian from communist attack. As a result, the ROC has been able to hold on to a number of offshore islands of Fujian, and has continued to maintain a separate Fujian Provincial Government to govern these islands, parallel to the province of Fujian in mainland China.

In 1956, due to heightened potential for military conflict with the PRC, the ROC central government moved the Fujian provincial government out of Fujian to within Taiwan Province in Xindian (now part of New Taipei), and the islands were placed under an extraordinarily tight military administration due to their extreme proximity to mainland China. This was an unusual situation where the government of a province was located and operating in a different province. With the easing of cross-strait relations between the PRC and ROC and the democratization of the ROC in the 1990s, the islands were returned to civilian government in 1992. On January 15, 1996, the provincial government moved back to Kinmen, on Fujian soil.[5]

Recently, the ROC has significantly diluted the powers of the two provinces it governs, namely Taiwan and Fujian. Most of the authority at the Fujian province level has been delegated to the two county governments of Kinmen and Lienchiang.


The Governor of Fujian Province was the head of the Fujian Provincial Government, the governor is also titled the "Chairperson of the Fujian Provincial Government". According to the Additional Articles of the Constitution, the governor is appointed by the central government.

The Fujian Provincial Government was located in Jincheng, Kinmen between January 1996 to 2018. In July 2018, the Executive Yuan decided to transfer the duties and functionalities of the provincial government to other branches under the Executive Yuan, including Kinmen-Matsu Joint Services Center[6] and National Development Council[7] The transformations are scheduled to be done by the end of year 2018.

Fujian Provincial Government building between January 1996 to 2018. Currently the Kinmen-Matsu Joint Services Center, Executive Yuan building.


Fujian province comprises two counties: Kinmen County and Lienchiang County. These islands have a total area of 182.66 km2 (70.53 sq mi) and a total population of 71,000 (2001).

The following are the islands of Fujian under the administration of the ROC, given by county:

Name Kinmen County Lienchiang County
Chinese 金門縣 連江縣
Hokkien Kim-mn̂g-koān Liân-kang-koān
Hakka Kîm-mùn-yen Lièn-kông-yen
Matsunese Gĭng-muòng-gâing Lièng-gŏng-gâing
Wuqiunese Ging-meóng-gā̤ⁿ Léng-gang-gā̤ⁿ
Map Kinmen.PNG Lienchiangadm.PNG
Islands 15 islands 36 islands
Administrative divisions 6 townships 4 townships

The PRC claims Kinmen as Jinmen County, Quanzhou, Fujian; Matsu Islands as Mazu Township, Lianjiang County, Fuzhou, Fujian.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Between 1956 and 1996, Xindian City in Taipei County served as the seat of government.


  1. ^ Fukien. (2008). In Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved December 20, 2008, from Encyclopædia Britannica Online: http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/221639/Fujian
  2. ^ 伊本・白图泰(著)、马金鹏(译),《伊本・白图泰游记》,宁夏人民出版社,2005年
  3. ^ "中国网事:千年古港福建"泉州港"被整合改名引网民争议". 新华网. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
  4. ^ Skinner, George William; Baker, Hugh D. R. (1977). The City in late imperial China. Stanford University Press. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-8047-0892-0. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  5. ^ Fujian Provincial Government website Archived April 14, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "The personnel of the provincial government will be transferred to Kinmen-Matsu Joint Service Center, Executive Yuan". Retrieved 29 Nov 2018.
  7. ^ "Taiwan Provincial Government Official Website". Retrieved 17 July 2018.

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