Jinjiang is a mainly industrial city just across the river from Quanzhou in Fujian. Administratively, it is a county-level city in Quanzhou Prefecture, but for practical purposes it can be thought of as a suburb of Quanzhou. Population is about two million.
1 Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport. Jinjiang has an airport, while Quanzhou does not. However, it is a fairly minor airport; there are flights to Hong Kong and some mainland cities and international flights to and from Manila, but not a large choice of flights. The usual way to fly into the region would be via Xiamen or Fuzhou, both of which have larger airports with a broader range of flight choices.
2 Jinjiang railway station. Jinjiang is served by Fujian's coastal high-speed railway, with frequent service to points along the Fujian-Xiamen axis. Some trains continue north (to Hangzhou and Shanghai, or to the interior of China), or south (to Shenzhen).
From Quanzhou, you can make it Jinjiang by a city bus (801 and 802 are two of the numbers), or by taxi.
To get there by bus from Xiamen, take a Quanzhou bus and get off when it passes through Jinjiang.
Jinjiang shares city bus service with Quanzhou; in particular buses 801 and 802 go out to Jinjiang. However is a long narrow city, spread along a river valley, so half hour bus rides are not unusual even when traffic is light. Taxis are also readily available.
It is a good city for drivers, with lots of good new roads and some shopping areas with parking available. However, see driving in China for comments on traffic conditions.
- 1 Cao'an Temple (草庵寺). The world's only surviving Manichean temple is on Huabiao Mountain in Jinjiang.
- 2 Anping Bridge (安平桥) (Between Jinjiang's Anhai Town and the neighboring Shuitou Town.). One of the ancient bridges on the old coastal road. Well restored. Free.
Jinjiang is very much an industrial city, especially shoes and clothing. Naturally, there are quite a few shops for those items. Nearby Shishi, though, has better clothing markets.
The Filipino chain store SM have only a few locations in China. One is in Jinjiang, at the end of the 801 bus route furthest from Quanzhou. It is part of a very large modern mall.
While McDonalds and KFC are ubiquitous in China and Pizza Hut fairly common, Burger King has only a few locations so far. Oddly, Jinjiang has one, on the basement floor of the SM city Jinjiang, end of 801 bus route.
- Day's Inn, Quan An Amid Road, Meiling, ☏ .