Fuzhou, also Fu-chow, both, and Foochow, China, the capital of Fujian province. The city is on the Min River, 25 miles (40 km) inland from Taiwan Strait. Fuzhou is a regionally important center of commerce, transportation, and industry. There are notable Buddhist temples nearby.
Fuzhou was founded during the late sixth century and was a flourishing city when visited by Marco Polo in the 13th century. After the Opium War (1839–42) the city was opened to foreign trade and became known for exports of black tea. From 1934 to 1943 Fuzhou was known as Minhow. It was held by the Japanese during much of World War II.