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Position in Fujian province

Putian (莆田, Pútián) is a city in Fujian Province in China, located between Fuzhou and Quanzhou.

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Putian is on both the main highway and the high-speed rail line between Fuzhou and Quanzhou, or Xiamen beyond Quanzhou. It is a major town and most or all busses and trains stop there.

Another high-speed rail line runs inland from Putian to Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province which borders Fujian on the west.

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  • Temple of Mazu, Goddess of the Sea. The original temple of this Goddess is on Meizhou island in Putian. Worldwide, she is reported to have 3,000 temples and over 100 million worshippers, mainly fishermen and sailors. There are at least two Mazu temples in San Francisco's Chinatown. Her annual festival, in spring, brings over 100,000 visitors to the temple, including many from Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
  • Southern Shaolin Monastery (莆田南少林寺), Linshan Village, Tianwei Town, Licheng District (福建省莆田市荔城区西天尾镇林山村). A reconstructed temple built on the remains of an old Tang Dynasty temple, claimed to be connected to the Shaolin Monastery in Henan Province.    

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