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Fuzhou, Pagoda Island
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Pagoda Anchorage (Mawei)Mawei Shipyard Birthplace of Chinese Maritime shipbuilding
¡°How well I remember reaching Sharp Peak on the 28th day of April, 1887! It was a perfect day and the journey up the river was most fascinating, for it was only three years before this that the French Bombardment had occurred, and there were still evidences of it in the battered forts and derelicts at Pagoda Anchorage. Also to be seen were the graves of the large number of Chinese who lost their lives in that one-sided battle.   H. Shelley Brand, January 23rd, 1932.

Fifteen minutes east of Fuzhou lies Mawei, cradle of Chinese seamanship, and site of the famous Pagoda Anchorage. Chinese named the giant rocks, ¡°Double Turtle Guarding the Door,¡± ¡°Five Tigers Defending the Gate,¡± and ¡°Warriors Leg.¡± But turtles and tigers couldn¡¯t take on the French, who on a sleepy Saturday morning in August 1884 destroyed the Chinese fleet in about half an hour.

Mawei Shipyard Birthplace of Chinese shipbuilding The French commander had in fact warned foreign consulates and the Chinese the day before, but international law required at least 30 days notice. The French refused China¡¯s request for one more day to prepare, attacked, and seven hundred Chinese seamen now lie in a mass grave beside the Memorial Hall of Majiang River Naval Battle.

Memorial Hall of Majiang  River Naval Battle
Originally built as The Hall of Loyalty in 1884, the memorial hall has an extensive display of artifacts, documents, and photos, as well as the martyr memorial and the mausoleum.
Aftermath of the French attack on Foochow in 1884
On the peak of Maxian, behind the museum, you¡¯ll find the old Plum Garden Prison, the British Consulate Annex, and the Mercy Hospital (which has been restored by the American Chinese who owns the hill). I suspect the hospital was used for the consulate officials who went crazy at Pagoda Island! One writer said it was rare to find ¡°consular officials who did not go mad or become depressed during their posting at this isolated treaty port.¡± And I could see why they did. A local said to me, ¡°Mawei Shipyard is absolutely fascinating. You should see it! But foreigners aren¡¯t allowed to enter.¡±
It would get to me too!

Famous China pagoda at Pagoda Anchorage Mawei    Mawei Memorial of French attack upon Foochow (Fuhchau Fuzhou ) in 1884 Mass Grave after attack upon Fuzhou ( Foochow Fuhchau) by France in 1884

Luoxing Pagoda.
Mawei¡¯s great landmark is the Southern Song Dynasty Luoxing (Falling Star) Pagoda, built by Lady Liu Qiniang. This seven-story, 31.5m high octagonal granite pagoda has been a mariner¡¯s landmark for centuries, and even the great explorer Zhenghe drew it iMawei sculpture of Chinese martyrs of Sino French Battle of Foochow in 1884nto his navigational charts. During the Ming Dynasty, Europeans gave Luoxing the highly imaginative English name of ¡°China Pagoda.¡±

Drum Hill
To the east of Fuzhou, on the northern bank of the Min River and up the road from the statue of Yan Fu ??the great philosopher and translator, is Yonggyuan Temple, considered Fujian¡¯s most important temple. The 3,350 meter hill is named after the huge, flat drum-like rock on the peak.

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