Introduction of Quanzhou
Town in Fujian province on the Formosa Strait, 90 mi SW of Fuzhou, SE China. Ch’uan Chou began to develop as a major seaport during the Tang period (a.d. 618–907). Under the Yuan dynasty (1279– 1368) it was China’s greatest port, renowned throughout the world and possibly visited (as Zaitun) by Marco Polo. It declined because of the silting up of the harbor and pirate raids.