Quanzhou, an oriental port full of ocean memories, was a meeting point of diverse civilizations. It once was one of the largest maritime trade ports of the ancient Orient historically called it "Zayton". Zayton, Malacca, Hormoz, Alexandria and Venice, those ancient places linked the maritime shipping ports across space and time which formed an important communication channel of cultures between the ancient East and West.
Today, we can still see the prosperous view of well-developed transportation, commercial prosperity and the prosperity of cultural diversity at this important international port during the period of 10th to 14th centuries A.D.from the 16 representative well-preserved ancient monuments and sites of Quanzhou.
In the 13th century, Italian traveler Marco Polo wrote, “ It is indeed impossible to convey an idea of the number of merchants and the accumulation of good in this place which is held to be one of the largest ports in the world.”
In the 14th century, Moroccan traveler Ibn Battuta wrote Zayton Port even can be said to be the largest port in the world, “I saw hundreds of big ships and countless small boats anchoring in the port.”
In 1991,an international mission named "Road of Dialogue" under UNESCO came to Quanzhou and wrote that "we are here as pilgrims not only to renew that age-old prayer but also to carry the message of peace between peoples.”
This is a magnificent epic across the ocean diverse cultures, different religious beliefs and peoples have left aspects of common prosperity in ancient Quanzhou. Today, with the help of these historic sites precious information of peace and cooperation have been disseminating to mankind. Culture evolves in the course of opening up and different races co-exist through inclusion.