Anhai

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Anhai
安海镇
Town
Surviving White Pagoda (center) of Shuixin Chán Temple (right), with the adjacent old residential neighborhood (left) demolished, to make way for new development (such as seen in the background)
Surviving White Pagoda (center) of Shuixin Chán Temple (right), with the adjacent old residential neighborhood (left) demolished, to make way for new development (such as seen in the background)
Anhai is located in Fujian
Anhai
Anhai
Location in Fujian
Coordinates: 24°42′44″N 118°27′38″E / 24.71222°N 118.46056°E / 24.71222; 118.46056Coordinates: 24°42′44″N 118°27′38″E / 24.71222°N 118.46056°E / 24.71222; 118.46056
Country People's Republic of China
Province Fujian
Prefecture-level city Quanzhou
County-level city Jinjiang
Time zone China Standard (UTC+8)

Anhai (Chinese: 安海镇) is a town in southern Fujian province, People's Republic of China. It is located in the far southern suburbs of the Quanzhou metropolitan area. and is separated by Weitou Bay (围头湾) from Kinmen, which is controlled by the Republic of China on Taiwan. Administratively Anhai is part of Jinjiang County-level City, which in its turn is subordinated to Quanzhou Prefecture-level City.

The highest point in the town's administrative area is Mount Lingyuan (灵源山) at 305 metres (1,001 ft).

History[edit]

The White Pagoda

Anhai was known in the past (Song Dynasty) as Anping (安平). The famous Song Dynasty Anping Bridge crosses a tidal estuary to the west of town, connecting Anhai with its western neighbor, the town of Shuitou, which administratively belongs in Nan'an county-level city. Next to the eastern end of the bridge, Shuixin Chán (Zen) Temple is located.

Anhai was an important port during the Ming and early Qing periods; its name was often transcribed by Europeans as Gan-hai. The 19th-century researchers writing for the Hakluyt Society thought Anhai (Gan-hai) was the port of "Tansuso" visited by Martín de Rada, but later research identified Tansuso as Zhongzuosuo (中左所), which is in modern Xiamen, some 40 km (25 mi) to the west.[1]

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