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Archdiocese of Fuzhou
Archdiocese of Fuzhou

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Fuzhou is an archdiocese located in the city of Fuzhou in China. Fuzhou, is the capital and one of the largest cities in Fujian province, China.

Fuzhou lies on the north (left) bank of the estuary of Fujian's largest river, the Min River. All along its northern border lies Ningde, and Ningde's Gutian County lies upriver. Its population was 7,115,370 inhabitants as of the 2010 census, of whom 4,408,076 inhabitants are urban representing around 61.95%, while rural population is at 2,707,294 representing around 38.05%. In 2015, Fuzhou was ranked as the 10th fastest growing metropolitan area in the world by Brookings Institution. Fuzhou is listed as No. 20 in China Integrated City Index 2016's total ranking, a study conducted by National Development and Reform Commission.

History

  • 1680: Established as Apostolic Vicariate of Fujian from the Apostolic Vicariate of Cochin
  • October 3, 1883: Renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Fo-kien
  • December 27, 1923: Renamed as Apostolic Vicariate of Fuzhou
  • April 11, 1946: Promoted as Metropolitan Archdiocese of Fuzhou

Climate

Fuzhou has a humid subtropical climate influenced by the East Asian Monsoon; the summers are long, very hot and humid, and the winters are short, mild and dry. In most years, torrential rain occurs during the monsoon in the second half of May. Fuzhou is also liable to typhoons in late summer and early autumn. The monthly 24-hour average temperature ranges from 10.9 °C (51.6 °F) in January to 28.9 °C (84.0 °F) in July, while the annual mean is 19.84 °C (67.7 °F). With monthly percent possible sunshine ranging from 24 percent in March to 54 percent in July, the city receives 1,607 hours of bright sunshine annually. Extremes since 1951 have ranged from −1.9 °C (29 °F) on 25 January 2016 to 41.7 °C (107 °F) on 26 July 2003.

Geography

Fuzhou is located in the northeast coast of Fujian province, connects jointly northwards with Ningde and Nanping, southwards with Quanzhou and Putian, westwards with Sanming respectively.

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