We have been pleasantly surprised by Ganzhou City, which turns out to be a city full of history. Some of the infrastructure trace back to the Sung dynasty.
The city's sewer system was built in the Sung dynasty and is more than 800 years old.
Chairman Mao's famous "Long March" began in nearby Ruijin City, which was the capital of the Chinese Soviet Republic, known also as the "Old Red Capital."
A few hours to the west of Ganzhou is the Jin Gang Mountain, a very poor and remote region where Chairman Mao and his Red Army leaders hid when the Nationalist Army was in hot pursuit.
Ganzhou is considered the center of the Hakka (literally "Guest") people. They were originally refugees from Henan province in the north who, escaping from war and famine, settled in this region in ancient times. Being foreign to the region, they kept their ancient dialect, old customs and distinctive cuisine. From this region, the Hakkas branched out and settled in other southern provinces such as Guangdong, Taiwan, and many countries in Southeast Asia. The 19th Conference of the World Federation of the Hakkas was held in Ganzhou City last year.
Ganzhou is the Tungsten capital of the world. 70% of the
world's production of Tungsten comes from
China; and 70% of China's Tungsten production comes from Ganzhou.
The city is clean but full of noises. Honking is pervasive. A street sweeping truck usually comes around the hotel at around 9 pm, playing loud "Happy Birthday" tunes.
There are no pigeons in public parks or places.