The record of his experiences in the Ming Empire, logged by the Jesuits at Goa in 1561, was the first non-clerical account of China to reach the West since Marco Polo.
The Ryukyu Kingdom established an embassy in Fuzhou.
During the Three Kingdoms Period, southeast China was nominally under the control of Eastern Wu, and the Fuzhou area had a shipyard for the coastal and Yangtze River fleets.
In 282, during the Jin dynasty, two artificial lakes known simply as the East Lake and West Lake were constructed in Ye, as well as a canal system.
The Wang brothers enticed more immigrants from the north, though their kingdom only survived until 945.
In 978, Fuzhou was incorporated into the newly founded Song dynasty, though their control of the mountainous regions was tenuous. Buddhism was quickly adopted by the citizens who quickly built many Buddhist temples in the area.
Among them were Zhu Xi, the most celebrated Chinese philosopher after Confucius, and Xin Qiji, the greatest composer of the ci form of poetry.
Marco Polo, an Italian guest of the Emperor Kubilai, transcribed, after the conventions of Italian orthography, the place name as Fugiu.Han Dynasty historian Sima Qian wrote that the surviving members of the Yue royal family fled south to what is now Fujian, where they settled alongside the native Yue people, joining Han and Yue culture to create Minyue.The First Emperor of Qin unified ancient China in 221 BC and desired to bring the southern and southeast regions under Chinese rule.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 percent.Fuzhou in Chinese is "有福之州” (yǒufúzhīzhōu), meaning "good luck city." The Yuanhe Maps and Records of Prefectures and Counties, a Chinese geographical treatise published in the 9th century, says that Fuzhou's name came from Mount Futo, a mountain northwest of the city.Along with the many counties of Ningde, those of Fuzhou are considered to constitute the Mindong (lit. Fuzhou lies on the north (left) bank of the estuary of Fujian's largest river, the Min River.