Fujian is called “Min” for short. This is derived from the name of Minzhongjun Prefecture set up by the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty, two thousand years ago after unification of China. Five prefectures including the Prefectures of Fuzhou and Jianzhou were set up during the Tang Dynasty. In 733 A.D., the first character of these two prefectures were used to name a newly-established military command, hence the name of Fujian.
This province saw rapid development during the period of the Tang Song and Yuan Dynasties. It was during that period that Quanzhou became a major trading part of China also culture and literature flourished here. Many of the Province’s grand and elegant ancient buildings were built during that period. It was officially proclaimed a province in both the Ming and Qing Dynasties.