Foochow arsenal
Foochow arsenal
Feng Guifen, coiner of the phrase
Commissioner Lin Zexu
Photo of a 27-year-old Prince Gong.
Front gate of the Zongli Yamen, the de facto foreign affairs ministry.
Nanjing Jinling Arsenal (金陵造局), built by Li Hongzhang in 1865.
The Fuzhou Arsenal in Mawei District, Fuzhou, Fujian.
Chinese warship Yangwu, built at the Fuzhou Arsenal in 1872.
Builder of the Fuzhou Arsenal, Prosper Giquel
"Chinese Gordon"
Chinese Qing officers with a Montigny mitrailleuse.
Premier Li Hongzhang with former President Ulysses S. Grant, 1879
Chinese fortifications, Sino-Vietnamese border
Gun transportation at Shanghai Jiangnan Arsenal (上海江南製造兵工廠).
Zuo Zongtang, 1875
Minister of Transport Sheng Xuanhuai

The Foochow Arsenal, also known as the Fuzhou or Mawei Arsenal, was one of several shipyards created by the Qing Empire and a flagship project of French assistance to China during the Self-Strengthening Movement.

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This program was spearheaded by regional leaders like Zeng Guofan who, with the efforts of the western-educated Yung Wing, established the Shanghai arsenal, Li Hongzhang who built the Nanjing and Tianjin Arsenals, and Zuo Zongtang who constructed the Fuzhou Dockyard.

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Foochow arsenal

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Photograph of Zuo Zongtang, late 19th century

Zuo Zongtang

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Chinese statesman and military leader of the late Qing dynasty.

Chinese statesman and military leader of the late Qing dynasty.

Photograph of Zuo Zongtang, late 19th century
Former Residence of Zuo Zongtang in Xiangyin County, Hunan.
The map showing Zuo's campaign against Dungan rebels and Yaqub Beg in Xinjiang
Portrait of Zuo Zongtang, by Piassetsky, 1875
Tomb of Zuo Zongtang in Yuhua District, Changsha, Hunan.

In 1866, as part of the Qing government's Self-Strengthening Movement, Zuo oversaw the construction of the Fuzhou Arsenal and naval academy.

Prosper Giquel (1835-1886).

Prosper Giquel

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French naval officer who played an important role in the modernization of 19th century China.

French naval officer who played an important role in the modernization of 19th century China.

Prosper Giquel (1835-1886).
Prosper Giquel supervised the building of the Foochow Arsenal in Mawei.

In 1866 Giquel became involved in the organization and planning for the Fuzhou (Foochow) dockyard project envisioned by Zuo Zongtang.

These efforts contributed to China's Self-Strengthening Movement of acquiring Western knowledge.