Zheng Chenggong was a militarist and a national hero during the late Ming and early Qing dynasties.
Cai Xiang (1012–1067) was born during the Song Dynasty (960-1279) in Xianyou county, Fujian province. In 1031, he obtained jinshi, the highest degree offered by the ancient Chinese imperial examination.
Li Guangqian (1893-1967), born in Meishan town in Nan'an, was a famous overseas Chinese businessman, philanthropist and educator.
Master Hong Yi (1880-1942), originally named Li Shutong, was a versatile artist who made outstanding achievements in drama, music, poetry, painting and calligraphy.
Liu Congxiao (906-962) made great contributions to the development and construction of Quanzhou in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period (907-960).
Wang Yanbin (886-930) was born in Quanzhou. He was in charge of the military and government of Quanzhou for 16 years.