Two port cities in the South China Sea •

Last update: September 20th, 2020 at 4:00 pm

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features two Chinese port cities, Xiamen and Quanzhou, which stand out against the nighttime waters of the South China Sea.

As seen by the bright lights, several islands and small harbors near the coast make up one of China’s most highly trafficked port regions. 

According to NASA, the ancient city of Quanzhou was once one of the most important ports along the Maritime Silk Road. 

The photograph was captured on September 12, 2019 by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station (ISS).


By Chrissy Sexton, Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory


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