Guides for China
Foshan Tourist Guide (March
What is called Foshan is actually comprised of
5 City Districts that are in many ways similar
to Counties. These are: Chancheng, Nanhai, Shunde,
Gaoming and San Shui (Cantonese: Chuncheung, Namhoi,
Sundah, Goming, and Sam Soi ).
You should consider Chancheng to represent the
heart of Foshan City proper, but know this also
includes in a physical sense the inclusion of
Gui Cheung in Nanhai. In England this is exactly
like the difference between Birmingham and The
Black Country. Tourists should not bother about
this differentiation, but long term Expats may
need to understand it to a certain degree.
This small region represents all that is the embodiment
of modern Foshan City. People normally refer to Chancheng
as simply 'Foshan'. Tourism is covered below, but here
we will first take a broader view of the city and its
future, and later mention some attractions not already
Foshan is the dynamic business hub of industry and exports
in this part of China. It is world famous for fine ceramics
and being the original home of both 'Yue' or Cantonese
Opera and modern Kung Fu.
|On Tuesday 6th April 2010, there
was a dramatic evolution to this power base, fully
supported by Beijing. A new enterprise zone has
been created which includes Districts of: Foshan
City, Guangzhou City, Zhaoqing City ; and Hong
Kong. Beijing invariably supports and promotes
Shanghai, and there is great rivalry here.
The new agreement has enormous ramifications,
and opens up China's leading export sector (34%
of gross Chinese GDP in 2008) to even more opportunities.
Massive improvements in infrastructure are already
agreed, including: The Hong Kong - Macao - Zhuhai
bridge; Eastern Shenzhen expressway (Hong Kong
to Guangzhou); new and improved rail links, including
extensions to the ones already under construction;
and an emphasis on green ecological solutions
- factories moving out of cities to new eco-friendly
However, the point of all this is to explain that whilst
Foshan is a small physical area, this initiative was
originally instigated by the Mayor of Foshan who envisages
a dynamic future for this region as a whole. Interestingly,
strong links are also being made with Hainan Island
- known as The Pearl of China, and the new and next
major worldwide destination for recreational and artistic
Now that you understand where the local politics and
power lies, know that the future heralds a bright future
for tourism also, and by turn the promotion of traditional
Chinese cultures and values.
Before continuing, please be aware that this complex
is home to many fo Foshan City's central attractions,
which tourist guides all list separately, but we will
list them all together in this section. Here is China!
The Ancestral Temple in the Centre of Foshan dates back
many centuries and was originally constructed in 1085;
but is latterly most famous as the home of Master Ip
Man, who was Bruce Lee's mentor. Bruce was a regular
visitor to Foshan, although his parental home lies some
distance away in Shunde Daliang. It is relatively large
and may need several hours to see all. There are performances
including traditional Buddhist music and Lion Dance,
but check out the times when you enter. This is also
a good place to find reasonably priced and genuine souvenirs.
There is also a museum and hall dedicated to the memory
of Deng Xiao Ping - the founder of Shenzhen and the
Policy of Openness.
The temple is known as 'Jo Mu' in Cantonese, correctly
'zhou mu'; and is Zu Miao ( 祖庙 ) in Mandarin. It is
located in the heart of the city along Zumiao Road,
and a minutes walk from Bai Hua (The big green building
with a ball on top - pictured left). The entrance is
centrally situated, with the ticket office set to the
left hand side. This area is beset with beggars, and
foreigners are their number one target. However, do
not let this put you off visiting this great attraction.
Immediately to your left upon entry is a stand that
makes and sells jade seals (Stamp in candlewax). They
will make to your own design within an hour. Further
left is the Kung Fu memorial hall, which features rooms
dedicated to Ip Man, Bruce Lee, and other great Masters.
Heading deeper into the complex and keeping left, you
will find a craftsman making Foshan Paper Cuts. Left
from here is the Kung Fu school complex, with two practice
arenas. There is also a museum of musical instruments
situated here, and adjacent to a mural depicting the
atrocities committed by foreign forces in the late Qing
Empire, with a description in English. Behind the latter
and up some stairs in the wall is a fantastic shop selling
all manner of authentic Chinese souvenirs at sensible
prices. It is hard to find! Be careful here, as one
door leads down and out into a sidestreet.
Huang Fei Hong Memorial Hall is located
in this area (the northern part of the complex, or inwards
and left from the entrance). It features a reproduction
folk style residence which houses: Huang Fei Hong cinema,
hall, patio for practicing Wushu. There are daily displays
of Kung Fu, swordsmanship, and Lion Dance. However,
these tend to be quite short, and you are better to
time your visit with a major display if at all possible.
There is also another memorial hall and several kung
fu schools located at Xi Qiao, don't get confused!
Returning to the paper cutter, you will enter a complex
behind his stall, which serves as Buddhist temple complete
with many rare artifacts. Several interlinked rooms
lead out to an open air pool full of carp and terrapins
(A Chinese thing all temples have).
Cantonese Opera. Progress through this
and right a touch to an open air theatre complex and
restaurant, combined. This is where Cantonese (Yue)
Opera is performed on certain occasions. Progressing
along the right hand side of the complex you will find
the memorial halls dedicated to Deng Xiao Ping and Cantonese
Opera. Foreign tourists will find this quite missable,
unless you are into this sort of thing, in Chinese writing
only? However, outside are several interesting stalls
selling knickknacks, some of which can be personalised
or made to order in a few minutes. Dotted around this
area are several displays of dilapidated antique things,
such as traditional boats and sowing machines set in
large glass cases. There is another restaurant here,
and the public toilets are located nearby down a nondescript
alley to your left. Behind the alley and fronting the
main road outside is a garden area. Bearing right brings
you back to the entrance - or should that be exit?
Open: 8.30 am to 6 pm
Ticket Price: Y20
Tel: 0757 82221680
Foshan Folk Art Studio and Museum
Nearby Foshan Folk Art Museum and Studio is a good place
to look for souvenirs, including excellent Chinese Cloisonné,
silks, Jade, Papercuts (Foshan's leading art), calligraphy
and other local arts and crafts. This is located along
the road from Zumiao, so with the temple to your right,
walk straight ahead and over a main road with traffic
lights. It is 5-minutes walk. This is also a great place
for gaining an understanding into the lessons learned
during the Cultural Revolution, including the modernisation
of agriculture. This complex is due to be relocated.
Open: 9 -5 sharp. Entrance: Free. Tel: 0757 8224 2556
Renshou Buddhist Pagoda and Temple
lies in Zumiao Road next door to the Folk Arts Institute,
and opposite the Carrisanne Hotel. It was established
in 1656 and also hosts a typical temple with statues
of Buddha's inside. It is a working temple, as evident
at times of worship. In the corner of the Temple grounds
you will also find an excellent vegetarian restaurant,
although you may need to ask for help in finding it
even though it is quite large. I would not make a special
journey to see this, but include reference for your
Foshan Amusement Park is located just
south of the city centre on Tiyu 3 Road according to
the Foshan Tourist Guide. I know the entrance to be
located at the side of the Musical Fountain nightclub
on Fen Jiang Zhong Lu. There is a lot to do hereabouts
and adults will also find many interesting sights and
attractions. This is the best place to take active children,
and features many rides and amusements.
Open: 8.15 - 9pm. Entrance: to park free, rides extra.
Tel: 0757 8333 8697
The complex is completed by The Rhine Cafe, a western
eatery with great Chinese food; and the Musical Fountain
Nightclub (Renamed the Spring Music Nightclub). This
hosts the first Musical Fountain in Guangdong Province.
Foshan swimming pool is located across the road from
this nightclub and slightly north towards the city centre.
It is located in Jincheng Street.
Lets take a quick walk around the block, so standing
with the Amusement Park and nightclub on your left,
Foshan Hotel is behind you. The new Foshan Metro light
railway will have a stop here at this spot, and is due
to open in late Spring 2010. Walking forwards you will
come to a major road intersection, and find Jinma Cinema
to your left. This has several screens and sometimes
doubles as a Theatre. Turning left into Tongji Road
you will shortly come to the Rhine Cafe which does sell
reasonable steak. At the end of the block is a small
square where Sunlight Apartments are located. The ground
floor is occupied by a massive mobile phone city. You
are now turning left again into Sports Road. Heading
towards the city centre you will find Wangshi Bee Garden
in a backstreet across the road. Moving forward you
will notice several restaurants, an internet cafe, and
Jack and the Magic Pea trendy restaurant, which is worth
a visit. At the end of the block is a small shop specialising
in outsize clothing. It is very cheap, and one of the
few places I can find clothes that fit me - as most
Cantonese people are a lot smaller than I am. Completing
the block along Paradise Street, there is nothing here
of major interest, although there is a good wet market
with cheap shopping mall above on the other side of
Yue Opera Museum is actually part of
Honggong Temple, situated at the western (City) end
of Zhaoxiang Road at the junction where Funing Road
becomes Fuxian Road. It is relatively interesting, but
not a 'must do'. Inside is a small temple featuring
a large wooden boat and other strange curiosities. There
is a Hall to either side and rear, featuring costumes
and relics from former times; and as used by famous
Yue Opera performers. The really famous stars get a
whole room to themselves, and also feature things such
as grammar phone records and personal memorabilia. They
really dislike you taking pictures here, so be quick
Open: 9 -5 daily. Entrance: Y15. Tel: 0757 8328 4524.
Whilst most of this area is quite industrial, tourists
may like to spend a day hereabouts, as this is home
to Ancient Nan Feng Dragon Kiln, Shiwan Ceramics Museum,
China Ceramics City, Shiwan Park, and Artist's Street.
The above are all within two city blocks in total, so
it is really convenient. The area is also home to Foshan
University, and has some excellent restaurants and a
little western style nightlife.
Ancient Nanfeng Kiln
Located in Guzao Street, Shiwan Town (At the intersection
of another road and where Jia Hua 4 Road becomes Jia
Hua 3 Road [Cantonese: gwi wa sai Lo] ) and very near
China Ceramics City. It is 5-minutes taxi from Bai Hua
The complex is home to the last working Dragon Kiln
in all of China. A Dragon Kiln is one set going up the
side of a hill, with continuous firing from bottom to
top. Ceramics are moved up during the firing process,
and this was China's answer to technical problems associated
with high temperature firing required by some special
Across the courtyard is a large shop selling locally
made products of all ceramic descriptions. To the right
wall and central is an area set aside for displays by
a Master Potter, which usually runs at certain times
each week-end, and for tour groups by appointment. This
is actually a lot of fun, as afterwards you get to play
with some clay and make your own pottery. They later
fire the results in the Dragon Kiln, and you can pick
up your finished item a couple of weeks later.
Open: 8 - 5. Entrance: Y25. Tel: 0757 8271 1798
Virtually opposite the main road entrance is a great
Hunan Cuisine restaurant, whilst veering right will
bring you to Foshan Artists Street. This is home to
many small retailers selling all manner of ceramics
and associated glassware's. There is a proper artist's
street within this complex, but it is hard to find,
even for Foshan local residents. Both this area and
Nanfeng Kiln back onto a lovely park with massive central
water feature. Restaurants, bridges, and walkways about,
and it is a most relaxing place to chill for a while.
Near the Artists Street is a fantastic mural about 20
feet high and 50 yards long. This begins with a pair
of the largest female things I have ever seen, and is
back dropped by what can best be described as a long
waterfall made from toilets. There are literally thousands
of the things all set in the wall!
Shiwan Factory of Art Ceramics is located
in Dongfeng Road and is a National Industrial Pilot
Base. It displays pottery figures and animals that are
excellent quality, as well as modern works with fresh
styles and there is always something of interest to
visitor. Whilst much of what is on show is small and
extremely intricate, larger works are also visible.
Open: 8 - 11.30 and 1 - 5 pm. Entrance: Free. Tel: 0757
Shiwan Ceramics Museum is situated
next door to Ancient Nanfeng Kiln at 5 Gaomiao Road
and showcases the 5, 000 year history of pottery making
in Shiwan, Foshan. There are 6 exhibition halls, each
designed to offer visitors intense visual impact. It
was the first museum dedicated to ceramic culture in
Guangdong, and shows many different styles and techniques.
In addition to the marvelous display, visitors an also
enjoy: Pottery in the Making, the Evolution of Kilns,
and the 24 Guilds of Shiwan.
Open: 9 - 5.30 (Closed on Monday). Entrance: Y10. Tel:
0757 8270 1218
Shiwan Artist's Street lies just around
the next corner and connects Jiang Wan 3rd Road with
Shiwan Park. The road features many diverse shops selling
all manner of ceramics. This road is a must see for
anyone interested in fine ceramic wares such as figurines,
vases of all shapes and sizes, and 'Brown work'. amongst
the myriad rambling street you will also find specialist
offering Cloisonné (intricate enamelled brassware),
and glass sculptures and works. However, those hoping
to see potters at their wheels will be disappointed,
as these are located in a nearby backstreet and you
will need local help to find them.
Shiwan Park suddenly appears at the
end of Artist's Street, and is a wonderful place to
relax after the cacophony of traders just left behind.
You will find to your immediate right a large mural
featuring toilets and sinks with water running down
them. Across the lake is an area set aside for Chinese
Tea, with restaurants and boats available for your enjoyment.
China Ceramics City is located on Ji
Hua 4 Road at a major intersection with Jiang Wan 2nd
Road. Here Ji Hua 3 Road and Jiang Wan 3rd Road helpfully
begin also, with the names changing as you cross the
traffic lights. It was originally built as a permanent
exhibition hall covering 5 floors to showcase bathroom
products. It is a centre for export and introduction
to Chinese suppliers from all over China. Tourists interested
in the latest electronic baths and showers, jacuzzi's
the size of swimming pools, hot tubs, ceramic and marble
tiles, solid marble and granite washbasins, etc - will
find this to be entertaining.
Please know that most online information is years out
of date and that it no longer has a restaurant, and
John's Bar has not been there for many years! (Written
11th April 2010).
Open: 9 -6 prompt.
Address (en): No.2 Jiang Wan 3 Road, 528031 Chancheng
District, Foshan, Guangdong, China;
Address (cn) 中国广东省佛山市江湾三路2号.
Tel: 0086-(0)757 82729999. Website: http://www.eccc.com.cn/en/
North of City Centre
Donghua Lane is found along Fuxian
Road and is made up of traditional wokhandled houses
typical of Foshan in earlier times. The houses are well
preserved and display blue stone boards with homes arranged
in picturesque disorder. There are several versions
of this style of house still visible in the old quarter
of Foshan, which is mainly set between Jusco and the
river, much being technically in Nanhai.
Liang Yuan Garden is also known as
Poet's Garden, and is a fine example of peace and tranquility.
It uses Feng Shui to fully develop the feelings of harmony
and exudes ambience. It is located on Songfeng Road
and was build in two main sections several centuries
ago. It is typical of South China gardens of this period,
and is also renowned as one of the four most famous
gardens in Guangdong Province. You will find this a
very interesting place to visit.
Open: 9 - 5. Entrance: Y10. Tel: 0757 8224 1279.
Zhongshan Park lies in Zhongshan Road
quite near the train station, and is technically in
Nanhai district. We have included it here because it
is very close to the centre of Foshan, and ten minutes
away by taxi. The park is divided into 5 main areas:
Lake and walks, animals, plants, entertainment, and
water sports. We consider this park to be a great place
to relax or entertain children.
Open: 6.30am to 9.30pm. Entrance: Free. Tel: 0757 8281
South and Southeast
The heart of power in Foshan has already shifted to
Dong Jian area, and it is rumoured to be moving again
to brand new facilities near the football stadium and
swimming pool. Dong Jian already has a long entry under
our Shopping section, and apart from thousands of restaurants,
nightclubs, and street bars; this area only has sports
facilities to interest tourists. It is a fantastic base
to travel from, but not a highlight for sightseeing.
New Asia Park is notable for 3 domes
that look like flying saucers, and overlooked by Foshan
TV Tower (Eiffel Tower with a ball in it). It is located
between Lingnan Donglu (Everybody still knows this as
'Dai Fu't Lo), and Wenhua North Road. When I first arrived
in Foshan, the TV tower was on Ji Hua 5 Road, but a
massive underpass now takes this major artery below
ground. The park has a large man-made lake, that links
to others adjoining East and South. The attraction here
is Lingnan Pearl Gymnasium, which are
the three domes and associated sports facilities. These
will be the main venue for the 12th Asia Games, which
are scheduled for late summer 2010. The venue has already
hosted major sports and entertainment events, including
music festivals. The grounds outside the halls are public
rights of way, whilst charges and opening times for
events vary with what is on.
Centurial Lotus Sports Centre is located
further South along Lingnan Donglu, and over the river
bridge. It is very easy to spot because there is a football
stadium here that looks to me like a crown. However,
to Chinese people it represents a Lotus flower. Apparently
the construction is very modern and unique, using a
cable membrane that is the first of its kind in the
world. The complex houses the stadium, a nanatorium
(Swimming and diving pools complex), training areas,
and a 'Power Centre'. The facilities exceed the highest
world standards, and this complex is seen as one of
the new symbols of Foshan City.
Chancheng is surrounded to the North, East and West
by Nanhai, which is a larger County. In Cantonese this
is called 'Namhoi'. For millennia Foshan Chancheng and
Nanhai Guicheung have been situated either side of a
very small river, and competed for export markets and
|Nanhai is the buffer between
Foshan and Guangzhou, and the connecting corridor
is an urban sprawl with factories in certain areas.
Outside of this particular zone Nanhai has beautiful
scenery and memorable places to visit. Many of
the sites and even one of our recommended restaurants
are technically in Nanhai, but as we are dealing
with distances of a few miles by taxi, we consider
this acceptable for tourists.
The District is among the most active regarding
commercial affairs in the whole country. As one
of the Top Tourist Cities of China, Nanhai is
an attractive destination. The famous landscapes
and scenic spots include Xiqiao Mountain, the
Residence of Kang Youwei, the Residence of Qiyuan
Cheng, Huangfeihong Martial Art Hall Lion Dance
and Wushu centre (Xi Qiao), the Aigrette Palace,
Nanhai Film and TV Production Base of CCTV, and
view large scale
Xi Qiao (Si tew in Cantonese) is the big hill to the
southwest of Foshan, and is about 20 minutes away by
bus. It is renowned for Kung Fu which we will list separately
below. However, Xiqiao also features 4 other main tourist
attractions in addition to the Kung Fu Centre. Buses
will deliver you to the small town of Xi Qiao, which
nestles under the Northern wing of the mountain. It
is 'OK' in a nondescript sort of way. Left and West
a bit is the back entrance to the hills complex of attractions.
I mellowed away a very comfortable afternoon here some
years ago, which included some shopping at local stalls,
and an excellent foot massage. This area also contains
a few small fairground attractions for kids. The formal
entrance lies on the East side
This mountain has a National 'AAAA' rating regards tourism,
and the main attractions are: Yun Hai Lai Tai, Huang
Daxian holy Land, Baiyun Cave, Tian Hu (Heaven) Lakes,
Stone Swallow Rock and Sifang Bamboo Garden.
Most attractions are open during daylight hours, but
some are restricted to closing at midday, including:
Bodhisattva Culture Garden.
Tianhu Lake Scenic Spot is only open between 7.30 am
and 12 midday.
General opening times: 7.30am - 6pm
Through ticket price: Y50 inclusive for all attractions
Enquiries: 0757 86886646
XiQiao is perhaps the most significant Pearl in this
vast River Delta. It is a renowned scenic spot, Buddhist
temple complex, and home to everything that embodies
ultimate and state of the arts Chinese Kung Fu. Teachings
are based upon 'HuangFeiHong' (Wong Fei Hung in Cantonese,
versions) style 'Gongfu' and Wushu. Huang Fei Hong came
to Foshan as a young boy, with his Father and other
disciples as they fled Imperial persecution from the
Shaolin Temple in neighbouring Fujian Province. They
settled in Nanhai (The name of Foshan City District
at that time), and in a new home - which you can still
visit today. There is now a very major Martial Arts
School there. Lessons are available, and easily booked.
Hong Sheng Martial Arts Academy was
established in 1851 by a martial Master named Zhang
Yan during the Qing Dynasty. Time honoured and deeply
influential, the centre boasts a lot of followers. The
members of Hongsheng played a positive role in the past
anti-feudalism and anti-imperialism wars. Hongsheng
Martial Arts Centre has established branches in Hong
Hong and abroad.
Opening times: 9 am to 5 pm
Bus numbers: 133, 141, 143
Tel: 0757 83217908
Huang Fei Hong Pugilism Hall lies at
the foot of Xiqiao Mountain in Luzhou village - the
original home of Wong Fei Hong's Father. This complex
features: Bao Zhi Lin, Bai Cao House, Hung Fei Hong
Historical Relics Exhibition Hall, Guan Dexing Memorial
Hall and martial arts patio, instruction and training
Open: 8 - 5.30.
Entrance: Free - Part of Xiqiao general ticket price
Performance Times: 9.30 - 11.30 and 2.30 to 5pm
Tel: 0757 8689 6189
This is an excellent academy which is devoted to exchanging
martial arts skills with any other practitioners and
societies worldwide. Members of the Foshan Jingwu society
practice many forms of 'Boxing' as Kung Fu is often
referred to, namely: Hung, Yongchun, Cai, Li and Fo.
It is here that Americans will find what they call:
Other Attractions in Nanhai
Of these general tourists will probably find Nanhai
Film and TV city to be the most interesting.
This is physically located due north of Foshan city
centre about 10 miles distant in the town of Songgang.
It is divided into three major scenic spot and a performance
area at present, and every section includes many beauty
Open: 8.30 to 6pm
Tel: 0757 8532 3998
Nanguo Peach Garden is also situated
in Songgang Shishan town, and offers many forms of recreation,
and includes two hotels plus a golf course. Aigrette
Palace is also located here, as is Bibo Lake and the
Kwan Yin Temple. There are many more attractions too
numerous to mention. However you will be pleased to
learn it is a large modern tourist resort and ideal
Qing Yun Cave is situated in Xi'an
tourist resort, and stands amongst picturesque scenery
on Tea Mountain. It features unique architecture of
Taoist inspiration, and is set in lovely gardens surrounded
by beautiful scenery. Open: 8.30 - 6pm. Entrance: Y20.
Tel: 0757 8680 2233.
Leigang Park is located in the downtown
area of Nanhai Gui Cheung and is an ideal place for
children and active people. The park features a lake
around which can be found several gardens and plant
buildings. There is also Bird Garden which contains
over 150 species of birds. Entertainments include: amusement
park, water park, ski track, yachting, mini zoo, and
a barbeque field.
Open: 7am to 9pm. Entrance: Free (Attractions are not).
Tel: 0757 8633 3618
Located immediately South of Chancheng, and almost inseparable
lies Shunde County. In Cantonese this is called 'Sunn-dah'.
Whilst Shunde is an economic and export driven power
base, it is most renowned for offering the very best
of Cantonese cuisine. Whilst Internationally Cantonese
cooking is basically derived from Hong Kong style (Tai
Shan in parts of USA), regards China, Cantonese cooking
is exemplified here.
Like Chancheng and Nanhai, Shunde is a powerful District
full of enterprise and tradition. It is export driven
and outward thinking, but the culture is of long standing
and the people are very warm and welcoming. Many foreigners
live and work in Shunde, and whilst not a common sight
outside of exhibition halls and classrooms, they have
a significant presence which makes this a multicultural
District in certain areas such as: Daliang, and Longjiang
+ Le Cong.
|Daliang is the
Capital of this District, and is internationally
famous as being Bruce Lee's parental home. However
there is a lot more to this city, as you will
discover. Daliang is famous all over the world
for something called 'Double skimmed milk', which
is actually double cooked. It is similar in many
respects to western blancmange, and can be served
either hot or cold. Each bowl needs several hours
for cooking, and it is extremely addictive. The
best restaurant, that is solely dedicated to this
delight is in the heart of Daliang's pedestrianised
central precinct of Haigai Street - basically
a long road with offshoots and no traffic.
The pedestrianised area is the main shopping area
(although there are others), and is ringed by
decent hotels and has MacDonald's at the southern
end. From here the Double-skimmed milk place is
about 1, 000 yards up on your right, and has a
traditional Chinese facade. The street itself
is quite decent and offers a wide range of shops
and shopping experiences. There is also a dedicated
food street nearby, but unfortunately most taxi
drivers do not understand this, even when asked
in Cantonese by a Cantonese person! This street
features many Chinese restaurants, plus a very
good Italian one, and others that come and go.
View large scale
Daliang waterfront also features a promenade on one
side that follows the river bank and is very peaceful.
By contrast the other side of the road features miles
of trendy bars and clubs. Here prices are extortionate
and often run by outsiders. You can read all about Daliang
in our dedicated City
Bruce Lee Memorial Hall is located
near the home of his Father Li Haiquan, in the village
of Shapu (Shang Village), Jun'an Town; and very
near Daliang City. Bruce did visit here once, but Foshan,
Hong Kong, and California were his main homes. However,
the Hall houses a dedicated museum, martial arts school,
and offers much by way of historical fact. A must-see
for anyone interested in Kung Fu and Bruce Lee
This whole area is currently being turned into a Bruce
Lee theme park, and is set within 20 rolling hills featuring
quiet scenic spots, and also houses the Museum of Pearl
River Delta Folk law. It is developing a dedicated Kung
Fu film studio, and building specific areas in which
to host International Kung Fu competitions. The development
is completed with full resort facilities such as hotels
and restaurants, one of which offers large scale specialty
Open: every day. Entrance: Y40. Tel: 0757 2550 8813.
Qinhui Garden is situated on Qinhui
Road, Daliang Town; and was build near the end of the
Ming Empire some 400 years ago. It is one of the four
famous gardens of Guangdong Province and a National
cultural heritage site. It features 'Lingnan' architecture
which is historically extremely important to Foshan
area, and its people. Apart form the fine buildings
and courtyards, the gardens are also very beautiful
and peaceful. If you are interested in gardens, this
this is one not to miss!
Open: 8 - 6. Entrance: Y15. Tel: 0757 2222 6196
Xishan Temple was originally known
as Guandi Temple, and is located in Xianxi Road, Daliang.
It was built in 1541 during the Ming Empire, and is
characterised by brick carving, pottery and limestone
Open: 8 -5. Entrance: Y5. Tel: 0757 2222 4995
Baolin Buddhist Temple was first built
in 917, and has now been rebuilt on Taiping Hill, Daliang.
The temple is composed of three halls that rise up the
side of Taiping Hill, and visitors climb up from one
to the next in typical Chinese fashion. Whilst this
is worth visiting if you are into temples, or are at
Taiping Hill, I would not make a special trip just to
Open: 8 - 5.30. Entrance: Y10. Tel: 0757 22295338
Shun Feng Shan Mountain Park is one
of the 10 Scenes of Shunde, and located at the foot
of Taiping Hill on Nanguo East Road, Daliang. It has
24 areas that are artfully created and themed upon 'Mountain
and Water'. Most notable are: Guihai Cong Fang, Zhi
Ting Garden, Bu Yun Jing, and Yazheng Garden.
Longjiang, including Le Cong and Leiliu
Long Jiang is regarded as the furniture capital of all
China, and the scale of this industry hereabouts is
truly staggering! The main centre for furniture exhibition
centres is Le Cong Town which is just across the river
from Foshan City centre - some 5 miles distant. International
businessmen interested in furniture should stay at the
Fortuna Hotel here, or anyone seeking a 'Western breakfast'.
By contrast, Longjiang Town proper is a developing backwater
set a little away from the heart of industry. The people
are incredibly open and friendly, and this is where
I first arrived in China. Simply stated: 'I liked it
so much I decided to stay!'.
Longjiang Temple is situated at the
northern foot of the town hill, with the entrance opposite
some excellent restaurants, and adjacent to a vegetarian
restaurant. We know that many visitors to China can
find plodding around temples to be a tad repetitive.
If I had to select only one, then it would be this one.
The gate opens to reveal a typical series of temples
rising one above the other up the hillside. On the second
level and left you will find a secluded hall that has
10, 000 golden Buddha's in it.This hall is quite remarkable,
as is the temple complex itself, and an embodiment of
everything a good temple should be. There is also a
signposted hillside walk for energetic souls, which
gives glorious views over the countryside below. Whilst
the walk can be a little steep in places, there are
numerous pagoda's and resting areas along the way. Very
well worth a visit if you are nearby.
Long Jiang literally means 'Dragon River', but the town
is known as the Town of Two Dragons. From the temple
you will see the river snaking below as reminiscent
of a dragon. The second dragon is the hill itself, which
is also shaped like a Chinese dragon. For more details
please see our Guide
to Long Jiang
Tourists on the other hand may marvel and wonder, but
are better suited to the smaller twin-town of Leiliu.
This is literally 5-minutes up the road towards Daliang,
and a microcosm of heady life and entertaining things
Leiliu Aquatic Park is run by my dear
friend Jason Liu (Liu San). He is an excellent guy and
we have shared many happy times together (Although not
always sober ones). The aquatic park is on the main
road near MacDonald's, and located behind the main Police
station, near a major road T-Junction. Jason has owned
this for 20 years, and it is not grand on an international
scale, but offers seriously excellent service for foreigners.
Staff will know you instantly, and look after your children
whilst they enjoy the rides, water chutes (Several types),
as you chill and watch from the side. Primarily: It
is extremely safe here, even for young children, as
staff are very interested in you personally, and especially
During the day this small theme park offer great entertainment
for all ages, supported by Chinese restaurants + MacDonald's
just across the road for the faint-hearted. The pool
closes around 7pm (Depending upon season and visitor
numbers), and transforms itself through a small alley
... into an open air nightclub with area for massive
projection TV and stage performances. This is surrounded
by KTV rooms. The bar area is fairly western and offers
imported beers and table casks from Germany and around
the world. It also sells Jason's own Chinese brewed
beers, which are very good and extremely cheap (Even
by Chinese prices!).
Open every day:
Water Park; 10-7pm.
Nightlife; 6pm - 2am.
Jinhua Agricultural Ecology Garden
is situated in Leiliu (Lah't Lao) Town close to Long
Jiang. It is primarily a breeding base for many rare
mammals, and also specialises in organic planting and
rare species of plants. The farm also offers great resources
for sightseeing and activities, recreation, entertainment,
and commercial conference.
Add: Zhongyong Section, Leiliu Road, Leiliu Town.
Open: All day, any day. Entrance: Y10. Tel: 0757 2366
Bijiang Golden Mansion is located near
the town of Beijiao and was formerly known as Fuhe Mansion.
It is the Chinese equivalent of a Stately Home. Regarded
and protected as a state treasure it is mainly a library
However, whilst this may not be of much interest to
foreign tourists - the building is like a timecaspule
of grandiose Chinese heritage that has been preserved
for posterity. It features remarkably intricate interior
designs, especially hand made wood carvings and fittings.
It also houses many precious antiques and is a must
for anyone wanting to see at first hand how wealthy
Chinese lived centuries ago. The grounds have beautiful
gardens which hide several unique buildings including
Yuyi former private school. Outside the walls is Sanxing
Open: 9 - 5. Entrance: Y15. Tel: 0757 2663 2123
Feng Jian Old Village, also known as
Shunde Zhou Village, is located near Xingtan Town. This
is quite a remarkable place that us surrounded by river
and water. It is a traditional style working village
that shows the local peasants lives from centuries ago
as a living modern tapestry of humanity. What is unique
is that the main street is in fact the river! Therefore
water plays a large part in these peoples daily lives.
Whilst residents still build their homes and shops along
the river, please know it is also very peaceful and
picturesque. Open: Anytime, it is a real village. Entrance:
Free. Tel: 0757 2738 1120 and 2738 1186
This area lies across the West Pearl River and borders
Heshan, Zhaoqing, Nanhai, and San Shui. In Cantonese
this is called 'Goming'. The Capital is Gaoming, which
lies just across the West Pearl River, and is the
only district to entirely do so.
|I have visited here many times,
and in fact can presently see the city from my
rooftop. Gaoming is called a town, but is transforming
into a city by way of enterprise zones and infrastructural
upgrades and installation of major new expressways.
It is also linked to the new light railway or
Metro system, which should be working by 2011.
Gaoming people tend to be a little more chilled
in outlook than their neighbours, and tend not
to put on 'airs and graces'. They are equally
hospitable to foreigners, with the city featuring
one very nice western restaurant and several decent
hotels. However, outside of the warrens of backstreets,
this is a working and industrial city. It is linked
directly to Hong Kong with a daily Sea Cat ferry
service in both directions, and is aiming high!
I must admit I quite like it, but then I have
lived in these parts for a long time.
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Linggui Park located at 263 Yanjiang
Road, Gaoming, is a beautiful and quite place, but is
most notable for the Century Numismatics Museum, which
houses cultural relics from as long ago as the Xia Dynasty
(1, 500 BC). Exhibits are arranged in chronological
order, providing you a glimpse of China through the
ages. Recommended. Open 8.30-12 and 2-17.30 daily. Entrance:
Y20; Tel: 0757 8888 1109
Linggui Garden (Do not confuse with
above) is located in Hecheng Town and is famous for
it's hilltop pagoda and Tang Dynasty Dragon Kiln. Both
are listed cultural relics. Open: 08.00 - 18.30. Tel:
0757 8888 4711
Liwen Ecological Garden, located in
Likeng Village, Xi'an Town; the garden specialises in
producing many varied and unusual fruits. There are
also full recreational facilities and entertainment.
Open: 09.00 - 20.00. Entrance Y10; Tel: 0757 8886 6526
Tenglong Gorge is set it rolling mountains
at Shi Shui, Yanghe Town. Scenic spots include: Dragon
Pool, Circling Dragon Lake, Butterfly Valley, Jade Dragon
Cliff and leisure forest. There is also a mountain river
raft ride here. Open: 10.30 - 15.00. Entrance: Y30 general;
Y168 Full. Tel: 0757 8885 3618
Zhao Mu Mountain is a favourite spot
for outdoor types, and the highest peak in Foshan. It
is located beside Yangmei Town, and is famous for Qianlong
Valley scenic spot. We are informed walk and forest
trails are also available. Entrance: Y20; Tel: 13535754333
Ying Xiang Ecological Garden is located
in Xiancun, Xi'an Town. It merges agriculture with rural
science and entertainment. Our friends highly recommend
this for children of all ages. Open: 8 - 7. Entrance:
Y20. Tel: 0757 8886 6211
Aiwen Education Farm is located at
the foot of Deer Cave Hill. It is designed to integrate
entertainment with amusements and attractions, which
helps teenagers realise the importance of ecological
balance and environmental protection. Whilst I have
not visited this one personally, similar places also
offer things like: water pistol warfare, animal farm,
cross a 2-rope bridge over a lake, and catch a piglet.
Lot of fun! Entrance Y10. Open: all day. Tel: 0757 8883
San Shui - 三水
|Lies East of Foshan City proper,
about 1-hour by bus or perhaps 40 minutes by taxi,
and is set at the confluence of three rivers.
San Shui actually means three rivers in Chinese
(Mandarin). In Cantonese this is called 'Samsoi'.
It is famous for Jiu Da Gu Canyon and Forest Park
which has the world's longest lying Buddha. Both
are located within the city proper, and a short
ride from the main coach station by taxi. Very
San Shui city is home to good shopping and entertainment,
and also features several good restaurants such
as The Little Sheep (Siu Fai Yeurm), UBC Coffee
House, and others. It is a city that has fantastic
recreational facilities and cultural gems. However,
this is also an industrial city, with certain
corridors (to: Foshan, Guangzhou, and Zhaoqing)
featuring all types of factories and support services.
The back road to Foshan has several miles of outlets
selling and servicing earthmoving equipment, which
I find quite bizarre. There are also modern and
relocated bathroom factories, most of which lie
in enterprise zones and are quite eco-friendly.
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Jiu Daogu Canyon is a dedicated tourist
resort featuring rugged terrain, mountain creeks, and
wild woodlands where natures abundance is evident everywhere.
The main canyon is 3.8 Kilometres long and falls 138
meters. Down this is a white water ride! There are 120
falls along this stretch, which features high and low
water. The highest fall is 10 meters and the ride takes
around 90 minutes. People normally walk up the side
of the gorge and then come down in a rubber raft, although
there is transportation available. This also houses
a series of large swimming pools and water based sports
activities. There are also restaurants and other entertainments
on site, and special package tours are available from
main centres in Foshan City. Open all day. Entrance:
Y138 (Includes ride). Tel: 0757 8721 8018
Forest Park is a National tourist zone
located near the above in Xi'nan Town. It houses the
world's longest Buddha which lies on its right side,
and is extremely big! Otherwise the main attractions
here are: Kongsheng Garden, Declaration Hill, Crocodile
Lake, and the Grass-sliding Ground. Open: 8.30 - 6pm
(8.00 - 6.00 Saturday and Sunday). Entrance only: Y5;
Through Ticket: Y50. Tel: 0757 8782 0118
Da Qi Tou Ancient Village is located
Leping Town, and is a Chinese historical culture reserve.
This ancient village houses the best preserved traditional
homes that are typical of the Qing Empire. They feature
wok-handled roofs, whilst the village itself is a working
village; although it caters for tourism to a large extent.
Here you will be able to witness traditional skills
and crafts and buy genuine hand-made souvenirs. Open:
9 - 12 and 2 - 6pm daily. Entrance: Y3.5. Tel: 0757
Xu Jiang Ancestral Temple is located
in Lubao Town, and is a temple that integrates: Buddhism,
Taoism, and Confucianism. It was originally built during
the Northern Song Empire and completed in 1228 AD. Open:
07.30 - 17.30. Entrance: Y10. Tel: 0757 8723 5561
The official government website gives a lot of useful
information regards history and tourist attractions:
For other attractions that may be far more interesting
or nearer, but are not technically within Foshan - please
see our related page:
This includes Guangzhou Zoo and Ocean World; Panyu Zoo,
Theme Park and Circus; nearby Zhaoqing City and Buddhist
mountain retreat; and several other interesting cities.
This information is as supplied by China Expats and
our friends, as dated 10th July 2010, and/or other reliable
sources. Please check this information yourself as it
may alter without notice, and whilst we try our best
to ensure it is correct, please do not hold us responsible
for any errors - this is intended as a simple guide
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