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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.
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Chancheng 禅城区
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 covered.

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 units).
Image: Map of Chancheng - click to enlarge

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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 pursuits.

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.

Chancheng Tourism

City Centre:

Ancestral Temple
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 information.

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 the road.

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 and discrete.
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 city centre.

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 glazes.

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 8227 2992

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.
Entrance: Free.
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:

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 4580

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 political influence.

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 Leigang Park.
Image: Map of Nanhai Quicheung - click to enlarge

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Xi Qiao

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

Kung Fu
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
Entrance: Free
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 schools.
Open: 8 - 5.30.
Entrance: Free - Part of Xiqiao general ticket price (Y50).
Performance Times: 9.30 - 11.30 and 2.30 to 5pm
Tel: 0757 8689 6189

Jingwu Society
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: Hun Gar.

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 spots.
Open: 8.30 to 6pm
Entrance: Y70
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 for families.

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.
Image: Map of Shunde Daliang

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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 Guide

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 cuisine.
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 sculptures.
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 see it.
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 to do:

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 'your children!'

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 1228

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 House.
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

Gao Ming
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 36868

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 convenient.

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 8738 6548

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:

Nearby Attractions

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 only
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