Foshan, the central of Guangdong province is part of the Pearl River Delta Economic Zone and their native dialect is Cantonese. The city is famous for Dragon Boat, Lingnan Kungfu, Martial Arts and Lion Dance.
With a long history of over 5,000 years, the city got its name from the three Buddha statues unearthed here in the Tang Dynasty (618- 907). It also becomes a land for farming, fishing and its local craftsmanship of ceramic arts.
One Day Trip to Foshan
After having my breakfast near my rented apartment, I take MTR from Guangzhou to Foshan using its well connected Guangfo Line. It took me around 1.5 hours to reach the city because there are two interchanges between Guangzhou Line and another line from Guangfo Line. Good news is I need 5 minutes only to wait for the next train.
Ancient Nanfeng Kiln
The Ancient Nanfeng Kiln is located in Shiwan Town, Chancheng District. I have to get there by bus 155 from Kuiqi Station (Guangfo Line) which takes around 10 minutes.
The kiln holds the originated pottery art and is one of the oldest kilns in China, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644). The antique kiln is well preserved and considered as a ‘live cultural relic’.
Visitors get to watch the process of making pottery, using the timbers into the burning kiln with the temperature of 1,300 degrees. The workmen still preserved the traditional pottery making techniques and practiced to control the temperature instead of using modern machinery, making each product very unique, rare and precious. Besides, visitors also have the opportunity to make their own pottery with the assistance of professional workers.
My next attraction was Foshan Zumiao (佛山祖廟) and I had to hail a taxi to get there. I could not want to miss out the place because I was a big fan of Huang Feihong and Chinese martial art since young.
The place is a key cultural relic unit under the state protection. It covers an area of 25,5000 sq meters, including the Ancestral Temple, the Confucius Temple, Huang Feihong Memorial Hall and the Ip Man Tong. The museum focus on Foshan history, martial art and the city folk art.
Different kind of interactive folk culture activities was held throughout the year including the Children Enlightening Ceremony, Huang Feihong lion dance performance, martial art performance and Cantonese Opera.
There is a Taoism temple used to worship the North God (also called Emperor Xuanwu). It was built during Yuanfeng, North Song Dynasty (1078) but destroyed in the late period of Yuan Dynasty and was reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty (1372).
An alternative way to get there is to take the Guangfo Line and get off at Zumiao Station.