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 the Dragon Boat race, 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 once becomes the land for farming, fishing, and its local craftsmanship of ceramic arts. As of today, Foshan is one of the modern city along the Guangdong province in Pearl River Delta.
Take a MTR ride from Guangzhou to Foshan is so easy with 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 Guangfo Line. Depending on where you are staying, the good news is I need 5 minutes only to wait for the line interchange.
Get off at the nearest attraction from MTR station and hail a taxi ride. Taxis are widely available and the fare is reasonable. A simple tip you always need to remember is ask and make sure the drivers charge by the meter.
Where to Visit in Foshan
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 original pottery, and art is one of the oldest kilns in China, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368- 1644). The antique kiln is well preserved and considered a ‘live cultural relic’.
Visitors get to watch the process of making pottery, using the timbers in the burning kiln to a 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 on 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 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 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.
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