Foshan is a historical and energetic city. In the past thousands of years, it made its way among the shortlist of the four best known towns in Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties. Famous as the hometown of ceramic art, Cantonese Opera, and martial art, Foshan also shows its modern face as the third largest city in Guangdong Province. Relying on its profound cultural achievements, it has developed into a tourist city supported by its advantaged geographic location and economic conditions.
Sanshui Lotus World
Ancient Nanfeng Kiln
Bruce Lee Ancestor's House
Nanhai Kwan-yin Temple
In City Proper (Chancheng District)
A popular saying goes that one who fails to visit the Ancestor's Temple has never been in Foshan. In contrast to the hustle in the Zumiao Road, the Zumiao Temple, where the present Foshan Museum is seated, tacitly shows the refinement and magnificence of towers, halls, garrets and other ancient architecture. It was a Taoist site first established in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) and is still home to a thriving culture.
Taking Bus No.109, 120, 137, visitors can get to the Ancient Nanfeng Kiln, where pottery art of Foshan originated. Its history can be traced back five hundred years, to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). And it is amazing that this ancient kiln still works. Visitors can enjoy an ever fascinating experience to make pottery by their own in this fascinating national treasure.
In Nanhai District
Located to the north of Chancheng District, Nanhai District can be reached by Bus No.208B and some others. In this area, the Xiqiao Mountain is reputed as the pearl of landscapes in South Guangdong. Situated in the southwest of the Nanhai District, it is an extinct volcano that has slept for thousands of years. Comprising seventy-two peaks, thirty-six caves, two hundred springs twenty-eight waterfalls, two lakes and nine scenic areas, it is not only a national level tourist destination but also a national forest park. It is well preserved with all types of natural scenery, and it is without doubt a place of exceptional beauty.
Nanhai Kwan-yin Temple is in Nanguo Peach Garden, a tourist fairyland relying on its aloofness to the hustle and bustle of the city. The present Nanhai Kwan-yin Temple in the garden is a must-see spot. It was first built over one thousand years ago and rebuilt in contemporary times in the pseudo-classic style of Ming and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.
Not distant from the temple, Bus No.222, 238, 254, 256 can take visitors to the CCTV Nanhai Movie & TV Town, one of the four Movies & TV bases of China Central Television, comprising three scenic spots and one performing area epitomizing both brilliant past and present of the city.
In Sanshui District
Foshan has Chancheng-Sanshui intercity bus lines which can conveniently take visitors from downtown to Sanshui District. Among the sceneries of this district, the Sanshui Lotus World is highlighted by 300 species of lotuses, Confucian temple and the 108-meter-long (354-feet) reclining Buddha, it also offers some outdoor sports facilities, such as the grass skiing slope and the sports car club. Located in south of Sanshui District, this omnibus scenic area is one of the best value places to admire and relax.
Jiu Dao Gu in Sanshui District must be worth a visit for people who like rafting and exploration. It offers fascinating entertainment and adventures.
In Shunde District
Chancheng-Shunde and Nanhai-Shunde intercity buses make this area very accessible for visitors. Buses take one there by way of a famous garden, Qinghui Garden. It was first constructed by the Number One Scholar of late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and praised to be one of the four major gardens of Guangdong through hundreds years of constant elaborative construction. Comprising crystal waters, verdant trees, stone formations, bridges, pavilions and towers, this garden that unites ancient gardens, architecture, carvings is well worth a visit. In Qinghui Road, Daliang Town, the garden is as a magnet to draw worldwide visitors.
In addition, the Bruce Lee Ancestor's House in Jun'an Town is a lasting reminder of this super Kung Fu star.