Ancient Nanfeng Kiln

The Ancient Nanfeng Kiln, where the pottery art of Foshan originated, is located in Shiwan Town, Chancheng District of Foshan City. Being the oldest kiln of China, the history of the kiln can be traced back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is amazing that this ancient kiln still operates. Visitors can enjoy an ever fascinating experience to make their own pottery in this fascinating national treasure.

According to historical documents, the city became a ceramics base during the Tang (618-907) and Song Dynasties (960-1279). In the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911), the ceramics were highly developed and the pottery of Shiwan Town won a national fame. The 'Dragon Kiln' played a dominant role among the kilns of Shiwan Town. Such a kiln is always built against a hill and winds its way along the slope, resembling a gigantic dragon. Now the Nanfeng Kiln is the most ancient one of the three existing Dragon Kilns.

Although production has never stopped, the antique kiln is well preserved. It is indeed rarely seen in China or the rest of the world, and the kiln is considered as a 'live cultural relic'. The mouth of the ancient Nanfeng Kiln faces south and the giant banyan trees make a pleasant shade at the end of the kiln. In summer, there is always good breeze; therefore, the kiln gets its name 'Nanfeng' which means south wind. It is really a wonder that the over 400-year-old banyan tree can survive in such high temperature and infertile land.

Watching the process of making pottery is rather interesting. When timbers are put into the kiln, the burning kiln looks like a firedrake falling from heaven and the temperature can reach to 1,300℃ (2,372 F). In the Nanfeng Kiln, the traditional pottery making techniques live on. Temperature control is practiced by the skilled workmen according to their experience instead of modern apparatus. It is astonishing that each piece of pottery made is unique even if they come from the kiln at the same time. The instability of temperature of the wood-burning kiln brings in the variety of the products and some of them are rare and precious.

Besides, tourists to the kiln can make pottery by themselves with the assistance of professional workers. You can choose desired types and design distinctive patterns, making it a unique household decoration. If you want to buy some souvenirs, the pottery of Shiwan Town should not be missed.

Admission Fee:
CNY 25
Opening Hours:
- Last updated on May. 30, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Ancient Nanfeng Kiln
Asked by Carla from FOSHAN | Jul. 03, 2018 09:57Reply
I am in Shunde .close to desheng garden. I want to go to nanfeng kiln.
which busess must i take to get there and back
Answers (1)
Answered by Isak from NETHERLANDS | Jul. 04, 2018 18:47

Hi, you can walk about 600m to take bus line 312 from Jinsha Renjia to Shunde Passenger Station and take Ba Chan City-Rong Gui Express Line to Foshan Bus Staion. Then walk about 400m to A Station to take bus line 101, get off at Shiwan Garden and walk about 700m you can get there.
Asked by Jack from MALAYSIA | Jul. 25, 2016 02:34Reply
I am going to stay in Guangzhou and planning a day trip to Foshan.
Looking for the quickest to Ancient Nanfeng Kiln. Is the Shayuan Station current open and in operation? Will it be possible if I take the train Wanshengwei to Shayuan and change to Guangfo line, from Xilang to Kuiqi Lu?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 26, 2016 01:43

Yes, Shayuan Metro Station is open these days. You can take metro line 8 from Wanshengwei to Shayuan Station, and change to metro Guangfo line to Kuiqi Road Station, Exit C. The metro ride takes about 70 minutes, and the fare totals CNY 8. Afterwards, take bus line 155 to it. :)
Asked by Laurentia Wijaya from INDONESIA | Mar. 27, 2013 18:47Reply
Shiwan Bus Station from Guangzhou Bus Station
Hi, Wanna going to Foshan to take a look Shiwan making it a unique household decoration. If I want to buy some souvenirs, the pottery of Shiwan Town should not be miss. will use by bus directly from Guangzhou Railway Station, What's number of the express bus? walking distance from Shiwan Coach? Plz writen in Mandarin, Ancient Nanfeng Kiln and Shiwan Pottery to make sure to ask the Local people, Thanks & GBU
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Answered by Diana from USA | Mar. 27, 2013 21:28

Near Guangzhou Railway Station, you can easily find the Provincial Bus Station, where you can take a bus to FS city directly. Upon your arrival there, it is suggested to transfer to the local bus no. 137, 120 or 109 to Ancient Nanfeng Kiln Station (Nanfeng Guzao), from where you can easily walk to the Shiwan Ceramics Museum. At the museum, you can visit and buy some pottery as you like.

Here is the Chinese:
Ancient Nanfeng Kiln - 南风古灶
Shiwan Pottery - 石湾陶瓷(石湾公仔)

Asked by Sarah from SOUTH AFRICA | Nov. 06, 2012 12:03Reply
Opening Hours and days
Hi, can you please tell me if the Nanfeng Kiln sight will be open on the 24 th and 25th of December? (Christmas)
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Answered by Ellen | Nov. 07, 2012 02:17

Yes, it will be open as usual. Don't worry!
Answered by Sarah | Nov. 07, 2012 05:16

Thank you so much!
Asked by Ms.prada from SINGAPORE | Mar. 22, 2011 01:42Reply
hi i will be visiting foshan from guangzhou in early april.may i know how can i travel to the nanfeng kiln after visiting the ancestors' temple? is there any metro station nearby? thanking in advance - good day
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Answered by Ms.IVYSKY from CHINA | Mar. 22, 2011 10:56

Hi Prada,

you can take the 109 bus line from ancestors' temple to the nanfeng kiln.
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