Foshan is an ancient city, filled to the brim with the history of China. Foshan is also a brand new city completely connected to the future of China.
To explore Foshan and its story is to get an incredible insight into Chinese history, as well as a glimpse into the future of China itself. You cannot know where you are headed until you know where you came from.
The main advantage with Foshan revolves around the idea that you can see where you are going because where you came from is right in front of you at every moment of every day.
Foshan is deceptively huge when you look for it on the map and learn about its many districts. Having always been considered to be in the shadow of big brother Guangzhou, Foshan is quite a juggernaut all on its own.
Foshan has an amazing and massive population, which is comparable to the major city of London. Chinese cities in Guangdong are extremely over-populated compared to most cities around the world. Some cities in China will boast populations the size of small countries, while Western China is a vast countryside of wide open spaces.
Geographic features such as mountains and deserts dictate populations around China, and Foshan is no different as it is cradled by a few mountains and many rivers. Instead of a small city that would be hidden among mountains along a river, Foshan is made up of 5 vastly different districts which can also be divided into an additional 32 sub districts.
The 32 Sub-districts of Foshan
The thirty -two sub-districts are part of several giant distinct districts that have been banded together to create the whole of what we call Foshan today.
All of the sub-districts in Foshan are a part of a larger district that make up the whole of Foshan. Each individual sub-district has its own distinct style and personality. Next up we are going to talk about each of Foshans districts and sub-districts in more detail.
Beijiang River passes through the town. It divides the Lubao into east and west sides.
Sanshui’s only international standard 18-hole golf course is also in the beautiful Lubao Town.
Sanshui is a paradise among the concrete jungles and factories around all of Foshan.
Although a country-side sleepy place, it houses factories and businesses of all kinds to support the local residents. Be prepared for long car rides alongside endless farmland.
Introduction to Shunde:
Shunde is an amazing amalgamation of everything that is Foshan. Shunde is recognized as the home to the largest population of millionaires in China.
But it is also home to some of the most beautiful and historic waterways of the region.
Shunde used to be its own small city, but was then welcomed into the Foshan collective many years ago.
Shunde boasts a thriving economy full of factories and businesses supported by the local populace as well as its millionaire community.
Do not be fooled by the Foshan backwater district impression, as Shunde is definitely a power player in the region.
With investors in the city and some of the most amazing world-class recognized cuisine and seafood nearby, Shunde is most definitely growing and a place worthy of visiting.
It would take you quite a while to see it all.
Shunde District is in the south of Guangdong Province, on the southwest border of Guangzhou and Foshan.
Shunde covers an area of over 800 square kilometers with a permanent population of over 2.7 million living in ten districts.
Lecong Town is located in the northwest of Shunde District, with an area of nearly 80 square kilometers, with a permanent resident population of over 360000.
It is the capital of China’s home furnishing trade and innovation, the capital of China’s plastic commerce and trade, and the professional demonstration zone of China’s steel market.
Lecong is the world’s largest furniture sales center. It is the largest steel trade distribution center in China.
With an area of 1 million square meters and an annual turnover of more than 2 million tons, the specialized plastics market ranks first in South China.
Beijiao, formerly known as “Baijiao”, meaning “one hundred interlaced rivers,” is between the main urban area of Shunde, Foshan New City and the main urban area of Guangzhou. It has a population of 330000.
Beijiao is a major home appliance manufacturing town in China. The pillar industries are home appliance manufacturing, metal materials and equipment manufacturing.
It has the largest and most complete industrial chain of white household appliances and small household appliances product cluster in the world.
Daliang is located in the east central part of Shunde.
Daliang is the political, cultural, educational, and commercial center of Shunde.
It is slightly over 80 square kilometers, with a permanent population of 403,800
Daliang has a profound cultural heritage, including Qinghui Garden, Baolin Temple, Xishan Temple and other places of interest within the jurisdiction.
Chencun covers an area of over 50 square kilometers, with 214300 permanent residents and 99700 registered residents.
The primary industry is represented by flowers. Chencun has a flower planting area of nearly 20,000 mu.
It has about 70,000 mu of extended flower planting bases in the surrounding areas such as Nanhai, Gaoming, and Yunfu.
The annual flower transaction volume reaches 3 billion yuan, and the total value of flower exports is 26 million US dollars.
Longjiang is in the west of Shunde. With an area nearly 74 square kilometers, and a permanent population is 337,500.
The first silk reeling factory in Shunde was established in Longjiang.
The manufacturing industry has developed rapidly, forming an industrial system with five pillars of furniture, home appliances, plastic building materials, food and beverage, textile and clothing.
The plastic building materials industry is the largest industry in Longjiang town.
Xingtan Town is in the southwest of Shunde, with a total area of 122 square kilometers with a registered population of more than 130,000. Xingtan is a well-known water town in the Pearl River Delta.
As the location of Shunde High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Xingtan is ushering in new opportunities for industrial development.
Lunjiao is an important part of the central urban area of Shunde, with a total area of nearly 60 square kilometers and a total population of about 200000 people.
Covering an area of 80 square kilometers, with a permanent resident population of 610800, Ronggui Sub District is in the south of Shunde District.
Ronggui currently has one university, the Southern Medical University Shunde Campus.
Leliu is located in the center of Shunde District, with a total area of 92.62 square kilometers, with a population of 252,364 people.
The total area of Jun’an Town is just over 80 square kilometers, with a permanent population of 170,543 and a floating population of about 50,000.
It is the hometown of international martial arts star Bruce Lee.
The green denim industry chain has an annual output of more than 200 million pieces of jeans and the products are sold well all over the world. In 2004, Junan was rated as China’s Famous Town of Jeans.
Nanhai is an amazing tract of land that encompasses big city living on the fringes of a green paradise that goes off in all directions. Businesses, schools, and factories multiply constantly throughout Nanhai at such a rate, that the imagination runs wild thinking of the future possibilities for this district.
Foshan has plenty of room to expand and grow within Nanhai, and the construction of the future has already begun.
Nanhai District of Foshan City is located adjacent to Guangzhou, with an area of over 1000 square kilometers. It has a population almost 3 million people and it will continue to grow.
Dali Town is located in the east of Nanhai District of Foshan City, just south of Chancheng District of Foshan City. It is an important link Foshan and the region.
Many roads, highways, and expressways connect this district in all directions to the rest of Guangdong and beyond. In fact, It takes about 3 hours to travel to Hong Kong and Macao, which makes Dali an important jumping off point for transportation.
Dali has a long and storied history and culture that goes back many years to say the least. Dali has several cultural stations dedicated to the preservation of Dali history and culture for all to enjoy. Since 1990, it has been awarded national awards for its cultural programs and stations. It will continue to do so as Dali continues to grow in the years to come.
Shishan Town is located in the south central part of Guangdong Province, covering an area of over 330 square kilometers. There are many rivers in Shishan Town. The water is used for industrial and agricultural purposes, as well as domestic water.
Shishan town is near Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, and Foshan Shadi Airport, as well as a few other airports in the area. It is also sitting on ports and roads in all directions, which makes this an important place.
South China Normal University, opened a branch campus in Shishan town in 2000. Nanhai Neusoft Information Technology Vocational College and Guangdong Industry Technical College were also established in Shishan.
Lishui Town is located in the northeast of Nanhai, and next to Guangzhou. It is more than 10 kilometers away from Foshan City Center and more than 20 kilometers away from Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport.
In 2015, the Horticultural World Project in Lishui Town was unveiled. Cultural exchange, sightseeing, and tourism area big part of its purpose.
The Lily Culture Festival is held every year, and attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists. Lishui is a definite tourist spot when it come to its natural surroundings.
Danzao Town is located in the west of Nanhai along the Guangdong-Guangxi-Guizhou high speed rail economic belt. It is the capital of daily hardware in China, as well as a national ecological town.
Covering an area of over 140 square kilometers, the town has a total population of 180000. Recently, Danzao climbed up to the 63rd of China’s top 100 towns. A lot of that recognition came with the new energy vehicles and intelligent public security developing rapidly.
Danzao also has the Yangtze River Hydrogen Power R&D Center and the first hydrogenation station in Guangdong was built in Danzao.
Xiqiao Town is located in the southwestern part of Nanhai. It is a famous national historical and cultural town, as well as a famous tourism town. Xiqiao Town is made up of roughly 177 square kilometers, and a population of 350,000.
Xiqiao has a natural environment and has the natural resource advantages of two mountains and two rivers. Because of its importance to the region, the second phase of Foshan Metro Line 2 and Guangzhou Railway have planned to have stations in Xiqiao.
Guided by tourism and culture, Xiqiao business district is becoming bigger, and the tertiary industry is booming day by day.
Jiujiang Town is located in the southwestern part of Nanhai with a population of about 242,000. Jiujiang has steady and amazing increases in all categories.
Jiujiang is on pace to stay on the list of the top 100 comprehensive strength towns in China.
Chancheng is the centre of Foshan, with a total of 4 districts it covers the smallest land area of Foshan but is the most heavily connected location in Foshan. Chancheng holds all Foshan Government Bureaus and is the political and commercial heart of the city.
Nanzhuang Town, located in the west of Chancheng, an important part of downtown Foshan. The town covers an area of over 76 square kilometers and it has 1 national ecological village as well.
Nanzhuang Town has a good water system, many rivers, a mild climate, and it is a typical Lingnan water town. Many important waterways go through this town.
Nanzhuang Town is well-developed with many major road networks connecting to the outside. The Guangfo Metro Line 2 under construction will have three stations in Nanzhuang. Nanzhuang Town has a world-class ceramics city, and a central business district of China’s ceramics.
The Zumiao Area is located in the northeast of Chancheng. It covers an area of over 21 square kilometers, with a population of about 600000.
It is the core of the downtown area of Foshan City, where the offices of the Foshan Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government are located.
Now it is the political, economic and commercial area of Foshan City Cultural center. It is 25 kilometers away from Guangzhou and 40 minutes from Baiyun International Airport.
Zumiao Area has a thousand years of history and culture. Due to the prosperity of handicraft industry, commerce and culture, it was called one of the “four famous towns” together with Hankou Town, Zhuxian Town and Jingdezhen, and one of the “four major agglomerations” together with Wuhan, Beijing and Suzhou in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
The traditional culture of Lingnan in the jurisdiction has its own unique charm. It has an Ancestral Temple known as the palace of oriental folk art; Liang Yuan, one of the four famous gardens in Lingnan; the Hwang Feihong Museum that embodies the essence of Chinese martial arts.
It is known as the hometown of Chinese Lion Dances and the hometown of Chinese folk art. It has a national intangible cultural heritage made up of Cantonese opera, paper-cutting, woodblock New Year pictures, martial arts, and the amazing and forever popular lion dancing.
It is the birthplace of traditional Chinese medicines such as Yuan Jilin Ganhe tea, Feng Liaoxing herbal wine, Ma Bailiang Qili powder etc. And it is the place where Foshan traditional activities such as Autumn Parade, Xingtongji and other local events are held. It is the beating heart of a lively city.
Shiwan Town is located in the southeast of Chancheng, where the Chancheng District Committee and the District Government are located. It has a population of 352900.
Shiwan has a profound cultural heritage, enjoying the reputation of The Capital of Southern Pottery & Ceramic. It has rich historical and cultural resources such as Hedang Beiqiu site and Ancient Nanfeng Kiln. Shiwan has complete supporting facilities, beautiful environment, high-end medical treatment equipment, basic education and other resources.
The main roads such as Jihua Road, Kuiqi Road, Lingnan Avenue, Fenjiang Road, Wenhua Road, and Nanhai Avenue all pass through the jurisdiction area, and the metro lines 1 to 6 all cover Shiwan. The jurisdiction also has large-scale parks such as Yayi Park, Wenhua Park, Shiwan Park and Banyue Island Wetland Park.
The ceramic industry is the most famous industry in Shiwan and also a business card of Foshan. Shiwan is one of the most important ceramic production and marketing areas in the world, and also the birthplace of Chinese modern architectural ceramics.
Shiwan is also the only famous stainless steel town in China. It has many stainless steel trading platforms. In recent years, Shiwan has gradually transformed and upgraded from traditional industries such as ceramics and stainless steel into a home furnishing industry cluster with ceramics as its core.
Zhangcha is located in the central and western part of Chancheng with a total area of 26.5 square kilometers and a population of about 293,000. The district has a well-developed transportation network and it is planned to transfer seamlessly with Foshan Metro line 2 which is now under construction.
Famous historical figures were from Zhang Cha, famous thinkers, the “first gourmet in Lingnan,” and masters of Cantonese opera. Zhangcha has also preserved traditional Lingnan culture such as lion awakening, dragon boat, paper-cutting, and Cantonese opera.
Zhangcha has a solid 4000 knitting enterprises, with an annual output of more than 3 million tons.
Subway Stations in Chancheng
Tong Ji Lu
Pujun Bei Lu
Culture of Foshan
The history of Foshan is everywhere, and it envelopes all aspects of modern Foshan life. Its all encompassing history is as tangible as the leaves on the trees, and the water in the rivers.
It is as present as the air we breathe, and the tea we drink. Everything that is special about Foshan, sets it apart from its neighbors. Everything is done with a purpose in Foshan, and every purpose stems from a connection to its past.
Its as prevalent as washing your dishes with hot water before a meal, to gently tapping fingers on the table to honor and show respect to those that serve you with acts of humility.
You can participate in a toast to someone or something, but you must always hold your drink lower than the host or your friends.
What may seem like a silly little game to outsiders, is actually the ever present need to show your thankfulness, respect, and humility, among many other important virtues.
With its feet firmly planted in the past, Foshan looks forward to take those brave steps into the future and assume its rightful place amid the giant powerful cities of China.
With the pace at which Foshan has been growing and leaping forward, there is no doubt that Foshan will one day be a major power player in China and the rest of Asia.
Until that time, we can all sit back, relax, and find ourselves in that particularly strange position of being able to see a small city grow up and one day possibly take over the province as a powerhouse hub of modern adaptability and inspiration.
Foshan Lingnan Culture
The Lingnan culture is strong in Foshan, and it is a piece of their heritage that will not fade away anytime soon. The culture is shared through activities and exhibitions, artwork and architecture.
Facets of Lingnan culture have been preserved for thousands of years in some cases, and they will continue to be preserved for the many countless years to come.
A walk through history can range from pottery-making in the Ancient Nanfeng Kiln, to taking a nice stroll through Lingnan Tiandi which looks much the way it did 100 years ago in some areas. There is so much to see and do in Foshan.
As always, the Ancestral Temple is quite possibly the main attraction. It is continually restored and cleaned up in order to provide a place to learn about Foshan culture for many years to come.
Whether you want to learn about Foshan culture, or Foshan wine such as the Chen Taiji Winery, Foshan has it all. Baijiu is just different alcohol altogether, and it will make sure you realize what white wine really means here in Foshan.
It is somewhat of an acquired taste, but the many different flavors available will make for an interesting journey. Eventually, you may even find a certain brand/flavor you enjoy, and that will be the end of carrying red wine bottles to dinner with friends.
The culture in food and drinks is just as strong as it is with the history of ceramics and other such enterprises. Baijiu is definitely one of those cultural items that will enhance any experience in the heart of Lingnan culture.
But you can rest assured, it is not even the tip of the iceberg when learning about Foshan and all if has to offer. Foshan and its Lingnan culture will always provide interesting new ideas and aspects, making Foshan one of the most interesting and important places in all of China, and the whole world.
Foshan has so many museums ranging from Kung Fu in Zumiao, to ceramics at the Han Tao Chinese Ceramic Museum. Perhaps you are more interested in seeing beautiful architecture such as the century-old Baofeng Pagoda, or the Fengning Temple. Foshan truly has something for everyone.
Hwang Fei Hong Lion Dance Martial Arts Museum
Li Xiao Long (Bruce Lee) Museum
Jiujiang Double-distilled Rice Wine Museum
He Art Museum
The Foshan Folk Art Research Institute
Foshan: Old and New
Lingnan Tiandi is certainly a testament to that notion. It is one of the only places in the area with a Confucius temple down the street from a McDonald’s. Artefacts, relics, and artwork are dedicated to the great teacher himself.
The local government continues to invest in its longevity and attractiveness to share the wisdom and history of Confucius with millions of visitors each and every year.
Because these endeavors have resulted in great success, the government continues to fund restoration projects to rebuild old sections of the city into beautiful and extremely profitable attractions for tourists from all over the world, as well as residents from all over Foshan.
The Guanshui Water Temple is gorgeous, and it has been restored much like the Guogong temple, and even the towering Baofeng Pagoda. The scenic spots will provide memories for generations to come.
The Kung Fu Tribute museum is as much dedicated to the martial arts, as it is to the pioneering masters and students that shared Kung Fu with the world. From ancient artifacts used by legends, to an actual letter written from Bruce Lee in America, to his master Ye Wen in China.
You will find amazing things that will make your head spin with excitement. Of course, do not forget to write down a wish or a prayer attached to an orange and throw it into the trees for good luck. Make sure you hit the stone turtle on the head with a coin for prosperity and good luck.
As you can see, there are so many interesting things to do in Foshan. Did I forget to mention the house of the Lee Family? Bruce Lee’s grandfather had a house in Shunde which is now a tribute museum to Bruce Lee and his family. It is definitely worth a visit.
But there is no reason to leave Foshan at all, when there is so much to see and do. Foshan is the cradle of Kung Fu.
The Martial artists of China look to Foshan as the hub of the most famous of the Chinese Martial Arts.
Most major world-renowned Martial Arts movie stars of China have all had some sort of connection to Foshan.
Bruce Lee may have been born in San Francisco, and he may have been raised in Hong Kong, but his family is from Foshan.
Bruce Lee Spots Every Fan Needs to visit in Foshan
Bruce Lee Ancestor’s House in Shunde, Foshan
Bruce Lee Paradise in Shunde, Foshan
Bruce Lee Section of Kung Fu Museum in
Zumiao Ancestral Temple in Chancheng, Foshan.
Ip Man (Ye Wen)
You cannot simply mention Bruce Lee without thinking of the masters who came before him, and his actual Kung Fu master from Foshan.
Ip Man, also commonly referred to as Ye Wen, is a Foshan native that perfected his style of Wing Chun Kung Fu.
His most famous pupil was the legendary Bruce Lee. In later years, Ye Wen gained more fame and recognition outside of Foshan as movies were made of his life and shared with the world.
Foshan is beyond proud of their native son, and it shows in every corner of Foshan. From statues and artwork, to his prominent place in the Kung Fu museum inside of the ancestral temple’s hallowed grounds.
Bruce Lee (Li Xiao Long)
Bruce Lee was born in San Francisco, California to two Cantonese Opera singers. They returned to China with the baby, where he was raised some time in Foshan. Eventually, they settled in Hong Kong where Bruce Lee would meet and train with Ye Wen, also known as Ip Man.
Bruce Lee went on to an amazing career through Kung Fu and movies and changed the perception of Chinese people around the world. His untimely death created the legend of Bruce Lee as he continues to be the most famously recognizable Chinese person in the world.
Hwang Fei Hong
Zumiao is like a shrine to the masters of the Martial Arts. The list of Kung Fu masters goes on. Hwang Fei Hong is widely considered one of the first Kung Fu masters to try his hand at media in the form of television and movies.
He was the most widely recognized Kung Fu master of his time until Bruce Lee started making worldwide blockbuster movies. Tremendous parts of the Kung Fu Hall are dedicated to Hwang Fei Hong and his contributions to the world of Kung Fu.
Another of the famous world wide celebrity Kung Fu artists, is the incomparable Jackie Chan. Although he is not a son of Foshan, there is no denying his contributions to the world of martial arts and Kung Fu.
A true master in his own right, and a tremendous movie star both at home and abroad. His comedic fight sequences, exaggerated reactions, and insanely dangerous stunts have endeared Jackie Chan to legions of followers around the world.
Widely recognized as the ultimate stunt actor, Jackie Chan has broken just about every bone there is to break in the human body, and he has not showed signs of slowing down in his later years.
He is a spokesperson for a variety of products, a standard emoji icon, and a movie star with some singing skills, and a role model, because this man can do it all.
City of Kung Fu
Foshan has been named “the city of Chinese Martial Arts” and it carries the name proudly.
With 52 types of boxing in Foshan, including Cai Li Fo Quan (boxing), Hong Quan (boxing) and Wing Chun Quan, Foshan is the Mecca of Martial Arts, as well as the Madison Square Garden of Kung Fu.
For these obvious reasons and many others, Foshan hosts the Lingnan Martial Arts culture research center of the National Academy of Martial Arts. Kung Fu tourism is a major selling point for Foshan tourists.
For people from around the world that know nothing of Kung Fu, Foshan is a treasure trove of experience, information, knowledge and most definitely souvenirs.
When the opening of Kung Fu Town is official, the tourists will descend back upon Foshan. The Kung Fu themed television shows and movies also lend excitement and recognition to the birthplace of Kung Fu.
It is a great blessing to have Kung Fu masters in Foshan today, that continue to share the wisdom and the virtues associated with the Martial Arts.
For example, Ye Zhun is the son of Ye Wen, and he is the honorary chairman of the World Wing Chun Federation for Wing Chun disciples all over the world. In recent years, he was offered a consultant fee to oversee and consult on the Ip Man movies based on his father.
In true Martial Artist fashion, he turned around and donated all of his earnings towards the development of his hometown of Shishan, the birthplace of Ye Wen’s Wing Chun here in Foshan.
For those with slightly more refined tastes, Foshan has more than its share of temples and museums dedicated to many local cultural aspects of Foshan. There is always the ancestral temple to visit in most cities and even villages, but Foshan has truly maintained its cultural relics in well-kept temples, with incredibly interesting things to see and do.
Foshan’s Zumiao Temple includes thousands of relics, artifacts, and artwork that reach back to the ancient days of so many emperors. Foshan really appreciates its Cantonese culture and holds on to its past, even as it races head-first with eyes open, towards it’s blindingly bright future.
The teachings of Confucius are revealed through his relics and art works dedicated to him. The love of Kung Fu is felt through the many statues and pictures dedicated to it’s heroes of days long gone.
The weapons they used are hanging on the walls of the Martial Arts schools they built. The Lion Dancers continue to show off their incredible precision and acrobatic skills, as the drum beat leads their bodies through the incredible acts they have honed and perfected for so long.
Foshan’s Zumiao Temple is most definitely a place worthy of visiting, whether you plan to live here for a year or happen to pass through for a day.
Foshan is Cantonese
The culture and history of Foshan are tightly wrapped up in its language. Not necessarily Mandarin Chinese, but Cantonese. The Guangdong province has always had the Cantonese language, and it goes hand in hand with Foshan.
Everyone of course speaks Mandarin Chinese in China, but that did not stop about 100 other languages from continuing to be used throughout China. Mandarin was used to simplify communication throughout the empire, and it continues to this day as its official language. In Guangdong, the southerners speak Cantonese, and the difference in tones and accents in dialects can be distinctly picked up by foreign ears after some immersion into daily Foshan life.
Cantonese is a beautiful melodic language accentuated by its many tones and natural as well as unnatural sounds. The ability to pick out tones in any language is quite a feat, but picking out the different tones between Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese is bordering on extraordinary no matter where you are and where you are from.
Luckily, the blend of Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese seems to be quite manageable in the South, and Foshan is right in the middle of it.
Culture and Language
Foshan enjoys its very own unique culture and language. Foshan does not struggle with its use of Mandarin, and it certainly does not struggle with keeping its roots firmly in Cantonese soil.
Walking through Foshan is just a blaring cacophony of Cantonese and Mandarin from all sides. Perhaps Cantonese is more of a home language anyway in some families, due to heritage and cultural pride, but rest assured the Foshan population will continue to grow and succeed with both languages in mind.
Perhaps it is much too difficult to learn four tones in Mandarin, but then learning six to nine tones in Cantonese might prove much more difficult.
In the end, when you learn the original six tones, along with a few simple words, you will most definitely feel a difference in the way you speak, and the way people will react to you when you speak Cantonese as opposed to Mandarin.
It is a natural reaction, a surprised reaction, but a positive reaction nonetheless.
The city of Foshan is located in the tremendously hot and humid southern province of Guangdong. Foshan is covered with rivers, which makes it quite a unique and scenic city.
Foshan is home all kinds of geographic features that include wetlands, mountains and waterways of all shapes and sizes.
Foshan is quite definitively a Summer City. Not because that is the only great time to visit the city, but because the seemingly hot and humid weather seems to last nine months out of the year.
The Autumn season is quite mild and short-lived, only to give way to an incredibly brutal Winter every year. The humidity and the cold weather really can hurt you, but thankfully the winter comes and goes quite quickly.
Regardless of the weather, the Foshan people will begin wearing warm clothes in late summer because they feel the winter coming. The rainy season is mainly from April to September, but the weather is not constant.
There really is no way to explain the weather, so visitors must be prepared for it all on any given day. Summer in May and June will be a generally very rainy time in Foshan.
Always be prepared for Foshan weather
Just when you think you have survived the hottest part of the long summer, cyclones rear their ugly heads through October in the midst of impressive thunderstorms.
Visitors may be confused by this and all the umbrellas on bright sunny days, but the people know that Foshan weather is devious and can change in an instant. Besides, they are more concerned with their skin, and the umbrellas are used to protect themselves for the burning sunshine more often than the day to day showers.
One moment, the sunshine is pouring into your bedroom window, and minutes later you walk downstairs and step outside into a torrential downpour. Running up to get an umbrella is the sensible thing to do, only to find the storm is over by the time you run back outside again.
Although the weather can be quite confusing at times, you can rest assured it will always be hot and humid regardless of the season, except for that one short month of Winter.
Foshan is also preoccupied with the beauty on the inside. Health is such a pure goal to pursue, and the people of Foshan constantly work towards that goal.
Every morning, thousands upon thousands of middle-aged to elderly residents of Foshan will wake up early to practice their Tai Chi. A gradual consistent set of moves from a Martial art style that looks more like art or even poetry in motion.
These practitioners will clap their hands, walk backwards, and assume rigid fixed positions in the cooler early morning hours of the day. They will then attend to the rest of their duties throughout the day, which in most cases might include the baby-sitting of grandchildren.
Their pursuit of health does not stop there, as the elderly crew will once again work their way outside for even more exercise in the cool evening breeze. Although most of the men will continue their exercises or opt for a brisk walk around the park, most of the women will join Dancing Ayi (auntie) crews at just about any park or mall in Foshan.
The Dancing Ayis will take their dance crew seriously as they struggle to keep up with the better dancers in hot humid evenings. The pop songs or traditional Ayi dance melodies will blare out from small speakers just loud enough to drown out any surrounding Ayi Dance crews and their tiny music speakers.
These dance crews battle the heat almost every evening in hopes that their crew will one day compete to win the Ayi Championship of their community, their district, or one day even all of Foshan. This is a serious endeavor for these ladies, a long hard fought journey, and only the strong survive.
It does not look as vicious as it sounds, and it is still a beautiful way to spend a relaxing hour or two at the park. With the original premise of health in mind, its nice to see the older generation try and keep their health up to par.
Foshan and Traditional Medicine
But sometimes, the health is not about competition and exercise. Sometimes its all about medical treatments that correct or alleviate certain problems in the human body.
In cases such as these, traditional Chinese medicine is the way to go, especially in Foshan. Chinese doctors have passed down their knowledge for thousands of years, and Foshan has not been shy about accumulating and even sharing this knowledge over the years.
Foshan has been practicing traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. There is a use for every plant, there is a medicine from every herb, and there’s some sort of health-related advantage to the use of every spice or vegetable.
There is not much you can do about the incredibly horrible tastes, but you cannot deny the results when it comes to traditional Chinese medicine.
Some medicines look and feel and taste like the very disease or illness you feel inside. Others look harmless enough, until the smell reaches your nose, or the flavor attacks your tongue.
Simply speaking, Chinese traditional medicine is not worried about aesthetics or taste. Traditional medications only serve to alleviate the pain, or rid the body of any illness or disease.
Anything outside of those parameters may just as likely be looked at as a waste of time better served in the research or preparation of more medicine for the people who need it.
Traditional Chinese medicine is based on a long history of doctors who pass on their knowledge to the next generation. These same doctors will in turn do their own research and learn about new medical treatments.
In the end, they pass on the old and the new knowledge to their students, and the world is all the better for it. But I have one word of advice for the honorable men and women in this noblest of profession.
Could we possibly work on the tastes, textures and flavors a bit?
Traditional Chinese Medical Treatments You Must See To Believe!
Hot Fire Cups
Glass jars are generally lit on fire from the inside, and placed on your bare back. The fire eats away at the oxygen within seconds, and begins to suck your skin into the glass.
It is a mild pinching feeling that holds your skin in place, as many more cups are strategically spread from your neck to your waist.
When all the cups are on your back for a few minutes, they are then popped off one at a time. The feeling of your skin and blood being allowed to move freely is quite invigorating.
The heat is somehow drying out that extra dampness in your body, and gets your blood flowing throughout.
The bruising might stay with you for a few days, but then you will happen to look like you favorite athlete who is most likely doing these same procedures as well from time to time. It is no longer just a Chinese traditional treatment, but a widely accepted treatment around the world.
There are many other aspects of traditional Chinese medicine. For example, Foshan has long been an avid user of acupuncture. The sole thought of puncturing the skin with long sharp needles may send shivers up the spine of the average person.
But, traditional Chinese doctors have been alleviating aches and pains for thousands of years by manipulating the nerves and muscles under our skin. They introduce needles into the body and apply heat that transfers into the body through the needle and not just the skin.
The warm and tingling sensation spreads through the affected area in a moment of pure relaxation. Perhaps an old sports injury has been hampering your daily life.
Electric Shock Therapy
In cases such as these, electric shock therapy combined with acupuncture needles to the affected areas may actually wake up the body and get some blood pumping.
The traditional Chines style of medicine relies heavily on their concepts of energy and its flow throughout the body. When one body part is not receiving its fair share of energy and blood, it may begin to send out pain signals to let you know there is a problem.
An uncomfortable look at someone after a scraping may scare you away from trying it.
It does look painfully horrible, but it does not seem to be half as bad as it looks. The scraping tends to get your blood moving and rubs out aches and pains all throughout. Definitely worth a try in Foshan.
The traditional Chinese style of medicine also concentrates a lot of its work in the belief of balance. It is a sort of Yin and Yang approach that dictates everything must be kept in balance to its opposites.
There is an idea of hot and cold or wet and dry forces in the body that regulate you at all times. A simple imbalance of any of these factors could lead to unhealthy situations and even more serious complications in the future.
Eating fried foods, drinking alcohol, and eating certain fruits can lead to different states of health revolving around too much heat or dampness in the body.
It may not correlate with Western medicine around the world, but feeling unhealthy is a world-wide problem that we must all face, and Foshan has definitely been treating such imbalances in the body long enough to know what works well and what used to be superstitious myths.
Hopefully by then, anyone would know enough to try a full back body scraping, or the amazingly relaxing Hot Fire cups.
If you are more than just a little apprehensive about fire and needles near your body, there are massage techniques that are designed to help with pain or just promote relaxation.
5 Best Massages in Foshan
Sawatdeeka Thai SPA (Uni Mall Branch)
Cai Li Fo Hongshengtang (Tonghua Branch)
Huaxing Blind Massage
Ai Zuntang Blind Massage (Jiangqiao Branch)
Massages in Foshan
Foshan, much like the rest of China, employs an army of masseuses that are on call and ready to help you. A long week hunched over the computer to beat a deadline, can be instantly dissipated as this lady kneads you like a lump of tough pizza dough.
The oldest ladies to work in this field, are responsible for the strongest massages and handshakes you could ever imagine. Just a word of advice, if you are not the strongest of people, please learn to say slowly or lightly before they get their hands on you.
Other than that, a nice stiff strong massage will melt your world of problems away in minutes. Traditional Chinese medical massages will solve any problems dealing with pain and blood flow.
The other type of massage available is a from a hotel, but hotel massages are slightly different in the way they approach a massage. First of all, there is a whole floor in almost every hotel that is solely dedicated to massages.
The old ladies are gone, but there is a squad of beautiful young ladies that will massage you in a much lighter fashion. This is just a luxury service for tourists and hotel guests. It is also just a luxury service for anyone off the street that walks in and wants to relax.
This will not increase blood flow to your sore badminton shoulder, and it may not help with an ankle sprain. But it will relax your head, your neck, and your back.
It may not be a professional medical massage, but you will feel much better afterwards, as if you just woke up from a nap on the grass.
Sawatdeeka SPA (Uni Mall Branch)
Average ￥228 per person
Address: B25, 1st Floor, Zhonghai Huanyu City, Guilan Middle Road, Nanhai District (Exit B of Leigang Station)
Business hours: Monday to Sunday 12:00-24:00
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Please make an appointment first before going.
Qingtai Massage & Thai SPA
Average ￥168 per person
Address: 8th Floor, Block A, No. 111 Jianxin Road, Chancheng District
Business hours: Monday to Sunday 12:00-24:00
Massagists from Thailand.
Thai Spa Whitening Body Oil Soothing + Shoulder and Neck Correction Treatment
Thai Herbal Cream Dehumidification, Cooling + Thai Ancient Method
If you want to add to your Foshan exploration, Zhongshan Park is definitely a scenic spot worth seeing. Located alongside the river, Zhongshan Park is a beautiful flower-filled park, that includes a small lake/pond, a small zoo, and the most beautiful flowers Foshan has to offer.
If the natural settings are more your style, there are plenty of hiking trails and scenic locations all over the Shunde district for example.
From wonderful waterfalls to small mountains surrounded by lush forests. The wonders of Shunde will never cease to amaze the casual visitor or even the seasoned world hiker.
Foshan: Eco-tourism and Scenic Leisure Locations and Wetlands
If you are looking for a prairie, Foshan can provide those as well. Foshan is famous for its Eco-tourism and scenic leisure locations. You may want to hike through a forest such as the following 13 scenic spots.
Others may want to bask in a sea of flowers much like Wenhua – Yayi Park. Even walking down the streets of Foshan, you may notice amazing flowers that are planted all over Chancheng.
Foshan also has amazing wetlands such as Banyue Island Wetland Park, Dongping River Shiwan Wetland Park. Foshan has been working on a green Foshan initiative that keeps every district beautiful and plans for an even more beautiful future.
There will always be plenty to see in Foshan. As long as there are beautiful sights and things to do, Foshan will continue to promote tourism.
Foshan will continue to restore and upkeep its original beauty in hopes of maintaining a flow of tourism that will benefit the people of Foshan.
People from all over the world will flock to these beautiful original places, so Foshan will always be a comfortable and beautiful place to live in and visit while in Guangdong.
Foshan is such a centralized city when it comes to Guangdong province. Its amazing to think of its surroundings and not have expected to become a mega-city on its own even sooner.
First of all, Guangzhou is right next door and easily accessible. Subways and trains in and out of Guangzhou and Foshan make the pair virtually intertwined and inseparable.
The trains of all kinds and speeds can readily connect any traveller with any major city in Guangdong and neighboring provinces as well.
With such an amazing expanse of land making up Foshan, it is necessary to have all of these areas inter-connected no matter what the distance.
Foshan has that covered, as it can employ so many different ways to travel from one side of Foshan to the other. Planes trains and automobiles are only the tip of the iceberg when it come to the Foshan transportation web.
Foshan Subway System
First of all, we would be remiss to mention the Foshan subway system. Although still in its infancy, the Foshan metro system is made up one line, the Guangfo line, that connects Nanhai to Chancheng and Chancheng to Guangzhou.
It certainly does not compare to the subway system in Guangzhou with close to a dozen lines. This is still nothing worth disregarding as the Foshan system is planning many more lines to connect all the districts of Foshan to all the surrounding areas in the region.
Some of these extensions are complete, while so many others are being worked on around the clock as you are reading this very article. Even many more are being planned for the near future as well.
Eventually, Foshan will be the center of a spiderweb of transportation that will reach out in all directions and further strengthen Foshan’s reach into the rest of the world beyond Guangdong, and beyond China itself. But, that is not all.
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Foshan Bus System
The Foshan Bus system is a huge spiderweb of travel lines that cross and intersect at hundreds of thousands of points all throughout the districts.
Thousands of buses are running throughout Foshan at any given moment of the day or night. Weekdays and weekends are no different as the populace tends to use public transportation each and every moment of each and every day without fail.
Buses runs their routes throughout a district or two, and are followed by sister buses running the same exact route at an average rate of less than every ten minutes.
But, the buses are not just limited to Foshan as there are also inter-city and inter-province buses that will take you to any spot in Southern China.
With Guangzhou being the biggest neighbor, hundreds of buses spend all day and night carrying workers and visitors to and from work in any part of Guangzhou, from any point in Foshan.
These buses are not daily buses either, they are scheduled to leave to and from Foshan at intervals of time as small as 30 minutes to an hour. In other words, there is no place a Foshan bus cannot take you at almost any time of the day or night.
This is an extremely effective transportation system that takes the lifeblood, the people of Foshan, to work and home daily, quite quickly, and most effectively.
Foshan Railway Station in Chancheng District
New Foshan West Railway Station in Shiwan
With so many large cities surrounding Foshan, sometimes the thought of climbing onto a long-range crowded bus can be quite an undertaking. For situations such as these, Foshan is also home to several lines of different train systems.
Foshan now uses the fast train as well as the normal train. The Foshan high speed rail system will take Foshan people to and from many cities from all over China.
There are lines that will take Foshan people to Shenzhen, as well as lines that will connect to Guangzhou and take them to Beijing even.
An ancient trip that took days, weeks, or months, can now be done in the comfort of a quiet high-speed train in a matter of hours. The advancement of Foshan’s train system is astounding to say the least, and there is no end in sight to the future expansions and extensions planned for Foshan.
If Foshan is one or two stops away from connecting to any major line to any major city in China, it is only a matter of time before Chinese Train systems come close to connecting to international travel systems in other surround countries.
Even if there is a major headache from working on a system that fully integrates other countries and their systems to the Chinese system, there most likely will be loosely connecting stations at borders to facilitate this sort of travel.
One thing is for sure, there is no stopping the expansion of these systems throughout China, and Foshan will become an integral part of the southern system in the many years to come.
The Foshan Transportation initiative is made possible in part by the addition of 16 new highways all throughout Foshan. With each highway coming in expected to be hundreds of kilometers long, Foshan will definitely expand its reach in all directions.
Most of these highways will run through Foshan while connecting two or three other major cities and places of interest. Guangzhou will now be directly connected to nature escapes like Qingyuan.
Foshan will now be on the way to places such as Jiangxi and scenic Huizhou. All the surrounding provinces will now be connected to Foshan along these highways, while connecting big cities and smaller cities with other provinces.
The possibilities for transportation and commerce are multiplying exponentially. Not to mention the two new gigantic beltways that will connect every single major city in Guangdong as well as Foshan to each other.
The new beltways will connect Shenzhen, Dongguan, Guangzhou, Foshan, Zhaoqing, Jiangmen, Zhongshan, and Zhuhai, as well as the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao Bridge area with thousands of kilometers of highways.
This expansion will also one day connect Foshan to Huizhou and its own airport. The future of Foshan is now brighter than ever.
Ten years later, Foshan is still the standard blueprint for inter-city travel. One hour on a metro will get you clear across the city and into the heart of Guangzhou.
The original Guangfo line, has two more metro lines coming soon, as well as extensions to each and every one of these lines in the near future and some even as early as 2021. That is just within the city, not to mention the connections to the outside.
New Foshan Highway List
Highway No. 1: from Tianhe, Guangzhou to Lianzhou, Qingyuan
(boundary between Guangdong and Hunan), about 277
Highway No. 2: from Baiyun,Guangzhou to Lechang, Shaoguan
(boundary between Guangdong and Hunan), about 305 km long.
Highway No. 3: from Huangpu, Guangzhou to Lianping, Heyuan
(boundarybetween Guangdong and Jiangxi), about 256 kilometers long.
Highway No. 4: from Tianhe, Guangzhou to Boluo, Huizhou,
about 146kilometers long.
Highway No. 5: from Nansha, Guangzhou to Longchuan, Heyuan,
about 353 kilometers long.
Highway No. 6: from Huangpu, Guangzhou to Nanshan, Shenzhen,
about 97 kilometers long.
Highway No. 7: from Haizhu, Guangzhou to Nansha Port,
about 65 kilometers long.
Highway No. 8: from Liwan, Guangzhou to Hengqin, Zhuhai,
about 120kilometers long.
Highway No. 9: from Shunde, Foshan to Xiangzhou, Zhuhai,
about 107 kilometers long.
Highway No. 10: from Baiyun, Guangzhou to Jiangcheng, Yangjiang,
about 181 kilometers long.
Highway No. 11: from Panyu, Guangzhou to Hengqin, Zhuhai,
about 229 kilometers long.
Highway No. 12: from Panyu, Guangzhou to Gaoming, Foshan,
about 119 kilometers long.
Highway No. 13:from Liwan, Guangzhou to Gaozhou, Maoming
(boundary between Guangdong and Guizhou), about 294 kilometers long.
Highway No. 14: from Huangpu, Guangzhou to Fengkai, Zhaoqing
(boundarybetween Guangdong and Guijie), about 208 kilometers long.
Highway No. 15: from Liwan, Guangzhou to Huaiji, Zhaoqing
(boundary between Guangdong and Guangxi), about 208 km long.
Highway No. 16: from Baiyun, Guangzhou to Lianzhou, Qingyuan
(boundary between Guangdong and Hunan), about 290 kilometers long.
Foshan Shadi Airport:
In search of connections to the outside, you must also look into the Foshan Shadi Airport which is located in the northwest of Foshan.
Foshan Shadi Airport provides regular flights between Beijing Nanyuan Airport, and Pudong, Shanghai. Later flight additions included routes from Foshan to Ordos, Yulin, Haikou and Chongqing as well.
Foshan has access to every form of travel at its reach. From local transportation, to international travel, Foshan is always one step away from access to all types of travel purposes.
Although Foshan Airport is not exactly a world-wide international service provider, it is definitely within reach of one of the largest airports in the world in the form of the Guangzhou International Airport (CAN: short for Canton).
Guangzhou has its tremendous Guangzhou International Airport, that connects Foshan to the world after just a short bus, car, or subway train ride.
Before long, Foshan will be connecting short range international flights. Until that happens, Guangzhou will provide almost all of the international travel needs for Foshan.
Foshan Shadi Airport:
Weekly Available Flights:
Beijing Nanyuan Airport
Shanghai Pudong Airport
Ordos, Inner Mongolia
Foshan Neighboring Cities
Even before these long-range trips become the norm, there are perfect opportunities to explore Foshan and Guangdong province.
Foshan is surrounded by so many large and beautiful cities, it would be a shame to disregard what they have to offer as well.
6 Cities surrounding Foshan
Guangzhou 12 million+
Shenzhen 10 million+
Dongguan 8 million+
Hong Kong 7 million+
Zhongshan 3 million+
The lovely city of Zhongshan is a short train ride away, where you can find yourself relaxing in some amazing hot springs in the hills around the city.
Zhongshan has been quietly growing near Foshan, and has burst onto the scene as an up and coming power player in Guangdong Province.
With its steady influx of factories and businesses, Zhongshan is set to step out into its own deserved spotlight soon enough.
Dongguan is a sprawling city full of entertainment and culture, and it is also a very short bus or train ride away.
Dongguan is a metropolis that has grown to accommodate a large business-oriented population among its impressive number of local businesses and franchises.
The scenic drive through forests/jungles leads to impressive shopping small cities, that in turn lead to other small city like residential districts and business centers.
You could also take trains to the beautiful coastal cities of Yangjiang or Zhangjiang, among countless others, for delicious seafood and breath-taking views of the South China Sea.
If you are willing to venture out even farther to some bigger cities, Foshan is a perfect jumping off point.
Shenzhen is the new technological hub of China, much like the Silicon Valley of Guangdong. Shenzhen is growing rapidly and its technological endeavors and advancements have attracted the eyes and attention of the world, as a major power player for China.
Better yet, a Foshan to Shenzhen bullet train is now available, and makes the trip so much easier than ever before.
Buses are still readily available, but if time is of the essence, the High Speed train will shoot you their comfortable in less than an hour.
The Venetian has the largest Casino floor in the world.
City of Dreams is Stylish and expensive.
Sands Casino was the first Casino in Macao.
Wynn Macao is smaller but beautiful and more expensive.
Grand Lisboa was in place before Las Vegas Casinos came to Macao.
But, if we are to discuss connectivity to the big cities, we cannot forget to mention Macao. Buses, boats, and trains head out to and from Foshan all day long.
In Macao, you have the scenic gambling paradise of southern China. This old Portuguese colonial outpost still retains a lot of the culture and architecture of its former tenants.
The food of Macao is a tantalizing mix of Chinese and European that will most definitely turn some heads, and kick-start some appetites.
Besides the tallest structure for bungee jumps in the world in the form of Macao tower, Macao is also home to some Portuguese colonial era ruins that will thoroughly impress you for the better part of a day.
Perhaps a savvy local driver will offer you a trip around the islands, and you will get to know the real Macao. When the touristy ride is done, you must settle down to enjoy a Portuguese feast like no other.
Enjoy a taste of something different and prepare for a glorious night out on the town. Macao is made up of casinos that light up the night sky.
Some major world-renowned casino conglomerates have set up franchise casinos in Macao, and business seems to be doing well. This Las Vegas of the East lives up to its name through the glitz and the glamour. That is why tourists flock to this gamblers oasis from all over the world.
Although it can be very different from the loud party atmosphere of a Vegas casino, the high rollers also bet and lose humongous amounts of cash with a flick of the wrist and the luck of a single playing card.
Even when you lose an enormous amount of cash, you can still revel in the fun that only a great night in Macao can offer.
Hong Kong is by far the biggest attraction in southern China and Foshan is not far way from it at all. That is a huge advantage for foreigners with visa runs, business people with international interests, and just about anyone that is interested in Asia’s most exciting place.
Hong Kong is arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world, regardless of the fact that it is terribly over-crowded. That will not stop the thousands upon thousands of daily tourists that tend to pour in by land, air, and sea.
Foshan is perfectly connected to Hong Kong through so many forms of transportation. Although it is too close to fly from Foshan Airport to Hong Kong, there are other options available to the masses.
The Foshan train system will surprisingly take you from Foshan to the border of Hong Kong within approximately two hours. The High Speed train will get you there even sooner.
With two train stations in Foshan, you are more than likely close enough to either one to make for an easy short trip both ways as opposed to taking a bus.
Although the bus will make for a longer trip, its is not bad considering the price you pay for that scenic three to four hour ride. Last but not least, boats are also an option for Foshan.
The Foshan river system feeds directly into the Pearl River Delta and reaches Hong Kong. This is definitely a fun and scenic ride from the Port of Shunde, that will take you directly into the heart of Hong Kong.
Foshan is Connected:
The transportation system of any city is the backbone of its success. It will promote business and the flow of people and money from place to place.
There are no stagnant spots in Foshan, and its all due to its enormous transportation overhaul and improvement program.
Foshan has consistently approved the construction and improvement of transportation from facilities to the very roads and pavements. This will undoubtedly promote economic development and spur further economic growth and success.
Foshan is Growing
Foshan is an exciting place to visit, with many more things to see and do each and every
day. Foshan is growing at such an astounding rate, that visitors and even some residents are having trouble finding their way around at times.
The landscape and skyline are changing so often, that some buildings seem to surprisingly pop up overnight. Any travel outside of town is quite often met with shock upon one’s return.
All of a sudden a weekend away will allow you to realize there are new buildings in town that you may have never even noticed before you left. Foshan is definitely an amazing place that is growing at a break-neck pace that is unheard of in most places around the world.
All of a sudden, new shopping ,malls are being built and surrounded by thousands of available rooms in towering buildings that block out the sun. With these shopping centers in place, many new types of niche businesses are popping up.
Foshan is not a sleepy town anymore, as its past history dictates, but a thriving hotbed of business and entertainment.
We have VR, Escape rooms, smaller niche bars, Internet gaming locations, and 4D movie theaters seem to be popping up all over Foshan, and they all seem to thrive in their own environments with targeted loyal clientele that keep these places in business.
Larger night clubs, go-kart racetracks, paintball warehouses, archery lanes, trampoline parks, and many other physical entertainment locations are keeping the Foshan people entertained and even physically active in some cases.
That is what Foshan has to offer. There is a feeling that is nestled deep inside of you when you are in Foshan. Its a soft feeling of safety and warmth that exudes from every inch of Foshan and into your heart.
A healthy feeling that excites you when you breathe in the fresh air of Sanshui, or eat the delicious food from Shunde, or even see the sights in Chancheng. It is all around us anywhere we go.
Foshan is a model city, a clear window into the future of China. The future is coming and that future now looks brighter than ever.