As the saying goes, to see is to believe. Of course, people can get to know a city by watching the news on TV or newspaper or search it on the Internet.
But what would be a better way to understand a city than physically being in it?
Tourism is a good way for a city to introduce itself to the world. Chancheng District, as the political, financial, cultural, transportation and information centre of Foshan, how well is Chancheng doing in tourism?
In Chancheng, you can feel the charm of Lingnan culture in the Ancestral Temple Museum, experience the fun of pottery making in the Ancient Nanfeng Kiln, enjoy the beauty of Lingnan gardens in Liang Yuan, hang out in the old-style streets of Lingnan Tiandi, or enjoy the breath in the city’s “forest” in the Luonan Ecological Park
Chancheng Governments Tourism Goals
In recent years, Chancheng has insisted on planning and promoting the creation of a comprehensive all-for-one tourism demonstration zone in Guangdong Province and improving the quality of urban functions.
Focusing on the three themes of building an area of kindness, innovation centre and happy home, it has increased investment in upgrading traditional attractions, exploring new tourism resources, upgrading tourism experience and shaping the city of Lingnan culture.
The all-for-one tourism is a new term that is trending lately.
It means to make the whole city as one large place of interest.
The principle of it is to allow people to enjoy what they see wherever they go.
It not only allows tourists to enjoy the beautiful scenery in the closed attraction area but also to enjoy life in the open urban space.
At present, Chancheng has formed a four-dimensional integrated panoramic landscape of traditional places of interest, historical and cultural blocks, industrial spots, and eco-tourism and leisure scenic spots.
Many tourists who come to Foshan for the first time, the first place they will visit is the Ancestral Temple.
According to data, from May 1 to May 5, the Ancestral Temple received nearly 9000 tourists, almost reaching the visitor limit on each day. And during the five-day holiday, Chancheng received a total of 349,100 tourists.
In order to promote the all-for-one tourism, the major attractions are the main support. In recent years, Chancheng has continued to increase investment in the expansion of traditional places of interest.
In the past three years, 1.2 billion yuan have been invested in the Ancestral Temple, the Ancient Nanfeng Kiln, Liang Yuan for upgrade and reconstruction. The Ancestral Temple has newly built a Foshan Zumiao History and Culture Exhibition Hall. The Ancient Nanfeng Kiln has built a large-scale ceramic art research and tourism practice base, and Liang Yuan has invested more than 900 million yuan to improve the environment of the whole area.
Shiwan Town, China’s Ceramic Alley, led by the national 4A-level tourist spot the Ancient Nanfeng Kiln is trying to improve its tourism.
Through government guidance and social participation, a historical leisure block was built in order to get people “drunk” with happiness.
In the block, you can find Chen Taiji Winery, Han Tao Museum (Chinese Ceramic Museum), the century-old Baofeng Pagoda, Fengning Temple and Lianfeng Academy.
It has also introduced coffee shops, bookstores, digital film and television centre, fashion and art area and other leisure facilities. Therefore, the tourist volume of China’s Ceramic Alley has grown rapidly.
In 2019, the Ancient Nanfeng Kiln alone received 1.646 million tourists, which greatly improved tourism consumption.
While optimizing and digging deep into the potential of traditional tourist spots, Chancheng is also actively making increments, repairing a lot of historical and cultural blocks, and turning the blocks into attractions.
Lingnan Tiandi has become a place for the concentrated exhibition of Lingnan culture and cultural tourism. A large number of ancient Lingnan buildings have been preserved, and 22 cultural relics such as Jian’s Villa, the wedding house, the Confucius temple, Li Zhongsheng ancestral shop have been activated and utilized.
Ancestral Temple and Donghuali ancient architectural complex in the block are comprehensive tourist spots integrating culture, tourism, residence and commerce, with more than 1.8 million tourists each year.
In October last year, Guorui Shengping historical and cultural block opened. Eight ancient buildings, including Qionghua Hall, Shengping Hall, the former residence of Chen Huashun, the old Fenning Road, the old Qilou Street, a memorial archway of Zhong Yi Xiang, Lingnan Shuian commercial street and Ju An Li, were rebuilt in the block.
They are integrated into the characteristic commercial street design plan to provide citizens and tourists with new commercial forms and a good place for tourism and leisure.
Among the 65 provincial-level historical and cultural blocks announced by the Guangdong Provincial Government in May this year, a total of 20 historical and cultural blocks in Foshan were selected, including eight historical and cultural blocks in Chancheng District.
Pinzi Street, Liang Yuan, Lianhua Nan, Renwei, the Ancestral Temple – Donghuali, Xin’an Street, Ancient Nanfeng Kiln, Huo’s Grand Ancestral Hall are all on the list.
In the past two years, Chancheng has also invested more than 2 billion yuan to promote the construction of a museum city and turn venues into places of interest.
At the same time, the Guanshui Temple on the water, the Lianfeng Academy, the Guogong Temple renovation project, and the Baofeng Pagoda were rebuilt.
At present, the total number of museums (art galleries and memorial halls) in the region has increased from 29 in 2018 to 45, with an exhibition area of more than 50000 square meters.
Nowadays, the museums (exhibition halls) in Chancheng District have become the tourist hot spots, attracting many citizens and tourists to pay a visit.
In addition to the traditional tourist spots, in recent years, new attractions in Chancheng also appear frequently, such as Anthony Sightseeing Factory Store, Feng Lixing Medical House, Lingnan Wine Culture Museum, Heron Paradise of Green Island Lake, and the sound and light show of Wenhua Park.
Tourists visiting these attractions are not just watching, they can also walk into the traditional Chinese medicine house to experience the authentic massage of traditional Chinese medicine, go to the factory store DIY personalized clothing, and go boating on the lake at dusk to see the heron return home.
Would you believe me if I tell you manufacturing factories can be one of the tourist attractions? Well in Chancheng, we make it possible! Industrial tourism helps to promote industrial upgrading.
Industrial tourism products with relevant themes have been created according to industries such as ceramics, wine culture, knitting, and electro-optics.
Therefore, A series of industrial tourist attractions such as Chen Taiji Winery, Bolin Art Museum, Anthony Sightseeing Factory, Dongpeng Ceramic Museum, National Star Optoelectronic Experience Hall has been built, transforming the plant area into a tourist spot, and turn tourists into business tourists.
Beautiful countryside and villages are certainly a part of all-for-one tourism. Taking the creation of beautiful and civilized villages and ecological tourism in Lingnan water villages as a start.
Chancheng is promoting integration of urban and rural tourism. Over the past three years, 450 million yuan has been invested in the construction of rural tourism, benefiting 20 beautiful and civilized villages.
Zinan Village, Luonan Village, Nanzhuang Village, Longjin Village in Nanzhuang Town, Liantang Village, Dafu Village, Zhangcha Village, and Haikou Village in Zhangcha Region have all become good places for rural tourism.
For example, more than 300 million yuan has been invested in Zinan Village, which takes water culture as the foundation and leisure tourism as the expansion, to comprehensively improve the tourism environment.
Zinan Ecological Park, the Wetland Park, and the Art Center of Zinan Village have now become popular attractions.
These emerging attractions not only enrich the tourism routes of Chancheng but also show people the images of Chancheng in all aspects.
The combinations of industry and culture, history and modernity, and city and nature enable tourists to improve their tourism experience and better understand the industrial culture and ecological environment of Chancheng.
Eco-tourism and leisure scenic spots
Chancheng also understands the importance of ecological balance in city quality improvement. 116 ecological renovation projects have been implemented, with an additional green area of 4275 mu (Mu is a unit of land area in China.
One mu is equal to about 666.667 square meters). In 2019 alone, 610 million yuan was invested to build the Wang Jiegang Forest Park, the sea of flowers Wenhua – Yayi Park, and flowers were planted at important nodes such as Lingnan Avenue and Wenhua Road, making Chancheng an ocean of flowers.
In Lingnan Avenue, Jihua Road, Zhongshan Park, Yayi Park and other important roads and park green space, you can see a hundred kinds of flowers, and enjoy the beauty of plants.
In addition to Wang Jiegang Forest Park, Zhouweiwei, Banyue Island Wetland Park, Dongping River Shiwan Wetland Park, Lvdao Lake Wetland Park, and Dawugang Forest Park are all major new greening increments.
These large-scale parks have also become an important support for the greening of the whole district.
They form the framework of the city’s green system with mature parks such as Zhongshan Park and Yayi park.
All for one tourism
Promoting all-for-one tourism is not to build scenic spots and hotels everywhere.
On the contrary, global tourism pays more attention to the systematic construction of scenic spots and hotels and the rationality of planning and layout.
All-for-one tourism is an active and effective protection development mode. It emphasizes that the development of tourism is compatible with the carrying capacity of resources and environment.
Through the overall optimization of tourism resources, infrastructure and tourism functions, the carrying pressure of core scenic spots should be better relieved and reduced, the core resources and ecological environment should be better protected.
After working on all-for-one tourism, I’m sure Chancheng will be more beautiful in the near future.