The city of Foshan, which is 30km southwest of Guangzhou, is famous as the hometown of ceramic art, martial arts, and Cantonese opera.
The history of Foshan dates back to the 7th century. The oldest monument is the Ancestral Temple, founded around 1080. During the Qing Dynasty, Foshan experienced enormous development in Chinese foreign trade.
Today, after Guangzhou and Shenzhen, Foshan is the 3rd national producer of textiles, ceramics, household appliances, and electronic products.
The temple of the ancestors
Built between 1079 and 1085, it is one of the most beautiful temples in the region and contains the largest number of words, with an obvious influence from the Lingnan culture.
The temple is decorated with abundant earthen, wood, and stone carvings that illustrate stories from local folklore. The compound includes the main temple, the Confucius Temple, and two memorials dedicated to kung fu masters Wong Fei-hung and Yip Man.
If you are there, it is recommended not to miss the Kung Fu and Lion Dance Show that perform at 10h00 or 15h00 every day in the temple that enchants young and old.
Chinese Name: 梁园
Location: In Foshan downtown
Opening hours: 08h30-17h00
Ticket: 10 RMB/person
Recommended time of visit: 2 hours
The Liang Garden is a typical model of Qing dynasty gardens in southern China and is also known as one of the four most famous gardens in Guangdong Province.
It is a traditional private garden that belonged to the Liang family, wealthy residents of Foshan, and was built over a period of forty years in the first half of the 19th century by two generations of Liang: uncles and nephews.
On the visit, do not miss its four sets of the most famous architectural structures: “the twelve-rock room”, “the room of cold scents”, “the starry cottage” and “the Fenjiang cottage”.
The courtyards of Liang Garden offer a good glimpse of oriental gardens, and the buildings also present an excellent example of traditional Cantonese townhouses. It is a beautiful oasis of calm and peace in the middle of bustling Foshan.
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