Foshan (佛山 Fóshān) is an industrial city near Guangzhou.
There is a train station in Foshan.
There are coaches that arrive in Foshan from Guangzhou every fifteen minutes. It takes approximately one hour to get there from Guangzhou. It will cost approximately ¥10-20.
Since Foshan is a very dense and industrial city with very few foreign tourists, getting around can be a challenge. Fortunately, the main part of the city has many shopping centers, stores, attractions and restaurants within a 20 minute walk. However, if you are not familiar with the area the best way to get around the city would be by taxi. Driving a car or riding a motorcycle is not recommended unless you are used to the hectic traffic typical in dense Chinese cities. See Driving in China for details.
This is the most convenient way to get around Foshan since they can be found all over. However, most taxis are filled during rush hour or when it is raining meaning you will have to wait a while to find one available. The fares are very inexpensive by Western standards, it starts at ¥7 for the first 2.6 kilometers and increases by ¥1 increments as you go farther. Drivers are supposed to add a ¥1 fuel surcharge to the fare displayed on the meter, but some may forget to do this. Most drivers speak Cantonese, though some only speak Mandarin (but they can usually understand Cantonese). It is very rare to find a taxi driver who can speak or even understand English so it is best to have your destination written or printed out in Chinese characters if you cannot speak Chinese.
The public bus system is the most inexpensive way to get around the city, the fare is only ¥2 (make sure you have exact change). Most of the busses are modern and air conditioned. However, the bus system is only recommended if you are familiar with the routes and the city or if you know which bus to take and which stop to get off. Most people will not know any English so you will have trouble finding directions if you get lost and cannot speak Chinese.
- Zumiao Temple
- Liangyuan Park Formerly the residence of the Liang clan, the park is actually a large garden housing a number of traditional Chinese-style buildings. Well worth a visit.
- Zhongshan Park 中山公园; Zhōngshāngōngyuán Along Fenjiang River Offers nine specific scenic areas and family entertainment facilities.
- Taoci Town 陶瓷城; Táocíchéng A small village with a long tradition of pottery making. An excellent place to find some pieces of traditional-style Chinese porcelain.
- Leigang Park In the center of Nanhai The park hosts children's attractions and a large lake.
- Lotus World 荷花世界; Héhuāshìjiè The largest lotus ecological park in the world.
- Renshou Temple Zumiao Road Founded in 1925. The temple originally belonged to the Vajrayana school, but later was converted into a Chan (Zen) temple. Houses a an exotic pagoda, and is an interesting mix of colorful Vajaryana icons and simple Chan aesthetics.
- Shiwan's Nanfeng Ancient Furnace Founded during Zhengde period of Ming Dynasty(1506-1521). A reminder of Foshan's once great porcelain industry.
Baihua Square is one of the tall buildings in Foshan and has a great shopping mall with restaurants offering Japanese and continental cuisine. It is near Foshan Hotel and Zumiao temple.
The bar areas are scattered in different locations in Foshan. The most famous chill out area is near Jihua Garden called Bar Street (Jiubajie).
A couple of decent clubs include
- Mini Club
- Rave Party
Swissotel Foshan 1 Chengmentou West Road, Chancheng +86 757 82362888 http://www.swissotel.com/foshan Tallest building, first international hotel in Foshan. Restaurants and bars.
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