The quality of life enjoyed in many of China’s second-tier cities is underrated. While the focus has always been on big-business and investment opportunities, Foshan has far more to offer in the way of comfort. Transitioning from overseas to China can be tough, but in Foshan, a vastly diverse international community and living environment makes adaptation easier for most foreign residents in the city.
- A rich cultural atmosphere and the beautiful ecological environment makes Foshan quite unique. As one of the four ancient towns in China, Foshan is a historical as well as cultural center.
- The city is known as the hometown of ceramics, opera, martial arts, Cantonese cuisine, lion dancing, and the cradle of folk arts in the Pearl River Delta, there are more than 67 tourism attractions open to public, including scenic spots, historical culture, leisure, martial arts, industrial tourism, food culture, and famous temples.
Foshan is a place to find first-tier comforts at second-tier prices. Foshan offers spectacular experiences for all ages and nationalities, becoming a middle ground between China and the wider world.
With centuries of history and culture, Foshan is home to many landmarks and sites of interest.
- Buddhist Temples. The Zumiao Ancestral temple, an 11th-century temple, is believed to be the birthplace of Cantonese opera, which is still performed during festivals to entertain the gods... and the tourists.
- Shunde. The Foshan district joins the list of cities ordained by UNESCO as the City of Gastronomy. Shunde is the cradle of Cantonese food, which is popular all over the world.
- Nanfang Kilns. These two ancient “dragon kilns” of more than 30m in length were once China’s most important ceramics production center. Much of the Ming Dynasty pottery you see in museums comes from here.
- Kong Fu. As the birth place of Ip Man and ancestral home of Bruce Lee, the city’s Kung Fu culture brings hundreds from overseas to compete and master the part.
WINING & DINING
What was once the historic centre of Foshan has been renovated and turned into Lingnan Tiandi, a photogenic walking street of high-end boutiques, upmarket eateries, and trendy bars. The area is surrounded by newly developed residential complexes, a pocket of quiet in the middle of Foshan’s busy downtown.
Located at the Zumiao station of the Guang-Fo metro line, within five minutes of the station exit are three modern malls, three five-star hotels, and the Lingnan Tiandi leisure area.
Cultural hotspots like the Zumiao Temple, Lingnan Opera House, and Mr. Jian’s Villa are all within walking distance of the city centre.
Lingnan Tiandi offers a wide variety of local and international cuisine, with vegetarian and vegan restaurants.