Situated on the outback of Pearl River Delta, Foshan is a Chinese prefectural city in the Central Guangdong province. Blessed with an ideal location and neighbouring with huge cities like Hong Kong and Macau on the South, Foshan enjoys an efficient transport system into and out of the country. The city is on the trip planners of a lot of tourists who wish to travel between these places.
The City has a long history that traces back to more than 5000 years. Originally named as Lihua Township, Foshan is known as the four great ancient towns in China along with Hankou, Jingde and Zhuxian. The name Foshan was only used after the people of Tang Dynasty noticed light emitting from Buddha statues excavated at a hill site (Foshan means Buddha hill). Since then, it became a religious centre and was regarded as Chancheng. Foshan was identified as a city in 1925 and attained a prefecture level by 1974.
Though Foshan is one of the earliest ports that involved in China’s open door policy, the city we see today is vastly modern. With its well-planned roads, high rises, plush residential areas and verdant gardens, the city looks nothing less than a paradise. With its unique blend of manufacturing industries and tourism, Foshan attracts both business enthusiasts and travellers equally well.
The itineraries of Foshan don’t just involve places with historical significance, but also a number of art and handicraft centres that reflect the city’s age long tradition and culture. It is also renowned for its Martial arts and Cantonese operas. With its famous Zumiao Commercial Street and several shopping plazas and malls that provide a lot of shopping opportunities as wells as other activities to do, Foshan is a treat to the shopping lovers.
Add Foshan to your vacation planners and visit it the next holiday. And when you’re done acquiring the necessary tourist information, tour around the important places and shop the local stuff at one of their handicraft stores. Also, walk into one of their quaint restaurants, cafés or bars and indulge yourselves in their sumptuous local cuisine.