Private Cultural Tour: Foshan Day Trip From Guangzhou

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 8 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Visit the city of Foshan, historically known throughout China for its incredible ceramic production, on a full-day trip from Guangzhou. Travel by private vehicle with an expert guide to three top sites: Foshan Ancestral Temple, Nanfeng Ancient Furnace and Shiwan Art Ceramics Market. See local artisans at work in Shiwan village and learn about the beautiful handcrafted tiles that have made the area famous since before the Qing Dynasty! This private tour includes a Chinese-style lunch and round-trip transport.

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

Know More about this tour

After hotel pickup, your driver and English-speaking guide will take you by private, air-conditioned vehicle to Foshan City. Located just 50 minutes from Guangzhou in Guangdong province, Foshan is a city famous for its long cultural history.


Founded during the Jin Dynasty, Foshan was a well-populated village inhabited by fishermen and farmers as early as the Qin and Han dynasties. By the Tang (618-907 AD) and Song (960-1279 AD) dynasties, Foshan was already an important trade port in Southern China renowned for its handicrafts, commerce and culture.


First, visit the Foshan Ancestral Temple (Foshan Zu Miao), built in 1078-1085 for sacrificial offerings to the Northern Xuantian Heavenly Emperor, a revered Daoist deity. Reconstructed in 1372 after the original building was destroyed, the formerly named Zumiao Temple was Foshans first temple.


As you tour the Ancestral Temple, admire the locally produced decorations, furnishings and ceramics for which Foshan is known. Your guide will enlighten you about the temples use, before the Qing Dynasty, as a meeting place to conduct official business.


Your guide will take you to a local restaurant to enjoy a lunch of traditional Chinese specialties. Then, head to Shiwan village to visit the Nanfeng Ancient Furnace, a kiln built in the early 16th century and still used for firing ceramics today. Named for the cool summer winds that blew at the back of the furnace through the banyan trees growing there, Nanfeng is a fine example of a dragon kiln, as its roof resembles the scales of a dragons back. Learn from your guide about the flame, which has burned continuously for 500 years ever since the Tang Dynasty! Watch a demonstration by a skilled artisan and try your hand at the pottery wheel.


With a 5,000-year-long history of ceramic making that reached its peak in the Ming and Qing dynasties, Shiwans ceramic tiles are considered some of the best in the world. Wander through the Shiwan Art Ceramics Market with your guide and see animal sculptures and human figurines for which the kiln became famous during the Qing Dynasty of the 1600s. Browse the stalls to see different replicas of modern and ancient designs.


Your day trip concludes with private transport back to your hotel in Guangzhou.

Inclusions

English-speaking guide

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transport by private, air-conditioned vehicle

Chinese-style lunch

Professional driver

Entry/Admission - Nanfeng Ancient Kiln

Entry/Admission - The Ancestral Temple

Exclusions

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes are recommended

Adult pricing applies to all travelers; infants are free of charge

Traveler Reviews

  • 14-Apr-2014

    GREAT TOUR. This was my first private tour and I was a bit intimidated by "China" but I had a wonderful time. My guide spoke very good English, was knowlegeable and considerate - not to mention fun. My main reason for taking the tour was to buy some of the traditional Chinese Ceramics, but I really enjoyed the Ancestral Tempal with Kung Fu demonstration and "Dancing Lions". Very happy I chose this tour.

  • 28-Dec-2013

    Lousy trip. Temple that was chosen from your website does not appeared on the actual trip.Money not worth spending on this trip.. Given beef even though has been earlier told that we abstained from it. Vegetarian lunch at the temple turned up at one of the downtown restaurent. Driver seemed to go missing wasting our time waiting so long for him.