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Zumiao Temple

No tour to Zumiao Temple, no tour to Foshan. The Zumiao Temple, located at the urban area of Chancheng District, at it was said, was founded during Yuanfeng period of North Song Dynasty (1078-1085), wherein Emperor Yuantian in north China was worshiped by the Taoists. Thus, it was also called "Northern Emperor Temple". The original buildings of the Temple were burnt down in the late Yuan Dynasty and reconstructed in the fifth year of Hongwu Period, Ming Dynasty (1372). Therefore, it is called Zumiao Temples owing to its "long history and the first one of (Foshanˇ®s) temples". In 1962, it was recognized as a key protection unit of historical and cultural relics of Guangdong Province and managed by Foshan Museum.

With an occupying area of 3500 sq.m, the Zumiao Temple is composed of such buildings as Wanfu Platform, Lingyin Torii, Jinxiang Pond, Zhonggu Garret, Three Gates, Front Hall, Main Hall and Qingzhen Garret, etc in line with the central axial. Prior to setting up local administrations in Qing Dynasty, Zumiao Temple, other than a simple one, was a place aimed at discussing official business. All of its construction materials, or even decorations and furnishings were donated by various industries and mainly produced locally. Typically, Zumiao Temple reflected of the famous foundry and potting handicraft industry in Foshan history. In turn, the refinement and beauty of its architecture reflected of the prosperity of ancient Foshan. In deed, itˇ®s a precious historical heritage of Fushan. Therefore, Zumiao Temple is granted the reputation of "Oriental Artˇ®s Palace" by visiting foreign friends.


Bruce Lee Ancestorˇ®s House

Bruce Lee, a brilliant Chinese Kung Fu master and action movie star, made a great contribution to promoting Chinese martial arts and Kung Fu films. Although he only lived for 30 years, his blaze of glory overshadows any other Chinese Kung Fu stars of his time. Even the present-day Jackie Chan and Jet Leeˇ®s hey days cannot match his achievements. From 1972 to 1973, Bruce was successively named as one of the seven great martial arts masters in the world by the international authoritative martial arts magazine ˇ®Black Beltˇ®. At the turn of the new millennium, he was nominated as one of the most influential icons in the 20th century, the only Chinese national. For countless foreigners, Bruce Lee has become the synonym of ˇ®Kung Fuˇ®.

Subsequently, Bruce Lee Ancestorˇ®s House became a tourist resort for his fanatic fans and martial arts lovers.
Bruce Lee Ancestorˇ®s House is located in Shang Village, Shunde District, about 60 kilometers (about 37 miles) away from Guangzhou City. At the entrance of Shang Village stands the Leeˇ®s Ancestral Hall. It was built to immortalize Leeˇ®s ancestors. The Ancestral Hall is very grand, spacious and solemn. Bruce Leeˇ®s Ancestorˇ®s House is near the Leeˇ®s Ancestral Hall. It was built by Bruce Leeˇ®s grandfather. Bruceˇ®s father also lived here. Bruce lived here only for a short period. He spent the most part of his childhood and teen years in Hong Kong.

Bruce Lee Ancestorˇ®s House is a typical folk residence made of brick and wood in the Pearl River Delta. It is composed of a bedroom, a hall, a kitchen and a dooryard, encompassing an area of about 51 sq meters (about 61 sq yards). It is a very humble house, and the furnishings are very simple. On the walls of the hall hang a brief introduction about the life experience of Bruce Lee, and several large stills from his films, in which Bruce Lee played the leading roles. At the hall, there is a wooden stake and an incense burner table. The wooden stake is used for practicing Kung Fu. The incense burner is used to make sacrifices to Leeˇ®s ancestors. The dooryard covering an area of about 20 sq meters (about 24 sq yards) is a good place for practicing Kung Fu.

In order to pay tribute to Bruce Lee for his contribution to the promotion of Chinese martial arts, a memorial museum was built and completed in 2002. It is located in Daliang Street, Shunde District. Since the memorial museum is situated in an inconspicuous part of the street, it is unfamiliar to the public. Therefore, a new memorial museum has been constructing since the end of 2006, which is situated in Junˇ®an Town, and is expected to be the largest memorial museum dedicated to the memory of Bruce Lee.

Shiwan

Some 2km southwest of Foshan,this township is celebrated for its porcelain and ceramics.The highlight is a visit to the Nanfeng Ancient Kiln (Nanfeng Guzao),which contains two kilns from the early Ming that are more than 30m long and have never gone out since the day they fired up.Signs (in English) explain the four-day process from clay to glazed pot.You can visit the workshop and thereˇŻs a large shop selling exquisite bowls and figurines.Some 200m east on Gaomiao Lu are some traditional buildings housing more shops.

Liangˇ®s Garden

Liangˇ®s Garden, Collectively referred to the residence of Liang clan located at Foshan, is mainly composed of architectural complex located at various sites, such as "Twelve Stone Rooms", "Qunxing Thatched Hall ", "Fenjiang Thatched Cottage", "Hanxiang Inn", etc, presenting a grand scale. Its principal architecture is located at the Xianfeng Ancient Path of Songfeng Road. Liangˇ®s Garden was constructed in a phased manner (construction period of about 40 years) during Jiaqing and Daoguang periods of Qing Dynasty by four local personalities, all of whom were poets, calligraphers and painters, i.e. Liang Airu, Liang Jiuzhang, Liang Jiuhua and Liang Jiutu(relationship of uncle and nephew). As an example of scholarsˇ® parks located at Lingnan Mountainous Region (particularly referred to Five Mountains located at south China) in Qing Dynasty, it features delicate configuration, complex buildings of residences, ancestral halls and diversified parks of Lingnan style, presenting an elegant pattern. However, the parkˇ®s composition, rather than sticking to one pattern, pursues kinds of elegant, inartificial and picturesque park charm. In addition, the Park is characterized by a complete style of local architectures. Inside the Park, there are clustered fruit trees, beautiful flowers, rounding waterways and waterfronts covered by pines and willows, thus turning it into a unique park of amorous charm in the water-surrounded Lingnan regions. Especially, as exclusively integrated by its various peculiar stones in a diversified fashion, the Park is famous far and near for one of the four famous parks in Guangdong Province. However, this famous Park was on the brink of oblivion as of the early days of the Republic of China. In 1982, Foshan municipal Party Committee and government initiated the salvage and restoration of the existing Qunxing Thatched Halls, with a view of its historical and artistic value as well as enjoyment. In 1990, the Park was listed as the provincial key protection unit of historical and cultural relics. Then, in 1994, with the aim to restore the Park with its total area of 21260 sq.m, a large-scale comprehensive restoring project was triggered, which adhered to the principle of "restoring the age-old as the age-old" for the purpose of retuning the Parkˇ®s essence.


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