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Foshan

 

Foshan, which was founded in Jin Dynasty and was given the name in Tang Dynasty, is a famous cultural city with a long history. As early as in Qin and Han dynasties, this was already a considerable inhabiting village of people engaging in agriculture and fishery. 

At the Zhenguang Second Year of Tang Dynasty (A.D. 628), three Buddhist figurines were dug out at Tapogang in the city; hence the city was named "Foshan". 

In the Tang Dynasty and Song Dynasty, Foshan was already famous for handicraft, commerce and culture, which was an important trade port in Southern China. In the Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty, it evolved into an economically developed town in Lingnan area, which together with Hankou Town in Hubei, Jingde Town in Jiangxi and Zhuxian Town in Henan were listed as Four Famous Towns in China. It was also the biggest commodities terminal, listed as one of the "Four Terminals"  (Beijing in North, Foshan in South, Suzhou in East and Hankou in West). 

After establishment of the People's Republic of China, the Foshan City (Chancheng District) was set up on January 12, 1951. In 1958, the Foshan Administrative Region was established, governing 3 cities of Foshan, Jiangmen and Shiji and 13 counties like Zhongshan. In 1970 Foshan Administrative Region was renamed Foshan Prefecture, governing 14 counties (cities); In June 1983 the system of City Leading County (City) was implemented. Since 1985, the area under administration was totally transferred into the Pearl River Delta Economic Open Zone. 

Foshan mainly has the natural sources of pot clay, rocks, glass sand, rare metals and pool fishes, rice, sugar cane and various fruits and flowers etc. 

Foshan was one of the ancient famous cities, well known at home and abroad for its handicraft industry. The exquisite folk-arts have a long history, which is said to start from Ming Dynasty, famous for its local styles. 

Foshan folk arts have unique features. Tens of artistic items like paper-cut, binding item, color lantern, Qiuse (including paper puff, sculpture, engraving, sticky brick and casting products), wood New Year pictures and paintings and handwritings, are made with the techniques of cutting, engraving, puffing, sculpting, casting, painting and sticking. The Foshan folk arts are popular among people for its local styles.

Foshan Tourist Attractions

    Ancestral Temple

    The Ancestor's Temple, located at the urban area of Chancheng District, at it...
    Xiqiao Mountain

    Xiqiao Mountain shows you the historical scenery of Pearl River Delta and Xiq...
    Paper-cut in Foshan

    Foshan Paper-cut has a long history .It originated in Song Dynasty, prospered...
    Sanshui Lotus World

    Sanshui Lotus World is an eco-tourist resort, boasting up to 480 kinds of lot...
    Ancient Nanfeng Kiln

    To get a taste of an ancient trade, visitors can visit the ancient Nanfeng Ki...
    Qinghui Garden

    Qinghui Garden is one of the ten famous gardens in China and one of the four ...
 

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