My expectations about Foshan was that it was going to be just like the Kung Fu movies, exciting and full of action, nevertheless, thats the movies and reality just wasn’t buying it. My significant other told me that Foshan isn’t the most exciting place to travel. Well… She was right. However, I did have a liking to the lifestyle of the residence there, the rhythm and flow is much slower than Shenzhen, which made it quite comfortable. Overall, it was more enjoyable because I had the opportunity to spend time with her, the companionship made the city a bit more special than without.
“Situated in Daliang Town, Shunde District of Foshan City, the spectacular Qinghui Garden is recognized as one of the four major gardens of Guangdong and ranked among the top ten gardens of China. It was first constructed under the direction of a most successful landscape advisor to the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and has undergone regular elaborate enhancements over the past hundreds of years.
As a perfect integration of the culture of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1644-1911), South China gardening art and river township architecture, the present Qinghui Garden is a picturesque land which draws visitors worldwide. Covering an area of 0.82 acres, the exquisite garden consists of three parts, as follows: the spacious southern part is characterized by charming waterscape and delicate pavilions; comprising a variety of distinctive architectures, the central part epitomizes garden design; and the northern part with its ancient courts is relatively serene and quiet”
“Located in Foshan City, the Liang Garden was a private garden established in the Qing Dynasty by Liang Airu, a famous painter and calligrapher, and his three nephews Liang Jiuzhang, Liang Jiuhua and Liang Jiutu. The wealthy Liang clan built this residence over the course of 40 years and made of it a luxurious oasis in the middle of a bustling city. The garden is known for its exquisiteness. You’ll find nice traditional architecture as well as a collection of ancient paintings in Liang Garden. It is a typical representative of the literati garden of the Qing Dynasty in the Lingnan area.
Liang Garden, which consists of four complexes of architectural structures, i.e., “Twelve-Rock Chamber”, “Cold Fragrance Hall”, “Starry Thatched Cottage” and “Fenjiang Thatched Hut”, is the largest of the four famous gardens built in the Qing Dynasty in Guangdong. Its layout is mapped out strictly according to a well-defined concept, integrating dwellings, a shrine and a garden. The Lingnan-style “courtyards” feature changes in spaces and a graceful style. The Starry Thatched Cottage, Qiushuang Chamber, parlor, studio and other main buildings in the garden are elegant pieces of Chinese architecture. On display in this garden are a wide variety of brick, wood, clay and stone carvings, showing the ancient and elegant style of Lingnan gardens”
“Foshan Ancestral Temple (Foshan Zu Miao) is located in the urban area of Foshan City. It was first used to honor the founder of the local smelting industry, and then changed to worship Pak Thai, a Taoist god. The original temple was burned at the end of the Yuan Dynasty. In 1372, the fifth year of the Hongwu Emperor’s reign in the Ming Dynasty, the temple was rebuilt and named Ancestral Temple because of its long history and status as the preeminent temple in Foshan. In 1962, Foshan Ancestral Temple was designated as a key cultural relic of Guangdong Province”
I wouldn’t come back here. One time visit is enough for me. Rest in peace Yi Man.
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*These experiences were made possible by the Gilman Scholarship