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Discover China’s craft-making heritage on this private full-day tour from Guangzhou to Foshan, famous for its exquisite ceramics. Keep your camera to hand as you visit the landmark Foshan Ancestral Temple, decorated with locally made furnishings and ornaments. After a typical Chinese lunch (included), visit the Nanfeng Ancient Furnace to watch a traditional pottery demonstration and have a go at spinning the pottery wheel. Finally, admire the beautiful handicrafts on sale at the Shiwan Art Ceramics Market and perhaps buy a unique souvenir to take home with you. 


  • Private day trip from Guangzhou to Foshan
  • Visit Foshan’s cultural attractions with a knowledgeable local guide
  • Learn about Daoist deities at Foshan Ancestral Temple
  • Watch potters at work at Nanfeng Ancient Furnace
  • See Foshan’s famous tiles and sculptures at Shiwan Art Ceramics Market
  • Dine on a tasty Chinese lunch at a local establishment
  • Round-trip hotel transfer by comfortable private vehicle included

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What You Can Expect

Private Cultural Tour: Foshan Day Trip from Guangzhou

Shiwan Ceramics

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 Foshan’s 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 temple’s 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 dragon’s 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, Shiwan’s 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.

Customer Reviews

Penny H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 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.

francis g

1 star rating: I do not recommend this December 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.

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