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Foshan Ancestral Temple (Zumiao)

Foshan Ancestral Temple

Foshan Zumiao is located on Zumiao Road, Foshan city. This is a Taoist temple and dedicated to Beidi, the Northern God, who is said to have the power of controlling the waters of Guangdong. Foshan Ancestral Temple consists of Ancestral Temple, Confucius Temple, Huang Feihong Memorial Hall and Ip Man Hall.

Ancestral Temple

The temple was first built in the Song Dynasty during the reign of Emperor Yuanfeng. The original building was destroyed at the end of the Yuan Dynasty and was rebuilt in 1372. As it has experienced a long history and was the first temple in Foshan, it was called Ancestral Temple. Before the establishment of a local administrative organization in the QingDynasty, it was a place for discussing official businesses. This was different from general temples. In 1962, it was listed as a GuangdongProvincial Key Cultural Relic Protection Unit.

The temple has a floor area of 3, 500 square meters, consisting of the Wanfu Platform, the Lingying Memorial Archway, the Jinxiang Pool, the Bell-Drum Tower, the Front Hall, the Main Temple, and the Qingzhen Tower.

Huang Feihong Memorial Hall and Ip Man Hall

Huang Feihong Memorial Hall and Ip Man Hall were newly founded in the first year of the 21 century to commemorate two Foshan born martial art masters Huang Feihong and Ip Man. The building is modelled after a wok-handle fire-walled house of the QingDynasty. It reproduces the style of folk residence and ancestral temple when Huang Feihong was alive. The building is divided into a showroom, the Huang Feihong Cinema, and a hall and patio for practising Wushu, showing us the legendary life of the great martial master. We can sense his mysterious life here.

Confucian Temple

Confucian Temple built in 1911 inside Foshan Ancestral Temple is the worship place to Confucius, the great sage came up with Confucianism. It has been the cultural symbol of Foshan. Local people hold the worship ceremony every year on the birthday of Confucius. People gather at Confucian Temple on the day to make a salute to the sage, dance in ancient manner and play the lion dance. The school-age children would have their first class there, too.

Art Performance

Foshan Ancestral Temple culture includes Taoism culture, martial art, and folk art. Moreover, different kinds of folk culture activities are held every year, for instance, Spring Blessing Ceremony, Temple Fair, Community Drinking Rituals and Mid-Autumn Festival. There are also other interactive folk-custom activities such as the Preschool Children Enlightening Ceremony, Lion Dance, Cantonese Opera, Foshan Martial Art Performance and Cantonese Opera. Visitors can watch the performances of Martial Arts and Lion Dance every day on the square in front of Huang Feihong Memorial Hall, which are given three times daily except on rainy days respectively at 10:00-10:40, 14:15-14:55 and 15:30-16:10.

Tourist Information of Foshan Ancestral Temple

⌚ 8:30 - 18:00;
¥20 Yuan;
✉ 21 Zumiao Road, Chancheng District, Foshan. (佛山市禅城区祖庙路21号);

How to get there

  1. Take Guangzhou Metro Guangfo Line to Zumiao Station, Exit D.;
  2. You may take Bus Route No. 101, 105, 116, 117, 118, 121, 122, 123, 126, 128, 134, 137, 164b, g12 and get off at Zumiao Station.

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