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Foshan, called Chan for short, is located in the hinterland of the Pearl River Delta, and in the central part by south of Guangdong Province. It is connected to Guangzhou to the east, neighbors Jiangmen and Zhougshan to the south, borders Zhaoqing to the west and Qingyuan to the north, and is within 100 km from Hong Kong and Macao. Under the administration of Foshan are the Shiwan District and four county-level cities, namely Nanhai, Shunde, Sanshui and Gaoming. With a total area of 3,813.64 square kilometers, Foshan is a famous cultural city with a long history.

Foshan is rich in tourist resources and boasts many places of interest. First built in the Yuanfeng reign (1078-1085) of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1279), the Foshan Ancestor Temple is a palace hall that integrates ancient clay sculpture, woodcarving, foundry and architectural arts into a whole. It is said that the temple was built to enshrine the North Xuantian God worshipped by Taoists and was called the North God Temple at that time. The original buildings were burnt down at the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), and were rebuilt in the fifth year (1372) of the Hongwu reign in the Ming Dynasty (1338-16440). Records said that the temple was renamed the Foshan Ancestor Temple due to its long history and leading position among the temples in Foshan. Other scenic spots include the Qinghui Garden in Shunde, one of the four famous gardens of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in Guangdong, Xijiao Mountain in Nanhai, a national level scenic area, and historic sites such as the Confucius Temple, the Renshou Temple, the former residence of Kang Youwei, and so on, attracting numerous tourists.

Foshan is the birthplace of the Yueju Opera, and the famous hometowns of martial arts, arts, potteries and cate.

The climate in Foshan is characterized by the monsoons in the subtropical zone with an average temperature between 21.2 - 22.2℃.

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