15 Things to do in Shunde, Foshan, Guangdong, China
Here is a list of 15 things to do in Shunde. Shunde is a city located in the province of Guandong in China. It is only a 15 minute bullet train ride away from Guangzhou.
Of course, this is from the south station, which takes about an hour to get to from the center of Guangzhou. I taught at Shunde Polytechnic for one year.
15 Things to do in Shunde
1. Qinghui Park
The first thing on my list of things to do in Shunde is QingHui Park. This park has stained glass windows, ponds with big goldfish and a nice little waterfall/man-made cave type system. I spent about 60 to 90 minutes in there. Apparently they give away post cards in the office (according to a friend).
Getting to Qing Hui Park
It has its own bus stop. Many buses go there. It is across the road from new world, on the Starbuck’s side.
Bus 301 takes you there form the main gate of Shunde Polytechnic College
2. Shunde Desserts
Shunde is famous for food, more-so than other parts of China – this is according to people from Shunde.
As you walk out of the main entrance of Qing Hui Park, cross the road and turn right. On the corner there is a restaurant specialising in shunde deserts. I think the sign is yellow. Anyway, it will probably have lots of people in there. Try the double skin milk and the fried milk. Shunde is famous for them. They are sweet. Expect to pay about 10rmb per item.
Daliang is probably the most popular district to go semi-regularly. Just walk around to see what you see. There’s bars and stuff.
Getting to Daliang
It takes about 30 minutes by bus. Catch bus 919 from the East gate. Get off around Guipan Hua Yuan 桂畔花园 unless you have somewhere special you are going.
4. Rong Gui
Rong Gui is another district you can look around and in my opinion is more interesting than Daliang.
Getting to Rong Gui
Catch the 308 to Rong Gui. Get off around Fu Li Da Sha. 富丽大厦 (before KFC)
There is a computer store across the road from this stop and to the east is some markets – on the south side streets (right on first side street, across from grand hotel
5. Shun Feng Mountain Park
Walk around the lake, look inside the Old Chinese style buildings. May also be possible to climb the mountain, but it was so hot on the day I went so I didn’t find out for sure.
Getting to Shun Feng Mountain Park
Catch bus 919 to Shun Feng Shan Gong Yuan 顺峰公园．
6. Baolin Temple
Baolin Temple is one of the first things I checked out in Shunde as is worth the look. It’s a bit of a climb to the top and you can get a good view of town. You can also see Shun Feng Mountain Park, which I’m pretty sure is connected from the bottom, but we had already been there so wasn’t bothered to do the walk.
Getting to Baolin Temple
Catch the 308 to Fu Li Da Sha 富丽大厦 then the 311 (or other) to Bao Lin Si 宝林寺.
7. Go to Guangzhou
Guangzhou is much more “China” than Shunde with lots to see and do and is easy to get to. Just catch the fast train from the Shunde Xue Yuan station. The journey is only 15 minutes, but then you have to get from Guangzhou South (which is a bit out of the way but connected by metro) to where ever you want to go.
8. Bruce Lee Park
9. Go to Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a three and a half hour ferry ride from Shunde Port and makes for a nice getaway if you need a break from mainland China. I went there a couple of times to visit friends who were going there.
Getting to Hong Kong
Getting to Hong Kong is extremely easy from Shunde Polytechnic.
Catch the number 907 bus from the east gate AWAY from Jusco i.e. catch it from teh side of the road closest to the school. The port is only one stop away. It is Shunde De Gong. Don’t forget your passport!
HK – Shunde: 0830 1100 1330 1520 1800
SD – HK: 0830 0930 1100 1500 1800
10. Go to Macau
Another great place to go for a mainland getaway. The Las Vegas of China with a Portuguese influence and great egg tarts.
Getting to Macau
Catch the fast train to Zhuhai and cross the border. It is very easy.
11. Zumiao Temple
佛山祖庙 (Fóshān zǔmiào)
A Confucius temple, a memorial hall of kung fu legends and some other Foshan related historic stuff.
Open from 8:30am untill 6:00pm.
Getting to Zumiao Temple
The address is No. 21 Zumiao Road, Chancheng District.
The address in Chinese and pinyin – 佛山市禅城区祖庙路21号(Fóshānshì chánchéngqū zǔmiào lù 21hào)
Bus Routes: 101, 104B, 105, 106, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, or 116 to bus stop Zumiao
Metro: Guang-Fo Line, get off at Zumiao station), .
12. Liangyuan Park
It is the former residence of the Liang clan and has some traditional buildings in a large garden.
Getting to Liangyuan Park
Take bus number 5 or 18 from Foshan. Opening hours are from 0830 to 1730.
13. Lotus World
Cost: 50 rmb
荷花世界; Héhuāshìjiè. Claims to be the largest lotus ecological park in the world.
Getting to Lotus World in Foshan
Take No.609 city bus at the Sanshui Railway Station or take tourist special line No.3 at Foshan Railway Station.
14. Renshou Temple
仁寿寺. This temple has a history of Vajrayana but was then converted into Zen.
Located on Zumiao Road.
15. Go Anywhere Else in China
The final item on this list of things to do in Shunde is to go anywhere in China. To get to any other major city you have 3 main options, train, plane, bus.
Long Distance Bus
Long distance buses leave from the Daliang Bus Station which is about an hour bus ride from Shunde Polytechnic. It is my least preferred way to get out of Shunde.
Guangzhou BaiYun Airport is fairly easy to get to thanks to a Shunde to BaiYun Airport shuttle bus. Catch the bus to walmart and walk to the shuttle bus. Sorry, I can not give you a compass direction. You have to walk away from Walmart in the same direction your bus was headed (assuming you are coming from Shunde Polytechnic), across the road.
The bus leaves every 30 minutes from 0500 – 2000 towards Baiyun.
0730 – 0030 from baiyun.
It costs 43 RMB and takes about 1.5 hours depending on traffic.
The fast train connects you to Guangzhou Nan, and from Guangzhou you can go just about anywhere. If connecting to another fast train then you are in the right station. If you have to get a slow train you need to catch the metro to another station, probably the main rail station.
Usually in China you can buy train tickets from any train station. You can not do this at Shunde Zhi Yuan Train Station. Instead, go to the ticket office. It is near Jusco, just next to the postal savings bank. As you face the postal savings bank, it is on your left. It is small. Look for 大良南国东路. Asking in any of the shops for Huo Che Piao (train ticket) and they should be able to point you in the right direction.
Apparently it closes at 20:00, but like everything in China this may or may not be true on any given day.
Unlike other ticket offices I’ve been to, this one does not charge any extra fee (usually around 5rmb), which is good.
Unless you speak Chinese, write down what you want (in Chinese).
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