15 Things to do in Shunde, Foshan, Guangdong, China
Here is a list of 15 things to do in Shunde, Guangdong. I compiled it while teaching English at Shunde Polytechnic. Shunde is a city located in the province of Guandong in China. It is sometimes referred to as Shunde Guandong or Shunde Guangzhou. It is only a 15-minute bullet train ride from Guangzhou to Shunde.
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15 Things to do in Shunde Guangzhou
1. Qinghui Park
The first thing on this list of what to do in Shunde, China is QingHui Park. This park has stained glass windows and ponds with big goldfish. There is also a nice little waterfall/man-made cave type system. I spent about 60 to 90 minutes in there. They give away postcards in the office (according to a friend).
Getting to Qing Hui Park, Shunde
It has its own bus stop. Many buses go there. It is across the road from “New World” mall, 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 specializing in Shunde deserts. It will 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 the most popular district to visit. Walk around to see what you see. There are 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. I prefer it to Daliang, but I am in the minority amongst my friends on that.
Getting to Rong Gui, Shunde
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. To the east are some markets on the south side streets. To get there, turn right on the first side street, across from the 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, Shunde
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 the town. You can also see Shun Feng Mountain Park. I’m pretty sure they connect via a path at the bottom. We had already been to Shun Feng so we didn’t bother to do the walk.
Getting to Baolin Temple, Shunde
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. Bruce Lee Park
I wrote a whole post about Bruce Lee Park and it has all the information you need to get there. There is a link under the picture.
Here are some things that are not in Shunde, but are easy to access.
8. Go to Guangzhou
Guangzhou is much more “China” than Shunde with lots to see and do and is easy to get to. The easiest way to get to Guangzhou from Shunde is to catch the fast train from the Shunde Xue Yuan station. The journey from Shunde to Guangzhou South is only 15 minutes. 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.
9. Go to Hong Kong
Hong Kong is a three and a half hour ferry ride from Shunde Port. It 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 from Shunde
Getting to Hong Kong from Shunde Polytechnic is very easy.
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!
Hong Kong to Shunde Ferry Timetable: 0830 1100 1330 1520 1800
Shunde to HK: 0830 0930 1100 1500 1800
10. Go to Macau
Another great place to go for a mainland getaway. Macau is the “Las Vegas of China” with a Portuguese influence and great egg tarts.
Getting to Macau from Shunde
To get to Macau from Shunde, catch the fast train to Zhuhai and cross the border. It is very easy.
11. Zumiao Temple
佛山祖庙 (Fóshān zǔmiào)
Zumiao is a Confucius temple. It is also a memorial hall of kung fu legends and has some other Foshan related historic stuff.
Open from 8:30am untill 6:00pm.
Getting to Zumiao Temple, Foshan
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
Liangyuan Park is the former residence of the Liang clan. It has some traditional buildings in a large garden.
Getting to Liangyuan Park, Foshan
Take bus number 5 or 18 from Foshan. Opening hours are from 0830 to 1730.
Sorry, no picture 🙁 .
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.
It is on Zumiao Road.
15. Go Anywhere Else in China
To get to any other major city from Shunde you have 3 main options: Train, plane, or bus.
Long Distance Bus from Shunde
Long distance buses leave from the Daliang Bus Station. It is my least preferred way to get out of Shunde.
Plane from Shunde
Guangzhou BaiYun Airport is 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 going. This assumes you are coming from Shunde Polytechnic.
- The shuttle bus from Shunde to Guangzhou airport leaves every 30 minutes from 0500 to 2000.
- The shuttle bus from Guangzhou airport to Shunde runs from 0730 to 0030.
- It costs 43 RMB and takes about 1.5 hours depending on traffic.
Train from Shunde
The fast train connects you to Guangzhou Nan, and from Guangzhou, you can go almost 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. The main rail station is a good bet if you are not sure.
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, 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.
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. The fee is usually around 5rmb.
Unless you speak Chinese, write down what you want (in Chinese).
Accommodation in Shunde Guangzhou
I never had to get tourist accommodation in Shunde since I had an apartment on the campus where I worked. You can check this map for the best hotel deals in Shunde. Most of them are in the Daliang area.
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Shunde isn’t the most exiting place in China, but there is enough there to keep you busy. And if you want more, Guangzhou is only a short train ride away.
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