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The Ancestral Temple, Foshan

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A sprawling and important Taoist temple complex, The Ancestral Temple provides a calm spot to unwind in the midst of downtown. Initially built in the 11th century, this cultural treasure reveres a god that controls the waters of Guangdong. Known as the Zen City, the ancient temple complex features a number of impressive statues and intricate carvings. The main hall, built in 1372, has a place for sacrifices and features a statue of Xuan Wu, a warrior god with gilded head and feet. If your timing's right, you may see the locals exercising Tai Chi, or a lion dance performance. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to The Ancestral Temple and many more Foshan attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Foshan tour planner.
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  • A journey into the past for those who have lived in the 1970s film starring Bruce Lee, here you can relive everything that is related to the technique Wing chun. The Wing Tsun Kuen is a style of Kung Fu that dates back some 400 years ago, was founded by a woman, Ng Mui, who was part of the five monks who escaped the burning of Shaolin monastery, operated by the Manchu. This passed it on to another woman, Yim Wing Chun, who taught her to her husband. The style remained largely secret until Grandmaster Yip Man began to teach publicly (even if only in Chinese); among his pupils there was also a certain Li Jun Fan, who studied with him until he left for America where he called himself Bruce Lee ... Yip Man began teaching Wing Chun for hobbies (was very wealthy) in Foshan, China. At one point he (like many other martial arts masters) get away from his country and take refuge in Hong Kong where, finding themselves in financial hardship, he began teaching Wing Chun for a living. Yip Man, during his "career as a teacher", went through different periods which would influence his way of conveying the style; This is easily by examining the differences between the different styles of Wing Chun (a brief aside), Wing Chun Kuen is a transcript first used by Bruce Lee to indicate the characters
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  • A good place to visit to experience chinese culture.You can also learn about the IP Man.The lion dance, chinese opera is a must watch . All shows are free.  more »
  • Spend the day here, especially over the weekend and enjoy the lion dance, king fu display and Cantonese opera. Visit the Bruce Lee museum and enjoy tea at the local restaurant. Experience old world Ch...  more »
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  • The number one place to visit in Foshan. It is a garden, museum, temple and also memorial hall for Ip Man and Master Huang Fei Hong. The buildings in this park is pretty old but is kept in good condition. Look out for the intricate exterior ceiling work which is common of the grand houses of that time. The temple is the main attraction and the museum serve to explain a bit of the history. Plan to spend some time here and if you want to see the lion dance performance check out the latest info on the timing.
  • It was pretty cool. it's also next to the area with alot of restaurants and bars, and Ip Man's old home.
  • Great place for a walk.
  • Good, but too many tourists
  • I go there to visit Ip Man & Master Huang Fei Hong..

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