() is a city in central Guangdong province
in southern China
. The prefectural area
under the city's jurisdiction over an area of about 3,840 km² and a population of 5.4 million of which 1.1 million reside in the city proper (year 2000
It is shown on some older maps as 'Fatshan', which is a phonetic spelling of the city's Cantonese
The town of Foshan is many centuries old, and was famous for its porcelain
industry. Now, the third largest city in Guangdong, it has become relatively affluent compared to other Chinese cities, and is home to many large private enterprises. Foshan has recently seen a transformation brought by China's booming economy
. Foshan is also famous for its numerous Wing Chun
schools where many come to train and spar.
City of Guangfo
In January 2009 the National People's Congress
approved a development plan for the Pearl River Delta Region
. On March 19, 2009 the Guangzhou Municipal Government
and Foshan Municipal Government both agreed to establish a framework to merge the two cities.
The prefecture-level city
of Foshan administers five county-level divisions
, all of which are districts
These are further divided into 64 township-level divisions
, including 37 towns
and 27 subdistricts
Foshan is close to Guangzhou and considers its link with Guangzhou very important. A Guangzhou-Foshan metropolitan
region is being formed.
Geography and climate
lies to the east,......