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Qinghui Garden in Shunde

Shunde District (simplified Chinese: 顺德区traditional Chinese: 順德區pinyin: Shùndé Qū; Yale Cantonese: Seun6 dak1) is a district of Foshan prefecture-level city in the Pearl River Delta, Guangdong Province, southeast China.

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Administration

Shunde was a county-level city until December 8, 2002, when it became a district of Foshan prefecture-level city. Shunde has direct juridiction over 4 subdistricts and six towns:

Sights

Shunde boasts canals still used by barges and a street of restored colonial architecture named Hua Gai Lu.

Tourist attractions include the Qinghui Garden (清晖园) featuring fish ponds surrounded by osmanthus, bamboo and mulberry bushes, and the nearby Qinghui Yuan restaurant, known for its classic Cantonese cuisine.

Economy

Since the institution of the Open Door Policy in Mainland China, industrial manufacturing and development have been on the rise in Shunde, especially the manufacture of furniture and electric appliances. Some famous mainland Chinese product brands like Kelon (科龙) or Midea are made in Shunde, Shunde has also opened a new technology industrial park containing well known car manufacturers such as Toyota. Also with its excellent geographical position for agriculture, Shunde is becoming one of the wealthiest counties in Guangdong, and even in mainland China, or global terms, according to official information from the Chinese Government and the United Nations.

The GDP reached 127.5 billion yuan in 2007, an annual increase of 18%, and GDP per capita reached 107,991 yuan (ca. US$14,200).

Miscellaneous

Martial artist Bruce Lee's ancestral roots can be found in Gwan'on (Jun'an) in Seundak (Shunde). There is a street in the village named after Bruce Lee where his ancestral home is situated. The home is open for public access. The Lord Mayor of Melbourne , Australia, John So is from Shunde. Shunde is also known for its unique Cantonese food.

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Coordinates: 22°50′11″N 113°15′09″E / 22.836392°N 113.252563°E / 22.836392; 113.252563

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Shunde (顺德; Shùndé) is a city near Foshan, in Guangdong Province in China.

Understand

Shunde is well-known in the Guangdong province as a place with great Chinese food. Its population and economy is starting to grow and its rapid economic growth is mainly due to furniture production while increase in population is due to an influx of workers. With this influx of people seeking work, there has been an increase in popular services like body massage, foot massage and spas.

Climate

The air is very polluted in the area (mainly due to furniture and factory production), like most growing cities in China.

Get in

By air

The nearest airport is the Guangzhou Baiyun Airport. There is an airport express service that leaves the airport hourly 7AM-6:30PM.

By boat

It is possible to take a cruise in from Hong Kong.

By land

The main bus terminal in Shunde is in Daliang District. The Daliang Bus Station has coaches coming in from Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hongkong, Dongguan and also from Guangxi, Jiangsi, Hunan, Henan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Sichuan, Shanghai and other provinces. [1]

Do

Enjoying a great and relaxing body massage is a must during your visit to Shunde.

Shunde is also famous for their foot massages and washing of feet(沐足), being a lifestyle for many of the locals. Many shops are found in the district of daliang, along gui pan (桂畔路). It is approximately 40-60yuan for a session for an hour.

Another common lifestyle for the locals is washing of hair at salons, 洗头。 Generally every hair salon offer this service, accompanied with a head and neck massage. Costs range from 10-20yuan.

Buy

While not generally considered to be in the same league as its neighbours with regards to shopping, with the increase of middle-class individuals, Shunde is seeing an increase in the number of shopping centres.

Eat

There is a saying in Shunde '食在广东,厨出风城' which means when you eat in Guangdong, you are actually eating in Shunde, in reference to the many great chefs in Guangdong Province who originated from this small town.

One must-try is the Double-Skin Milk (Shuangpinai双皮奶). It is a famous cantonese dessert that originated in this town. It tastes a bit like custard and can be eaten hot or cold, or mixed with other desserts. Besides double-skin milk, one have to try the other desserts too. A famous dessert shop is ren xin(任信老铺), which offers a large variety of desserts for individual taste buds.

Drink

Drinking traditionally begins at dinner and spills over to local bars afterward. KTV (karaoke) is a popular past time, and is as much about the beer as the singing. If beer is not your taste, try the Chinese rice wine...clear and strong!

  • Friends Club (Youhuai), (In Daliang). A fabulous place to watch the stage show, dance, and play dice, the most popular drinking game in Shunde. A hint: buy beer by the dozen, it is much cheaper!  edit
  • A lane with many pubs/ KTVs (Gui pan lu 桂畔路), (In Daliang). A road with lined up with KTVs and clubs, alongside a canal. Be it wine, cocktails or beer, they have all to offer.  edit

Sleep

There are many small and mid-range hotels to choose from in Shunde.

  • Marriot Courtyard, 150 Qinghui Road, Daliang District.  edit

Stay safe

Whilst not free from crime, Shunde is generally safer than the bigger citys of Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Dongguan. Nevertheless, it helps to watch out for pickpockets who have been known to work in public buses and other crowded areas. In addition, avoid going out alone at night and wearing flashy clothes and accessories.

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