Important: recent information received from this region indicated that stone sales have been declining in both the Foshan stone market and the market in Guangzhou. As a result, one or both of these markets may be closing in the near future.
Foshan Stone Market, the largest stone market in the Guangzhou region, is located in Foshan City
A visit to Guangzhou in November, 2014 revealed that the Foshan Stone Market which once house over 100 stone shops has now been reduced to less than six shops. As a result, we can no longer recommend the trip to this market. Instead, visit the Yihue Flower and Stone Market located at Hua Di Da Dao Zhong, Fancun in Guangzhou. There are still many stone shops located here along with traditional furniture and some antique shops. We found some excellent bargins here and bought several nice stones for very reasonable prices.
Art Market in Chengcun Flower World,
Fochen Road, Foshan District, Guangdong (广东省佛山市佛山区佛陈路)
This market is about a 45 minute drive from downtown Guangzhou; however, it is worth the trip. It is a much larger market with dozens of good stone shops. There are a few boutique shops here with excellent stones. We like this market and have visited it several times over the last ten years. Yellow wax, Ying, and many stones from Guangxi province can be found here. This is one of the few markets that we have found genuine chicken blood stones. We brought one of these back home with us. There is a restaurant in this complex to have lunch. Setting aside a half day will give you time to assess what is available and to negotiate a suitable price. Our library of Chinese stone appreciation books contains several volumes purchased in this market.
It consists of a series of connecting streets with stores lining both sides. This is an open airy market and fairly clean. We have always felt comfortable walking through this excellent stone market.
Foshan Stone Market
Art Market in Chengcun Flower World, (陈村花卉世界艺术品市场)
Stone Shops Abound in Yingde City
Yingde City is located in northern Guangdong Province approximately 90 km from Guangzhou, the location of the nearest airport. Yingde City is an old settlement on the Beijiang River, famous as the source of the Ying stone, one of the four most precious stones of China. It is about 1.5 hour drive from Guangzhou by car. It is best to come here with a knowledgeable stone person who knows where the shops are located and also with someone who speaks Cantonese.
There are many stone shops in this city of nearly 900,000 people; however, the shops are generally not clustered together. We found three or four shops adjacent to each other, but otherwise, the shops are spread throughout the city. The five stone shops we visited were all well stocked with a selection of stones of various qualities. A couple of the higher-end shops offer some exceptional stones. This is the city to visit if you are interested in purchasing Ying stones, because we believe you will find a wider selection of these stones here than anywhere else in China. The source of these stones is the nearby Ying Mountains where they are collected even today. Besides Ying stones, visitors can see some nice Yellow Wax stones and other stones from southern China. Since the city is away from the major, urban stone markets and not on the typical tourist routes, stones can be purchased for reasonable prices. Two types of Ying stones can be purchased here. Good quality Ying stones with attractive bases that are sold as view stones or shangshi, and other Ying stones without bases that are sold for use in creating penjing. You can buy a single large piece to grow a “root over rock” type of penjing or many pieces to make a rock penjing or a landscape penjing. Outside the city center, it is possible to purchase huge, landscape-sized Ying stones for use in gardens. There are several stone shops located in the large entrance building at the China Yingshi Garden on highway S347.
Zhenyang Canyon Cultural and Tourism Holiday Resort
(near Yingde City)
A relatively new development located near Yingde City, about two hours’ drive from Guangzhou, houses a small complex with an attractive art museum and several nice stone shops. This is a good location to see Ying stones, and includes one shop that specializes in small- to tiny-sized Ying stones. We bought several tiny Ying stones here. There appears to be a current trend to bring several stone shops together into a cultural and tourist center.
Stone Shops Around Yingde City
Zhenyang Canyon Cultural and Tourism Holiday Resort
Yihue Flower and Stone Market,
Hua Di Da Dao Zhong, Fangcun (广州市芳村花地大道中).
This is a convenient market to visit as it is located within the city of Guangzhou. It is a good place to look for stones from southeastern China including Yellow wax stones and superb carved stones. We have visited this market three times over several years and each time, approximately 50% of the stores were not open. It may be in a period of decline. Despite that, you may find some nice bargains. Allow one to two hours for a quick visit, longer if want to try and bargain and obtain a lower price on a choice stone.