Chaozhou Travel Guide

Chaozhou Travel Guide

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Chaozhou Facts

Chinese Name: 潮州 (cháo zhōu)
Population: 2,758,000
Area: 1,063.99 square kilometers (410.81 square miles)
Location: in the east of Guangdong Province, southern China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Xiangqiao, Chao'an,); 1 county (Raoping)
Area Code: 0768
Zip Code: 521000
GDP (2018): CNY 106.73 billion (USD 16.13 billion)

The Birthplace of Chinese Tea Ceremony

Situated in the east part of Guangdong Province, Chaozhou neighbors Fujian Province to the east, Shantou to the south and is adjacent to the South China Sea. It has a coastline of 136 kilometers (85 miles) in total. Han River, the second largest river in Guangdong Province, runs 96 kilometers (60 miles) from north to south. Known as the birthplace of the Chinese tea ceremony, Chaozhou is famous for Chaozhou Kungfu Tea which is not only a unique traditional tea drinking custom, but also an important part of Chaozhou food culture. The Gongfu Tea is very particular about tea set, tea, water quality, making, pouring and drinking. The tea sets must be fine, small and of high quality. The cinnabar pot produced by Yixing, Jiangsu Province is a top choice. Also, the Chaozhou Dialect, Opera, Music, Cuisine and Chao Embroidery has far-reaching influence at home and abroad. It is also a commodity distribution center in Hanjiang River Basin covering Jiangxi, Fujian and Guangdong. In addition, Chaozhou is the hometown of 1,080,000 overseas Chinese and compatriots in Hong Kong and Macau.

Chaozhou Attractions - Things to Do

Egrets' Paradise
Located in Tuolin Town of Raoping County, the Xi'ao Island becomes increasingly noticeable for the grand spectacle of egrets back to their habitat before dusk. It is praised as the "Egrets' Paradise".

Guangji Gate Tower
Among the multitude of seven ancient city gates, the Guangji Gate Wall is the most spectacular one. Constructed in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the gate tower is the main symbol of Chaozhou.

Other Chaozhou points of interest: Guangji Bridge, Kaiyuan Temple, Longqiu Pagoda, North Pavilions, Han Wengong Temple

How to get to Chaozhou

The city is only about 15 miles (24 kilometers) from the Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport. Visitors intending to travel by air can transfer to the airport getting in and out of Chaozhou. One can also take a train to/from Chaoshan Railway Station, about 11 miles (17 kilometers) from the city; there are express buses between the railway station and the downtown. In addition, the city local bus terminal in Chaofeng Road provides buses to Guangzhou, Shantou and Shenzhen respectively costing about 6, 1 and 5 hours.
 Major Rail Lines from Chaoshan to


 Chaozhou belongs to a subtropical oceanic monsoon climate. Summer is longer, while winter is shorter. Its annual temperature of a year is about 21.4C (71F). Generally speaking, the rainy season may come in April, and rainstorms appear frequently in June.

 When to Go: Visitors can get there at any season, especially better in spring and autumn.

Chaozhou Travel Tips

Chaoshan Cuisine, together with Guangzhou Cuisine and Dongjiang Cuisine, constitutes the three principal cuisine styles of Guangdong Cuisine. It is adept at cooking seafood and soup, pays attention to refine knife works and maintain original favor and fragrance of materials. Therefore, Visitors can list some featured Chaozhou food in their menus, such as big fish bolus, Teochew Porridge, Chaozhou aspic, winter melon bowl with assorted meat soup and mushroom goose palm.

There are also some pedestrian malls recommended, such as the commerce pedestrian street in Xinqiao Road (East), Sanli Street (Sanli Jie) and Kaiyuan Road. They are perfect shopping destination. Notable is that bargaining is necessary in the Sanli Street.

 History: Over 1600 years ago, the Eastern Jin Dynasty (317-420) established Haiyang County to administrate this area. The name of this city was first used in the Sui Dynasty (581-618). Before the establishment of the PRC, it had been the political, economical and cultural center of eastern Guangdong for quite a long time.

 Physical Features: Among the main types of landform of Chaozhou, including mountainous region, hills, terraces and plains, mountainous and hilly areas constitute the major part of the city, which are mainly distributed in Raoping County and northern Chao'an County.

 Special Local Products: tea, pickles, Chao embroidery

See More: In-depth Guide to Top 10 Guangdong Destinations

- Last updated on Mar. 06, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Chaozhou Travel
Asked by Pieter from NETHERLANDS | Jan. 15, 2020 04:40Reply
What is the best way to travel from Chaozhou to Pinghe?
Answers (1)
Answered by Annabelle from UKRAINE | Jan. 15, 2020 22:57

Well, as I know, you can take direct coach from Chaozhou to Pinghe. But I didn't find the bus schedule. You are suggested to consult the staff when you arriving there.
Asked by jeanie from HONG KONG | Nov. 24, 2019 06:08Reply
Longhu Ancient Village
We would like to visit this village. Is there a bus from Chaozhou? How much, how frequent and how long does it take? How much would a taxi cost?
Alternatively, are there travel agencies that offer tours to this village? How much would be the cost per person?
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Answered by Tina from THAILAND | Nov. 26, 2019 18:53

This ancient town is only 9km away from Chaoshan Railway Station, so you can take taxi directly to it. It is free of entry ticket so I think you can travel alone.
Asked by Agnes from SINGAPORE | Sep. 29, 2019 02:39Reply
May I know how to go to Meritus Shantou China from Chaoshan Railway Station by bus?
How much is the bus fare?
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Answered by Jessica from USA | Oct. 07, 2019 22:37

You can take bus Shantou East Line fron Chaoshan station to Jinhaiwan Hotel station, and walk north of 500m to your hotel. It takes around 1 hour with CNY20.
Asked by May from GERMANY | Mar. 09, 2019 11:20Reply
How can I go to chaozhou, jieyang from Hongkong?
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Answered by Leo from DENMARK | Mar. 12, 2019 02:06

You can take the bullet train from HK West Kowloon Railway Station to Chaoshan Railway Station first.
The train schedules are from 07:23 to 16:40. The durtion is around 3 hours. The 1st Class Seat ticket is CNY291 and 2nd Class Seat ticket is CNY182. After arriving, take a public bus to your destination.
Asked by Charles from SINGAPORE | Feb. 08, 2019 16:40Reply
Is there any travel agent selling high speed train tickets in Chaozhou?
Or do I have to buy the train tickets at Chaoshan Station?
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Answered by Lily from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 10, 2019 23:17

Actually, you can ask help for They provide online train ticket booking service. If interested, their contact informatiion is Hope helpful!
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