Meizhou Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 梅州 (méi zhōu)
Area: 15,864.50 square kilometers (6,125 square miles)
Location: in the northeast of Guangdong Province, southern China
Administrative Division: 2 districts (Meijiang, Meixian); 5 counties (Dapu, Fengshun, Wuhua, Pingyuan, Jiaoling); 1 county-level city (Xingning)
Area Code: 0753
Zip Code: 51400
GDP (2018): CNY 111.02 billion (USD 16.78 billion)
Capital of Hakka in the World
Meizhou City is situated in the northeast of Guangdong Province, at the juncture of Guangdong, Fujian and Jiangxi provinces. It is about 380 kilometers (236 miles) from Guangzhou, 345 kilometers (214 miles) from Shenzhen and 190 kilometers (118 miles) from Shantou. Meizhou is one of the main settlements of Hakka people, developing time-honored Hakka traditional culture and buildings. It has more than 20,000 complete preserved Hakka Semi-Circular Round Houses which are called one of the five characteristic buildings of Chinese folk houses. Hakka folk songs and Guangdong Han opera are widely spread here. Visitors can also taste the salt and greasy Hakka delicacies.
Meizhou Attractions - Things to Do
Lingguang Temple: The temple stands at the foot of Yinna Mountain in the city, 46 kilometers (29 miles) from downtown area of the city. Reputed as one of the four famous temples in Guangdong Province, Lingguang Temple has been stood there for more than 1,200 years since it first built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907).
Lianfang Tower and Yinna Mountain: Yinna Mountain, 46 kilometers (29 miles) from downtown Meizhou, is one of the most famous three mountains in Guangdong Province. The famous Lingguang Temple stands at the foot of Yinna Mountain. Lianfang Tower is also known as Huaqiao Weiwu. Weiwu is a kind of vernacular dwelling of the Hakkas inhabited by the whole clan. This building was built by oversea Chinese in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The inner part was constructed according to the structure of traditional besieged tower, Weiwu, but the outer wall was designed to be the western style. It is a combination of traditional Hakka and western buildings.
Yearning Tea Plantation Tourist Attraction: It is a holiday village with enormous acreages of tea fields and many villas. You can not only taste all kinds of teas and watch tea art shows, but also learn about Hakka culture and see Hakka earthen buildings.
Other tourist attractions: Thousand-Buddha Pagoda, Huangfengwo Chashan (Tea Mountain) Tourist Zone
How to get to/around Meizhou
2. Within the city, several bus stations are served to facilitate visitors'way to travell between points of interest. Generally speaking, it is about four hours' drive to Guangzhou, three hours to Shenzhen and two hours to Shantou.
See also Meizhou to Guangzhou Train
When to Go: Meizhou is favorable for visiting at any seasons, especially in spring and autumn.
Meizhou Travel Tips
History: The city was the residence of Hakka people after they moved from Central China to this region in Qin (221BC-206BC) and Han dynasties (206BC-220AD). It was in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) that prefecture named Meizhou was established for great many plum trees planted here.
Physical Features:The terrain of the city slopes downward from the north to the south. Within its territory, hilly area and terraces occupy the majority of the land, and then mountainous area ranks the second place. Plain region there is small in area.
Special Local Products:golden pomelo, Dancong tea, Mei Gan Cai (preserved mustard cabbage)
Food Culture: Hakka food like Salted Baked Chicken, Hakka Stuffed Tofu, Pork Belly with Preserved Mustard Greens, Stuffed Bitter Gourd deserves your try.
See More: In-depth Guide to Top 10 Guangdong Destinations