Shantou Travel Guide

Shantou Travel Guide

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Shantou Facts

Chinese Name: 汕头 (shàn tóu)
Population: 5,638,500
Area: 2198.7 square kilometers (332.3 square miles)
Location: in the east of Guangdong Province, southern China
Administrative Division: 6 districts (Jinping, Longhu, Chenghai, Haojiang, Chaoyang, Chaonan); 1 county (Nan’ ao)
Area Code: 0754
Zip Code: 511500
GDP (2018): CNY 251.21 billion (USD 37.96 billion)

Shantou is situated in the southeastern corner of East Asia, on the west coast of the Pacific Ocean. Boarding on the South Sea, the city is one of the most important open-to-the-world harbors both in the Guangdong Province and in China. As one of the seven special economic zones of China, it uses its convenient geographic location to its advantage and has accepted many foreign investments. It currently has economic relations with 165 countries. Over 50 multinational corporations and 11 of the world's top 500 enterprises have investments in the city, giving the city the seventh best rate of commerce among all cities in China.

Long coastal lines and a pleasant subtropical marine climate provide the city with many charming tourist attractions. Beautiful mountains, natural beaches, and exquisite islands, together with the marine scenery that surrounds the harbor, form a breathtaking environment that is especially attractive to those who want to escape the busy life. The locals use their rich seaside resources to set up many resort villages that provide sound facilities and services for the tourists. In addition, the Tropic of Cancer traverses the city, making it a wonderful place to feel the instant alternation of spring and summer in China. The Symbolic Tower of the Tropic of Cancer cannot be missed when travelling in the city. Top 10 Things to Do in ShantouTransportation in Shantou is quite efficient as it is easily accessible by land, sea, or air. Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport is located about 18 miles (29 kilometers) away from the center city of Shantou and is a hub for 20 schedule flights currently connecting with many cities both in China and other countries including Bangkok and Singapore. Chaoshan Railway Station and Shantou Railway Station connect the city with almost all big cities and tourism cities in China including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, and Fuzhou. Shantou Harbor has cargo ships that connect to over 210 harbors around the world. It also has passenger ships that sail to many of China's port cities, such as Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Hainan Island. Highways in the city are also well developed and provide easy access to Shenzhen and Xiamen. It takes only about three hours to reach either of these cities by long distance bus. Until nowadays, Shantou subway is not available. Subway line 1, line 2 and line 3 are expected to serve the public by 2020.

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 Major Rail Lines from Chaoshan to

Shantou is one of the primary hometowns of Chinese who are living abroad. The local natives are scattered around the globe and can be found in over 40 regions and countries of the world. Those who have left the city often invest in their hometown and come back to work together with the locals. The exotic culture that they bring back to the city is then mixed with the traditional culture, forming a particular local flavor. The Chao music is well known for its dulcet melody, varying rhythms and peculiar instruments while the Chao opera is renowned for its beautiful aria and various playing roles.
 The Chaoshan cuisine is one branch of the famous Cantonese cuisines. Most of the dishes are cooked with seafood and various seasonings. They taste fresh, and are light but delicious. Enjoying a cup of Gongfu tea is also popular and has become one of the most welcomed forms of nightlife among the locals.
 The hotel industry is flourishing there. You can easily find hotels and hostels of all standards throughout the city. Moreover, the rates are reasonable and relatively lower than other coastal cities in southern China. There are also various recreational places in the city. Malls, cinemas, restaurants, clubs, bars and coffee houses can be easily found everywhere in the city, which will certainly make your travel more interesting and convenient.
- Last updated on Mar. 25, 2024 -
Questions & Answers on Shantou Travel
Asked by Patricia from SINGAPORE | Mar. 25, 2024 04:15Reply
hotel in shantou
which 4 or 5 stars hotel in shantou has night market nearby? kindly recommend
Answers (1)
Answered by Randy | Mar. 25, 2024 23:48

Atour on Changping Rd. and Long Hu Hotel is very close to the famous Changping Pedestrian Street.
Asked by Harry Chua from SINGAPORE | Feb. 23, 2024 00:31Reply
Van rental with drivet
Can you recommend some car rental with driver to bring us around Shantou?
Answers (1)
Answered by James | Feb. 25, 2024 18:22

You may try the eHi Car Services:
Asked by Nmachukwu Precious from NIGERIA | Jan. 13, 2024 09:30Reply
Hi,I’m from Nigeria and I’m trying to reach Shantou public security bureau.
I’m from Nigeria and I’m trying to reach Shantou public security bureau.
I need their number as the case is urgent.Please
Answers (3)
Answered by Lily | Jan. 14, 2024 20:00

The number is 0754-88272334.
Answered by Nmachukwu Precious | Jan. 16, 2024 03:30

Thank you so much,I called them but they don’t understand English.
Is there a number i could text,cos I have a translator app and I think it’d be easier to communicate with them.Please
Answered by Lily | Jan. 16, 2024 18:46

You may try this e-mail:
Asked by Kong from MALAYSIA | Nov. 19, 2023 23:04Reply
6 days suggestions
Shangtou. Jieyang. Chaozhou. Any suggestion as to how many nights in which cities? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry | Nov. 21, 2023 19:20

Well, maybe two nights in Shantou, one night in Jieyang and 2 nights in Chaozhou.
Asked by Lee Chong Kai from SINGAPORE | Oct. 09, 2023 05:11Reply
What are "must see" and "must do" for a family of 5 adults and 3 teenagers with 3 days in Shantou?
How much would a car or van for 8 people cost to hire per day with a driver who can also tell us places of interest. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Trace | Oct. 10, 2023 00:41

For 3 days in Shantou, you can visit Nan'ao Island, the Old Town, Small Park and more. Shantou Museum and University are recommended to teenagers. Also, you should not miss local delicacies in Zhujiang Road. The rental fee for a minivan is around CNY800-1,500 for different types of the vehicles.
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