Shantou Travel Guide

Shantou Travel Guide

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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 five 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.Transportation 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.
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 Chao 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 modified on Oct. 29, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Shantou Travel
Asked by siew hong teh from MALAYSIA | Oct. 27, 2018 06:12Reply
what is the best form of transport from shenzhen to shantou?
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Answered by Kent from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 29, 2018 01:50

You are advised to take the bullet train from Shenzhen North Railway Station to Chaoshan Railway Station. The duration is about 2 - 2.5 hours and the ticket fare is CNY107 on a second class seat.

At the North Square of Chaoshan Railway Station, there are many buses to different places in Shantou and you can choose one depending on your destination.
Asked by Beer from THAILAND | Oct. 18, 2018 12:28Reply
If I go to Lufeng from chaoshan then go to shenzhen .
any left luggage service or locker at the train station ?
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Answered by David from USA | Oct. 18, 2018 23:46

Yes, generally, there is check room in the train station.
Asked by sephora from FRANCE | Oct. 05, 2018 17:08Reply
From overseas chinese hotel to Shantou airport
Hello, my plane is really early so i need to take the shuttle bus to the airport at 5.30 at this hotel (i'm not sleeping there but my hotel is near). So i have 2 questions:
-where should i buy the ticket?
-where is exactly the stop (i don't want to miss it)?
Thank you for your help!
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Answered by Vida from USA | Oct. 09, 2018 01:09

You can buy the tickets at the front desk of the Overseas Chinese Hotel. And you need to take the bus at Chinese Travel Bus Terminal near the hotel.
Asked by Mrs Tan C L from SINGAPORE | Oct. 01, 2018 19:53Reply
From Chaoshan Railway Station to Jinjiang Inn ,Jinsha Xi Rd
Is there any bus from CS Railway station to Jinjiang Inn, Jinsha Xi Road.(thinking of booking this hotel). If not can you you recommend a reasonably priced hotel with direct transport.

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Answered by Mlian from USA | Oct. 09, 2018 00:57

Yes, there is one direct bus between the railway station and the hotel. It is bus No.181, and you need get on the bus at the railway station and get off at Dongsha Middle School. Then walk about 25 minutes to your hotel. The whole bus ride may take about 1.5 hours and CNY9.
Answered by Tan CL from SINGAPORE | Oct. 13, 2018 05:09

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