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Exploring Shantou

Since the 19th century, the coastal city of Shantou has been an important centre of trade for the province of Guangdong. Nowadays, it is the centre of finance and commerce for the province, and was one of the first Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in China. Despite its rise to prominence during the SEZs movement of the 1980s, Shantou is still much more subdued in comparison to similar cities, like Shenzhen and Zhuhai. Tourism is growing but it’s still not a prevalent industry in the city. Nevertheless, there are numerous highlights, including the historic city centre and the Project 211 Shantou University.

Abundant accommodation, from extravagant, four-star lodgings to mid-range hotels, are available in Shantou. Tourists will adore the tea-drinking culture here, with the city’s population consuming more tea than the residents any other place in China. Getting around Shantou is best done by taxi or via the public bus network.

Sights nearby

Shantou’s main sights primarily rest within or around the downtown district. As a result, there are plenty of hotels in the city centre, which has easy links to landmarks outside the heart of Shantou.

Shantou city centre
Even though Shantou does not boast the tourism reputation of Shenzhen and other major Guangdong cities, it is still a fascinating place to explore, especially within the city centre. The heart of the city not only boasts wonderful attractions like Zhongshan Park and the Shantou Museum, but it’s close to other landmarks, such as the mesmerising old town, the Cultural Revolution Museum, and Chen Cihong’s former residence. The centre is also where most hotels are found, including the inexpensive Jinjiang Inn Shantou Hengshan Road, which is a great choice for business travellers and holidaymakers alike.

Jieyang Chaoshan Airport
Servicing more than two million passengers each year, Jieyang Chaoshan Airport is the main airport servicing the city, along with Jieyang and Chaozhou. It contains two terminals: one for domestic flights and the other for international flights. China Southern Airlines uses the airport as a hub facility, while Tianjin Airlines and China Eastern Airlines offer more than half-a-dozen regular routes from the airport each.

Shantou University
Even though Shantou University is not old, it is a historic part of the city’s landscape. This large, Project 211 tertiary learning institution on the northwestern outskirts of Shantou was founded in 1981. Its large campus and stunning scenery are accompanied by vibrant building designs, making it an eye-catching landmark. Altogether, there are about 26,000 students currently enrolled at the university. The welcoming Greentree Inn Shantou Tianshan Road Hotel is only 10kms away.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

Shantou’s central districts are home to the best shopping spots in the city. Chang Ping Lu and Jin Hua Lu are the busiest shopping streets, while the Nanguo Shopping Mall is large enough to explore for a few hours. Restaurants serving mostly local cuisine are located across the city, along with a growing number of international eateries. Though there is vibrant nightlife in Shantou, there is still a unique evening culture at play here, too. Tea houses are popular and visiting one is an absolute must. If tourists need to enjoy an active night out, they should head to the Longhu district where many of the brightest and the liveliest bars are situated.

Public transport

Even though there is a train station in Shantou, it only serves regional and national train connections. For local transport, the bus is the main form of getting around and although vehicles are not modern, they are inexpensive. Ferries and taxis offer alternative ways to get around the city.