Set on the South China Sea, Shantou is a dynamic city offering history, culture and sizzling Cantonese cuisine. You can tour a 19th-century mansion, take part in traditional tea ceremonies and learn about China's cultural revolution. Just offshore is one of the country's most beautiful islands.
Things to do in Shantou
Chen Cihong Memorial Home is a beautiful complex built by a wealthy businessman in the 19th century. The building features over 500 rooms and is dotted with beautifully carved pavilions, terraces and verandas. The property often hosts puppet shows, handicraft fairs and tea ceremonies.
The Cultural Revolution Museum honours those who fought for freedom in the 1960s and 70s. It's set in Tashan Park and features a moving public memorial wall engraved with the names of those who lost their lives during the socio-political movement.
A short bus ride from Shantou, Nan'ao Island showcases the natural beauty of Guangdong Province. It was named one of China's most beautiful islands by National Geographic and is dotted with sandy beaches, secluded bays and lush forests.
Don't miss the Times Square Light Show, a spectacular performance featuring colourful LEDs and choreographed music. The square is lined with street-food stalls serving delicious Cantonese cuisine, including barbecue pork buns, soup dumplings, beef fried noodles and egg tarts.
Getting around Shantou
Shantou is serviced by local buses, with most calling at People’s Square in the city centre. Taxis are also available or you can explore the city on foot or by using the bike-share program. Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport is a one-hour drive from Shantou.