Explore the friendly harbor city of Shantou, where sweeping coastlines are dotted with inviting beaches and picturesque islands. Located on the eastern coast of China’s Guangdong Province, the city is renowned for its tea traditions and colorful culture. Discover all of its treasures from the Sheraton Shantou Hotel, ideally situated on Changping Road in the Central Business District. Near offices and shops, it is just a 50-minute drive from Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport (SWA) and five kilometers from the railway station. Government offices and the Convention and Exhibition Center are within walking distance.
Get a glimpse of the city’s impressive history at the Shantou Museum, which houses everything from pottery, jade, and paintings to woodcarvings and ancient coins. Admire additional relics—including exquisite statues, carvings, and calligraphy—at Chen Cihong’s former residence. Comprising four impressive classic Chinese structures, the residence’s first house was built in the early 1900s and subsequently added on to by the wealthy Chinese businessman’s family.
Explore the outdoors at the CITIC Golf Club, one of China’s top-rated courses. Nature lovers will also enjoy a stroll through historic Zhongshan Park, featuring five bridges and a boat ride on its lake. If you’re a bird lover, be sure to bring along a pair of binoculars, as Shantou is home to over 90 avian species. Or hop on a boat to Guangdong’s most beautiful island, Nan Ao Island, where you can splash in the ocean waves, visit Huanghua Mountain’s calligraphy cliff carvings, or soak tired muscles at an extraordinary natural seawater bathhouse.
Back on the mainland, walk along Shantou Harbour and note two magnificent bridges: the Shantou Gulf Bridge and the Queshi Bridge. Along with the Symbolic Tower of the Tropic of Cancer, they are among the city’s most prominent landmarks. Catch a performance of the unique Chaoju Opera, and be sure to shop for the city’s famous pottery, porcelain, embroidery, stone sculptures, and shell carvings.