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Shantou, a beautiful harbor city in Guangdong Province, China, is located in the southeast of East Asia and on the west shores of the Pacific Ocean. As one of the five Special Economic Zones of China, the government of Shantou has undertaken extensive projects to improve the infrastructure of the city during the last 30 years. 


Shantou is the hometown of many overseas Chinese with more than 4 million people from Shantou living in over 40 regions and countries across the world. The local dialect is Chaoshan dialect. Chaozhou opera, Gongfu Tea, and Chaozhou music are all Chaoshan specialties. Shantou is also renowned as the hometown of Chaoshan cuisine.


Chaoshan people are known for their talent in entrepreneurship. Famous Chaoshan entrepreneurs are around the globe, such as Li Ka-Shing, the president of Li Ka-Shing Foundation; Xie Guomin, President of Thailand Chia Tai Group; and Pony Ma, the CEO of Tencent. Shantou is the perfect combination of profound traditional culture and modern business culture.


On December 16, 2015, the cities of Shantou and Haifa became sister cities.

By overcoming many challenges, Shantou is poised to become a new economic growth hub, benefiting from the opportunities that will flow from the collaboration with the Technion and from the establishment of a Sino-Israeli Innovation Industrial Park & Economic and Cultural Cooperation Experimental Zone.

Major industries in Shantou are plastic products, toys, textiles, printing, packaging, machinery (electrical and mechanical), and chemicals. Leading export products are electronic and mechanical goods, textiles, plastics and toys.


Long coastal lines and a pleasant subtropical marine climate provide the city with many tourist attractions. These include the beautiful Sangpu hills surrounding STU and GTIIT, natural beaches and exquisite islands like Nan Ao, together with the marine scenery of the harbor. Some citizens take advantage of the rich seaside resources to operate resort areas that provide facilities and services for tourists.

In addition, the Tropic of Cancer traverses the south of the city, making it a place to enjoy the mild winter in China.

(The picture shows a
female charactor in Chao Opera.
Photo by Huang Songhui)

Chao-Shan culture, which is named after Shantou and Chaozhou, is one of the most unique in China. Chaoshan culture is a culture of southern Guangdong culture with a history of more than two thousand years, and is produced and developed from the integration of Central Plains culture of China and overseas culture.


Teochew, the Chaoshan dialect, maintains many old Chinese pronunciations and vocabulary that have been lost among modern dialects in China. As such, many linguists consider Teochew one of the most well-preserved ancient Chinese dialects. 


The Chao music is well known for its dulcet melody, varying rhythms and peculiar instruments, while the Chao opera is renowned for its beautiful arias, and various acting roles.


Teochew opera, sung in Chaoshan dialect, is an ancient traditional opera drama with more than 400 years of history.

There are Teochew opera performances every Friday night in the Shantou Huiru Theatre in central Shantou.



The Chao cuisine, one of the famous Cantonese cuisines, features delicate food, and enjoys a leading reputation in China. Most dishes are cooked with seafood and various seasonings with a fresh taste, light but delicious. The most popular snack is beef balls


The locals are fond of Kungfu tea. Oolong tea are their first choice. They make tea using exquisite tea sets with fastidious formality and etiquette, which is regarded as China's Teaism. Enjoying a cup of Kungfu tea (in tiny cups) has become one of the most popular forms of nightlife throughout China.



1. Shopping Malls: For example, Suning Plaza, Xinghu Commercial City and Hesheng department stores.

2. Zhujiang Road Food Street: including North/South China flavors such as Hunan, Sichuan, North, Hakka and, Chao cuisines as well as Western food.

3. Xinxi Food Street: mainly offers seafood and beef hotpot.

Getting around Shantou is simple by bus, taxi, and bicycle, while China's extensive high-speed rail network allows you to easily explore this vast and fascinating country.



The most cost-effective public transportation is taking a bus, which usually costs only two RMB per trip.

Daily bus lines:

No. 6 (STU - Shantou Train Station): 06:00 - 22:00; via Tuopu, Jinhu West Road, International Hotel, Junhua Hotel, Global Mansion, Middle of Zhuchi Road.

No. 17 (Square Ferry - Liantang Xinliao): 06:00 - 17:00; via Buttercup Sculpture, Bus Terminal, Housing Project.

No. 21 (Liantang Xinliao - South of Fengze Garden): 06:00 - 22:00; via Longquan Mountain, Jinhu West Road, North of Jinxin Road, Shantou Daily, South of Jinxin Road, South of Times Square, Zhongtai Residential Quarters, Jintao Residential Quarters.

No. 27 (STU - Guangxia New Town): 06:30 - 19:00; via TV Tower, Furong Residential Quarters, West of Changjiang Road, End of Huanghe Road, the Second Affiliated Hospital of STU.

No. 39 (STU - Shantou Train Station): 06:30 - 19:00; via TV Tower, Bus Terminal, Shantou China Travel Agency, End of Dongxia South Road, Convention Center, New City Square, Yangguang Hai'an Residential Quarters.

No. 41 (Liantang Xinliao - Qishan Passenger Station): 6:30—17:30;via Tuopu, Agricultural Science and Technology Park, Dongfeng Printing Company,  Huaxin Residence Community.

No.181B (STU - Chaoshan High Speed Rail Station): 7:30 - 18:30; via Longquan Rock, Housing Project, End of Daxue Road, Agricultural Science and Technology Zone, Qishan Bus Terminal, Chao'an Station, Chao'an Road, County People's Hospital, Caitang Station.

Direct nonstop bus lines on weekends: STU - Times Square

STU Campus - Times Square: 09:00/ 13:00/ 19:00

Times Square - STU Campus: 11:00/ 17:00/ 22:00

* This bus line is unavailable during winter and summer holiday.


Weekly shopping trips:STU - Xing Hu Commercial City (This shuttle bus line is arranged by the International Office of STU for international faculty ).

Time: 14:00-16:30, Saturday

* Biweekly shopping trips will be arranged during the winter vacation.


You can download an app called “DiDi”, which is similar to Uber. With this app you can call a taxi any time, any where. The rates are clearly visible on the body of the cab.



Bike-share services are provided on GTIIT and STU campuses. Just download the relevant bike sharing app on your mobile phone, and you can use the nearest bicycle rental service. Rental costs are very reasonable; they vary slightly depending on bicycle color.




Studying at GTIIT gives you the opportunity to explore other parts of China, which can be reached by the national high-speed rail network, or long distance coach. Alternatively, you can take flights to domestic and international destinations.




It is convenient to get to other major cities including Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Wuhan, and Chengdu by high-speed train. Tickets can be purchased online and picked up at outlets downtown, or directly at the train station. The "Chaoshan High-speed Railway Station" is about 40 minutes' drive from the GTIIT campus.



Shantou is one of the 45 main highway hub cities, and this network is very convenient for traveling. Shantou Intercity Passenger Stations is about 30 minutes drive from GTIIT.



Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport( IATA: SWA), which is a 40-minute ride from the GTIIT campus, has domestic connections with most major cities in China and also serves international flights to HongKong, Bangkok, Singapore, Taichung, Naypyidaw, and Seoul.



Shantou is the only city with continental sea in China, and boasts picturesque scenery and fascinating tourist attracti... MORE
Photo by Fang Ganming, Zheng Kanghua, Li Min
Shantou is the only city with continental sea in China, and boasts picturesque scenery and fascinating tourist attractions --

Nanao: It is the biggest and unique island county in Guangdong Province with blue sky, blue sea, green island, golden sand, and white waves as its key hues. Qing’ao Bay, Guangdong A-Class Bathing Beach, is famous for its clean water and soft sand. Besides, there is a “natural botanic garden “—Huanghua Mountain National Forest Park, a “heaven of migrant birds” – Island Nature Reserve, the first island wind-power plant in Asia, and more than 50 historical sites such as Commander-in-Chief Mansion, the Southern Song Dynasty Well, and Xiongzhen Pass. Bus lines: No. 27/39/21/41/6 transfer No.161a

Queshi Scenic Resort: Sea, mountains, rocks, and caves are the key elements of this resort, which features magnificent scenery, elegance, beauty, and quietness. A full view of Shantou city can be enjoyed across the sea by standing on Piaoran Pavilion. Bus lines: No. 17/39 transfer Square Ferry

Niu Tian Yang: This beautiful landscape is close to GTIIT, and can be reached by bike. Tourists can enjoy lotus ponds and golden rice fields all the way from the entry of Tuoji South Road to the Niu Tian Yang Levee, and appreciate the wonderful view of sea, sky, and sunset on the levee.

Zhongxin Golden Coast:This spot attracts a great number of tourists for the picturesque scenery, pleasant climate, coastline stretching for miles, and special villa groups. Bus lines: No. 6/ 17/ 39 transfer No. 33.


Shantou dialect, customs, folk art, and religion are derived from the Central Plains and developed with distinct local ... MORE
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Shantou dialect, customs, folk art, and religion are derived from the Central Plains and developed with distinct local characteristics such as special activities for the Lantern Festival (Biggest Pig Ranking, Biggest Goose Ranking, Dragging Statues of Gods, Scrambling for Dragon Head), exquisite Chaozhou Opera, Chaozhou Music, folk arts (woodcarving, drawnwork, papercutting, ceramic inlay), Chaozhou Gong and Drum Beating, Yingge Dance, Centipede Dance, Chinese Dragon Dance, and so on.


Most of the local buildings are of distinct Lingnan style and show a combination of Chinese and Western elements, with ... MORE
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Most of the local buildings are of distinct Lingnan style and show a combination of Chinese and Western elements, with rich cultural characteristics and gorgeous details.

Xiao Gong Yuan (Shantou Old Community): Located in the old city district, it was the most prosperous commercial center of Shantou in 1930s and becomes the historic symbol of Shantou as a commercial port for over one hundred years. Its surrounding roads, like Anping Road, Shengping Road, and Guoping Road, provide good access. The Department Store in this community, Nansheng Company, was established with funds raised by the Overseas Group in 1932, and is a symbolic building of the old community and even Shantou.

There are some buildings in other classical architectural styles, both Chinese and Western, that are worth a visit, such as Xiang Yuan (No. 155, Wai Ma Road), Gui Yuan (No. 23, Gong Yuan Road), and Bin Yuan (opposite to Gui Yuan).

Former Residence of Chen Cihong: built by the Chen Cihong family which lived overseas in the Qing Dynasty, this house integrates Chinese and Western architectural styles with pavilions and winding corridors. It is one of the key cultural relics that are protected in Guangdong province.
Address: Qianmei Village, Longdu Town, Chenghai District
Public transportation route: take bus No.21 or 27, then transfer to No. 102 and then transfer to No. 103


Small museums and parks in downtown areas of Shantou are as follows: Shantou Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum: di... MORE
Photo by Fang Ganming, Li Min
Small museums and parks in downtown areas of Shantou are as follows:

Shantou Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum: displays traditional artistic treasures like Chaoshan folk music, folk dance, folk fine arts, traditional drama, and traditional craftsmanship. Address: No.149, Waima Road

Customs History Museum: also called Chao Hai Guan Bell Tower because of a rounded western-style bell carved on the top of its main entrance. Before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the time of the bell was the standard time of Shantou. As one of the first buildings that were built after Shantou opened as a commercial port, it has witnessed the great changes of Shantou during the past century. Address: No.2 Waima Road

Commercial Port Culture Museum: shows the development of Shantou after it opened as a commercial port in 1860. Address: No. 1 Yongping Road

Shantou Post Office Building: the first official post office set up in Shantou after it was approved by the Qing Government in 1897. It was one of the first 25 post offices throughout the country. The architectural style of the Shantou post office building is Continental. This building has witnessed the development of postal communication of Shantou after it opened as a commercial port. Address: No. 24 Waima Road

Zhongshan Park: the largest park with the longest history and deep cultural heritage in eastern Guangdong. The decorated archway, artificial hill, and zigzag bridge are the three most famous scenic spots in the park. The bottom of the artificial hill is engraved with a mural showing the prosperous commercial port in the 1930s.

There are also other parks for leisure and entertainment such as Shipaotai Park, Xidi Park, Danying Ecological Gardens, and Blue Mercury Theme Park.


Special festivals in Shantou: Spring Festival: during the Spring Festival every year, some areas of Shantou hold a s... MORE
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Special festivals in Shantou:

Spring Festival: during the Spring Festival every year, some areas of Shantou hold a spectacular activity called the Biggest Pig Ranking. It celebrates a good year, with wishes for a golden harvest and thriving domestic animals next year. Address: Chenghai District, Yuepu Street, Jinping District

Lantern Festival: on the fifteenth day of the first month of the lunar new year, there is a lantern parade of large scale held in Shantou. The city is lit by lanterns and decorated with colorful flags, which attracts a lot of people. Address: city center of Shantou

Peach Blossom Festival: February and March are the periods when peach trees are in full bloom in Shantou. The pink sea of flowers becomes an attractive tourist destination in spring. Address: Jvfeng Tourist Zone in Haojiang District

Waxberry Festival: around June every year, Waxberry festival is held in Xihu Town of Chaoyang District. One can enjoy the beautiful idyllic scenery while tasting the sweet waxberries.

Bo’ke Food Festival: Bo’ke (thin shell) is one of the most representative Chaozhou foods. Around July to October every year, Bo’ke Food Festival is held in Yanhong Town of Chenghai District. Visitors may enjoy delicious food and use bo’ke to make handicrafts.


People in Chaoshan area are ingenious. Handicrafts like Chaozhou embroidery, drawnwork, stone caving, porcelain carving... MORE
Photo by Huang Songshu, Li Min
People in Chaoshan area are ingenious. Handicrafts like Chaozhou embroidery, drawnwork, stone caving, porcelain carving, wood carving, micro calligraphy, paper-cuts, and painting within a vase are well-known at home and abroad.

Chaozhou embroidery: as a major category of Guangdong embroidery, Chaozhou embroidery is famous for its delicate craftsmanship, balanced composition, as well as its bright and vivid colors. Chaozhou embroidery is very different from other kinds of embroidery. It enjoys a high reputation in the world.

Drawnwork: one kind of embroidery which features multilayer hollow-out and exquisite spatial art.

Porcelain carving: the origin of porcelain carving can be traced back to the Wanli period of the Ming Dynasty. Pieces of Exquisite porcelain of different colors are chosen and carved into different shapes and then used to decorate the roof, eave and front wall of traditional buildings to create a lively celestial world with auspicious meaning. (visit site: Cunxin Shantang, No. 57 Waima road)

Shantou Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum: displays 43 items of intangible cultural heritage so that people can have a deeper understanding of their history. Address: Shantou Cultural Center, No. 149 Waima Road


There are various recreational places in the city. Malls, cinemas, restaurants, clubs, bars, and coffee houses can be e... MORE
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There are various recreational places in the city. Malls, cinemas, restaurants, clubs, bars, and coffee houses can be easily found in the east city downtown area. Hotels and hostels of all standards can be easily found throughout the city. Moreover, the rates are reasonable and relatively lower than other coastal cities in southern China.

Xing Hu Commercial City
Location: No. 179 East Jinsha Road, Longhu District
Shops: Wal-Mart, McDonald's, Watsons, Springfield, Columbia, Levi's, Converse, Adidas, Zara, Nike, Puma, Apple, Samsung, Star International Cineplex, and many more…

Suning Plaza
Location: at the crossing of Jinhuan Road and Changping Road, Longhu District
Brands: Longines, Tissot, Uniqlo, H&M, New Balance, Starbucks, Haagen-Dazs, Watsons, Hengdian Cinema, and many more…

He Sheng Department Store
Location: No. 23 Changjiang Road, Longhu District
Shops: Lotus Department Store, KFC, Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Levi's, He Sheng Cinema, and many more…

Lotus Center
Location: at the crossing of Dongxia Road and Huashan Road, Longhu District
Brands: Lotus, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, KFC, UA IMAX, and many more…

Tel: 86-0754-88077088、88077060

Address: 241 Daxue Road, Jinping District, Shantou, Guangdong Province, China

Postal Code:515063