Chaozhou (潮州; Diê 5 ziu 1 in Teochew, Cháozhōu in Mandarin) is a city in Guangdong Province in China.
Despite many residents having relatives in the much more international city of Hong Kong and in overseas Chinese communities, non-Chinese visitors are not common here so expect some friendly curiosity and attempts at conversation from people if you visit, especially from kids and teenagers who know a little bit of English. The city is developing with China's economic expansion, so visitors and facets of Western culture, while still infrequent, are becoming more common.
By planeChaozhou does not have its own airport. The nearest airport is Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport (SWA) in Jieyang. It also serves international flights to Hong Kong and Bangkok on China Southern Airlines as well as to Singapore on Jetstar Asia and Taiwan.
Guangzhou Baiyun Airport (CAN) offers Intercity Bus service. You can stay at Shantou Tourist General Corporation. The price of the ticket is ¥20 each.
By trainThe Shenzhen to Shanghai high speed rail has a stop at Chaoshan, which serves both Chaozhou and Shantou. From Chaoshan rail station, north exit, take a frequently running city bus to Chaozhou city center (about 45 minutes, ¥5).
By busFrom Shantou, there are regularly scheduled buses to Chaozhou from the China Travel Services bus station, for about Y18-19.
By taxiFrom Shantou, you can take taxis （45 min - 1 hour, ¥15) at the intersection of the Shantou Radio & Television station (汕头市广播电视台） along Chaoshan road (潮汕路）. The taxi drivers will stop along the way to pull additional passengers in.
- Try to walk as the main old parts of Chaozhou are easily walkable.
- Take a taxi is the fastest simplest way to travel longer distances and is relatively inexpensive from ¥20-30. If you are staying at a hotel, they can page a taxi for you and help you with heading to your intended location.
- Try a bicycle if you have one or can find a rental business. Just make sure to pack a face mask on heavy pollution days.
- Try a bus, if you are up for excitement. Bus stops are found all throughout the city.
Chaozhou Museumphone: +86 768-2231362address: Intersection of Fu'an Road and Chaozhou Avenue, Xiangqiao District (湘桥区福安路与潮州大道交叉口)Chaozhou's main museum.
Yi Gardenphone: +86 768 2228966address: 15 Dong Zhong Cheng JiaoA museum and art gallery that tells the life story of Rao Zongyi, artist and sinologist.
Chaozhou Old City Wall2.6 km long.
Guangji BridgeIt was built in the Southern Song Dynasty (1170 AD), a bridge partly made of small boats. It was rebuilt a few years ago and now costs ¥60 to cross (one way). You may have seen a model of it in the old Guangdong Provincial Museum.
JiadixiangAncient family houses.
The Lighthouse of BuddhaThe lighthouse was used for boats in the Hanjiang river as this part of the river was dangerous. The lighthouse could remind people that they were in Chaozhou area and ought to be careful. It is said a former emperor once passed in his dragon boat while he was sleeping and was woken by the light from this lighthouse. He thought it must have been a bodhisattva sending him the light and therefore named it the Lighthouse of Buddha.
The old site of Song KilnShows the scale of production and the exquisite craftsmanship of ceramic in ancient Chaozhou.
Xu Imperial Son-in-law Mansionaddress: North Ma Road, Xiangqiao District (湘桥区北马路; Xiāngqiáoqū Běimǎlù)Retains the basic pattern of the architecture of the Song Dynasty.
Jiluehuang Templephone: +86 768 2228244address: Yian Road, Xiangqiao District (湘桥区义安路; Xiāngqiáoqū Yìānlù)Displaying the wood carving art of Chaozhou in the Qing Dynasty.
Kaiyuan Templephone: +86 768 2225571address: 32 Kaiyuan Road, Xiangqiao District (湘桥区开元路32号; Xiāngqiáoqū Kāiyuánlù)Buddhist center embodied with the quintessence of the architectural art of various dynasties such as the Tang, the Song, the Yuan and the Qing. This temple is over 200 years old. The temple is also home to the most influential Buddhism Study Institute in Southeast China. Inside, handsome calligraphy and inscribed steles remind visitors that this temple once functioned as the record keeper of the city.
Chaozhou People's SquareThe city's main public square.
West LakeThere is a museum in the park, which has a unique collection of stones with natural geological markings representing (or resembling) Chinese characters. There is also a small crumbling historical building (revolutionary site) and a large modern phoenix at the top of a hill, with an interesting old painting of ancient Chaozhou.
Nike StoreNear the main McDonald's is a licensed Nike Store. Next to it is a licensed Addidas store.
Lianhua Vegetarian Restaurantphone: +86 768 2238033address: Kaiyuan Square (Kaiyuan Guangchang)Vegetarian chain restaurant also found in Shantou and Jieyang.
phone: +867682681091address: China, 广东省潮州市湘桥区新桥东路南片1、3、5号商铺首、二层A standard high quality McDonald's with free Wi-Fi as long as you have a mobile phone that can receive a text message. You can get stable food here 24 hours a day, and coffee.
Pizza HutStandard Pizza Hut is across the street from the main McDonalds.
KFCStandard KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) is across the street from the main McDonald's.
Yunhe HotelNo English sign. Some rooms have a large balcony. Well run, good value.