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Shantou Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 9 photos

Shantou Guangdong


Shantou is located on the south east coast of China. You can find more information on the history of Shantou through myshantou.net.

If you are visiting Shantou - you are most likely in the business of Toys or Garments. If you are doing toys you have a wide variety of trading companies that can offer you thousands of toys - but in case you are looking for a company that can understand your needs, and provide quick and easy quotations at reasonable and competitive prices, then contact us at Best Fashion Limited.

Shantou also has a wide variety of Garment manufacturers , including sweaters and underwear, and Ceramics.

I will not discuss business here, but if you need any information, you can contact me at peetumelwani@gmail.com

How to get around

The rickshaws are the best ways to get around short distances. Usually a 10minute ride should not cost more than 5 RMB.

Taxis are smelly, but they are the only way to get to Chenghai and other remote places (In case your factory does not pick you up). You can negotiate a fixed fare instead of using the meter.

Hotels can also arrange for a car and driver to take you around for the day , or per hour.

Getting to other cities.
There are buses which go to Shenzen, Guangzhou at regular intervals (every 30mins). You can usually get information from the major hotels such as the golden gulf hotel business center.


Buses to Hong Kong
There are 3 buses that go to Hong Kong twice a day.

Regency Bus > I think departing daily at 9am and 4pm. Try to get the exit row seat at the back. Regency Hotel.

In Hong Kong it stops at Yau Ma Tei YMCA, and somewhere in Hong Kong side

Golden Gulf > departing daily at 8am and 2pm, i think. At Golden Gulf Hotel

Stops at Kowloon Tong and Tsim Sha Tsui.


Meritus > The most comfortable bus by far. Has a few stops along the way but the seats are super luxurious.

In Hong Kong, it stops at Fanling, Sha Tin, and Tsuen Wan.

Usually buses to hong kong will stop half way for a break, and again at the border where you need to take your ALL your bags and pass immigratoin. Then get on the bus again to go to the Hong Kong border where you have to get off again and pass the Hong Kong immigration. It sounds like a tedious process, but its not too bad.

Note: Exit and Entry Forms must be filled both ways.


Flights : You can also arrange flights at the hotel business center. Usually air tickets have fixed prices, and you'll pay a small surcharge using the hotel's business center. In my opinion The golden gulf Hotel has the best business center in town with english speaking staff.

note: this was updated on Oct 09. Things may have changed.

Hotels and Things to do ..

Apart from Business, there is not much to do here in terms of sight seeing. There are some unique spots but most people come here for the business.

Although Shantou has a huge population and tall buildings, it feels like a small coastal village. People here are simple and more or less kind. The rude or gross behaviour you sometimes find here is a result of the culture, or simply the lack of education for some locals. Most of them are kind hearted people.

There isn't a whole lot to do here. There are some beaches (albiet dirty), and some nice landscapes but generally this place , having that small village feel to it , is quite boring at times. There is a small expatriate group here, mostly working in trade, or teaching english. If you see us, feel free to say hello.

For shopping : nothing that beats the malls and trendy shops in Shanghai or Hong Kong . Main shopping areas in Shantou are on Chang Ping Lu , and also Jin Hua Lu (at the corner of the Golden gulf hotel). (Lu stands for street in mandarin). Here you can find Dvds, Clothes, Factory outlet shopping and several restaurants.

You can also find Wal Mart (behind the golden gulf hotel on Changping Lu) - which sells everything and anything possibly needed.

When it comes to getting information, i find the hotel to be your best source. Specifically the Golden gulf hotel's business center. Their staff are highly educated. And although i find the hotel to be a little run down, the staff three are not!


I will list the best hotels in order of quality (according to me)
*note: prices are estimated.

Meritus Hotel
Mertius hotel is a decent hotel which has a modern appeal. Its the only hotel that has locations internationally. There is a decent coffee shop that has a decent buffet. Its not amazing, but it is the best in town. The Chinese restaurant is also quite good. The Gym and indoor swimming pool is also the best in town. avg rate is 520RMB

Regency Hotel
Regency rooms are big, but slightly old. They do suffice. If the rate is the same, i'd go for the Meritus. The hotel is larger but older than the Meritus, The outdoor swimming pool is quite nice but the gym isn't. Service should be comparable to the Meritus. 400Rmb

Golden Gulf
This hotel is the oldest of the three 5 star hotels. Usually the rate is 100rmb cheaper than the Meritus or the Regency. If you are looking for a bed to sleep on, then this should suffice. 360 RMB

International hotel
Decent rooms, but a little run down. $200RMB


Places to party

>> LA CAFE - (not LA Bar) - has a great ambience, live band, food and drinks

>> Il Saint - a great joint for drinks and food

>Sunglow (behind Golden Gulf) - for a live band and a game of pool
>La Bar (next to Meritus or opposite the golden gulf hotel) - for more upbeat music including trance and some RnB. They also have a seperate lounge are with internet access. and KTV rooms

>LA Pub (below La Bar) for a more quiet ambience.

>Wine bar - A large selection of wine and a comfortable ambience at reasonable prices. Ausino on Changping lu, and Wine Cellar on Jin Hua Lu.

>Mp3 for a Chinese disco feel

> KTV go to Happy days on Jinsha Lu ( few mintues walk from the Golden Gulf [turn right after exiting the hotel]). Most clubs have KTV.


Pros and Cons
  • Pros:big city - small town
  • Cons:big city - small town
  • In a nutshell:not the china you expect
  • Last visit to Shantou: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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