Shantou, Guangdong Province, China

Economy | Development zone | Tourist Industry

🇨🇳 Shantou, alternately Swatow and sometimes known as Santow, is a prefecture-level city on the eastern coast of Guangdong, China. However, its built-up (or metro) area is much bigger including Rongcheng and Jiedong districts, Jiexi county and Puning city in Jieyang plus all of Chaozhou city largely conurbated. This is de facto the 5th built-up area in mainland China between Hangzhou-Shaoxing, Xian-Xianyang and Tianjin.

Shantou, a city significant in 19th century Chinese history as one of the treaty ports established for Western trade and contact, was one of the original special economic zones of China established in the 1980s, but did not blossom in the manner that cities such as Shenzhen, Xiamen and Zhuhai did. However, it remains eastern Guangdong's economic centre, and is home to Shantou University, which is under the provincial Project 211 program in Guangdong.

There are 3 railway stations which serve Shantou: Chaoshan Railway Station and Chaoyang railway station which lie on the Xiamen-Shenzhen Railway line, and Shantou Railway Station which lies on the Guangzhou–Meizhou–Shantou Railway and is under construction for the Guangzhou-Shanwei-Shantou 350 km/h high speed railway.


Economy Shantou's economy is medium by Guangdong standards. Manufacturing accounts for a large and increasing share of employment. Canning, garments, lithography, plastic, and toys are some of the principal products. Toy manufacturing is the city's leading export industry, with 400 million U.S. dollars worth of exports each year. Canaton Calculator Co. is a multinational electronic devices manufacturing company.

Guiyu, a populous town in Chaoyang District, is the biggest electronic waste site on earth. Health-environmental issues incurred have concerned international organisations such as Greenpeace.

In 2000, the biggest tax fraud in the history of the People's Republic of China was uncovered, estimated worthy of 32.3 billion yuan.

In 2017, the analysed data of Shantou GDP is approximately 230 billion yuan(US$35.4 billion).


Development zone With an area of 2.34 km² (0.90 sq mi), Shantou Free Trade Zone lies at the south part of Shantou city. It was ratified by the State Council of the People's Republic of China and founded in January 1993, and it formally came into use on December of the same year after its supervision installations were checked and accepted by the General Administration of Customs. It has been comprehensively developing export processing, storage, international trade, finance and information industry. Its goal is to establish a modernised international zone that is open to overseas by drawing experience from international free trade zones.


Tourist Industry • Shantou Times Square light show (19:00-21:00 on Friday and weekend) • Shipaotai Park (石炮台公园; Shí pàotái gōngyuán) • Chen Cihong's Former Residence (陈慈黉故居; Chén Cíhóng gùjū) • Nan'ao Island, rated as Guangdong's most beautiful island by China's National Geographic magazine • Palace-Temple of Old Mother (老妈宫; Lǎo Mā gōng): dedicated to Mazu, Goddess of Sea • Temple of Emperor Guan (关帝庙; Guān Dì miào): dedicated to Lord Guan • Tropic of Cancer Symbol Tower (北回归线标志塔; Běihuíguīxiàn biāozhìtǎ): The Tropic of Cancer slips through Centipede Mountain, which is 20 km away from the city properly. • Shantou Museum (汕头博物馆; Shàntóu bówùguǎn): An art museum. • Shantou Founding Museum (汕头开埠博物馆; Shàntóu kāibù bówùguǎn): This history museum is devoted to the establishment of Swatow (Shantou) as a treaty port in the 19th century, not to be confused with Shantou Museum. • Old town of Swatow and Dr. Sun Yat-sen memorial pavilion (汕头老市区和中山纪念亭; Shàntóu lǎo shìqū hé Zhōngshān jìniàntíng) • East Coast Avenue (东海岸大道; Dōng hǎi'àn Dàdào)

The Shantou Cultural Revolution Museum (文革博物馆; Wéngé bówùguǎn) was the country's only museum dedicated to the Cultural Revolution. It closed in 2016.

Shantou, Guangdong Province, China 
<b>Shantou, Guangdong Province, China</b>
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Shantou is rated Climate by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation.

Shantou was ranked #907 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Shantou has a population of over 2,400,000 people. Shantou also forms the centre of the wider Shantou prefecture which has a population of over 5,391,028 people.

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Twin Towns, Sister Cities Shantou has links with:

🇹🇭 Bangkok, Thailand 🇻🇳 Cần Thơ, Vietnam 🇦🇱 Durrës, Albania 🇦🇺 Fairfield, Australia 🇺🇸 Federal Way, USA 🇮🇱 Haifa, Israel 🇲🇾 Johor Bahru, Malaysia 🇷🇺 Khabarovsk, Russia 🇯🇵 Kishiwada, Japan 🇵🇹 Leiria, Portugal 🇬🇦 Libreville, Gabon 🇨🇷 Puntarenas, Costa Rica 🇰🇷 Pyeongtaek, South Korea 🇨🇦 Saint John, Canada
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    🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 Architect Clough Williams-Ellis is associated with Shantou. He was an active supporter of the National Trust, and the Council for the Protection of Rural England.

North of: 23.371

🇴🇲 Rustaq 23.383

🇨🇳 Mengzi 23.396

🇮🇳 Manteswar 23.417

🇧🇩 Cumilla 23.438

🇧🇩 Savar 23.44

🇧🇩 Comilla 23.45

🇧🇷 Guarulhos 23.455

🇨🇳 Chenghua 23.461

🇹🇼 Chiayi 23.467

🇮🇳 Modasa 23.47

South of: 23.371

🇨🇳 Huadu 23.367

🇨🇳 Honghe 23.36

🇮🇳 Ranchi 23.349

🇮🇳 Ratlam 23.334

🇮🇳 Raisen 23.33

🇮🇳 Kadi 23.301

🇹🇼 Xinying 23.3

🇧🇩 Naria 23.3

🇮🇳 Kadana 23.29

🇨🇳 Puning 23.288

East of: 116.708

🇨🇳 Changqing 116.754

🇨🇳 Chenghua 116.77

🇨🇳 Feicheng 116.772

🇨🇳 Huaibei 116.798

🇮🇩 Balikpapan 116.823

🇨🇳 Cangzhou 116.839

🇮🇩 Taliwang 116.867

🇨🇳 Jinghai 116.917

🇨🇳 Gaoze 116.917

🇨🇳 Suzhou 116.964

West of: 116.708

🇨🇳 Guangyang 116.7

🇨🇳 Langfang 116.684

🇨🇳 Shunyi 116.661

🇨🇳 Tongzhou 116.644

🇨🇳 Yucheng 116.638

🇨🇳 Huairou 116.632

🇨🇳 Chaozhou 116.622

🇨🇳 Xiangqiao 116.617

🇨🇳 Jining 116.587

🇨🇳 Fengcheng 116.582

Antipodal to Shantou is: -63.292,-23.371

Locations Near: Shantou 116.708,23.371

🇨🇳 Chenghua 116.77,23.461 d: 11.9  

🇨🇳 Chaozhou 116.622,23.658 d: 33.1  

🇨🇳 Xiangqiao 116.617,23.667 d: 34.2  

🇨🇳 Jieyang 116.373,23.551 d: 39.6  

🇨🇳 Puning 116.161,23.288 d: 56.6  

🇨🇳 Meizhou 116.122,24.289 d: 118.2  

🇨🇳 Meijiang 116.1,24.3 d: 120.4  

🇨🇳 Meixian 116.117,24.317 d: 121.1  

🇨🇳 Donghai 115.652,22.919 d: 119.1  

🇨🇳 Lufeng 115.652,22.919 d: 119.1  

Antipodal to: Shantou -63.292,-23.371

🇦🇷 Oran -64.333,-23.133 d: 19905.5  

🇦🇷 San Ramón de la Nueva Orán -64.333,-23.133 d: 19905.5  

🇦🇷 Libertador General San Martin -64.783,-23.8 d: 19855.8  

🇦🇷 San Salvador de Jujuy -65.309,-24.18 d: 19791  

🇧🇴 Tarija -64.733,-21.533 d: 19762.7  

🇦🇷 Salta -65.409,-24.79 d: 19748.5  

🇵🇾 Filadelfia -60.017,-22.333 d: 19660.2  

🇦🇷 San Miguel de Tucumán -65.225,-26.83 d: 19584  

🇦🇷 Yerba Buena -65.317,-26.817 d: 19581.1  

🇦🇷 Tucumán -65.366,-26.944 d: 19566.3  

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