Shantou City, Guangdong Province, and special economic zones are also important port cities in the southeast coast and central cities in eastern Guangdong. Located in the eastern part of Guangdong Province, at the southern end of the Hanjiang Delta, north of Chaozhou City, west of Jieyang City, southeast of the South China Sea. Within the territory of the Hanjiang River, the Lancang River and the Lianjiang River, the coastline of the mainland is 217.7 kilometers long, the coastline of the island is 167.37 kilometers long, and there are 82 large and small islands.
Shantou is one of the birthplaces of Chaoshan culture. Where there are “influenced people in places with sea water”, there is no doubt that Chaoshan culture exists in places with trendy people. Shantou Chaoshan culture has a long history and is a branch of the Chinese traditional fine culture. It has the characteristics of Chinese and foreign culture compatibility. Shantou has its own characteristics of Chaoshan dialect, Chao opera, Chao Le, Chao Cai, Gongfu tea, Chaoshan craft, Chaoshan folk custom.
Shantou is one of the earliest open port cities in China and one of the earliest open special economic zones in China. There are more than 5 million overseas Chinese and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan compatriots in more than 100 countries and regions around the world. Shantou Port was opened in 1860 and is known as the “Lingdong Gateway, South China to Chong”, “Seaside Zoulu, the hometown of food”. It enjoys China's outstanding tourist cities, China's top 100 investment cities, China's brand economy cities, and national knowledge. Demonstration city for property rights work, national e-commerce demonstration city, national information consumption pilot city, national double-support model city, and Chinese stationery production base.
In 2017, the city achieved a regional GDP of 235.076 billion yuan, a year-on-year increase of 9.2%. In December 2017, the Guangdong Provincial Government issued the “Guangdong Province Coastal Economic Belt Comprehensive Development Plan (2017-2030)”, which proposed to focus on Guangzhou and Shenzhen as the central center and Zhuhai, Shantou and Zhanjiang as provincial sub-center cities. .
Airport: Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport
Railway Station: Shantou Station, Chaoyang Station, Chaonan Station (under construction)