Chaozhou is in the easternmost part of Guangdong Province in the north of the delta of the Han River, which flows through the city. It borders Shantou to the south, Jieyang to the southwest, Meizhou to the northwest, the province of Fujian to the east, and the South China Sea to the southeast. Many overseas Chinese in Southeast Asia can trace their ancestry to the area, with Bangkok and Singapore in particular being home to large and influential overseas Teochew communities. In addition, Teochews also form one of the largest non-Cantonese communities in Hong Kong, and play a prominent role in the city’s economy.
Chaozhou does not have its own airport. The nearest airport is Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport (SWA IATA). It also serves international flights to Hong Kong and Bangkok on China Southern Airlines as well as to Singapore on Jetstar Asia and Taiwan.
The 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).
From Shantou, there are regularly scheduled buses to Chaozhou from the China Travel Services bus station, for about Y18-19.
From 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.
- The Lighthouse of Buddha (北阁佛灯; Běigéfódēng). The 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.
- Guangji Bridge (广济桥; Guǎngjìqiáo). It 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.
- Jiluehuang Temple (己略黃公祠; Jǐlüèhuánggōngcí), Yian Road, Xiangqiao District (湘桥区义安路; Xiāngqiáoqū Yìānlù), ☎+86 768 2228244. Displaying the wood carving art of Chaozhou in the Qing Dynasty.
- The old site of Song Kiln (Bijia Mountain Xiangqiao). Shows the scale of production and the exquisite craftsmanship of ceramic in ancient Chaozhou.
- Jiadixiang (甲第巷; Jiǎdìxiàng). Ancient family houses.
- Kaiyuan Temple (开元寺; Kāiyuánsì), 32 Kaiyuan Road, Xiangqiao District (湘桥区开元路32号; Xiāngqiáoqū Kāiyuánlù), ☎+86 768 2225571, fax: +86 768 2236542, e-mail: email@example.com. 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.
- People’s Square (明城墻; Míngchéngqiáng). Night scene of the Square.
- The Ming City Wall. 2.6 km long.
- Xu Imperial Son-in-law Mansion (许驸马府; Xǔfùmǎfǔ), North Ma Road, Xiangqiao District (湘桥区北马路; Xiāngqiáoqū Běimǎlù). Retains the basic pattern of the architecture of the Song Dynasty.
- Xihuyuan. Museum in the main city park, has a unique collection unique of stones with natural geological markings representing (or resembling) Chinese characters. There is 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.
- Yi Garden (颐园； Yiyuan), 15 Dong Zhong Cheng Jiao, ☎+86 768 2228966, fax: +86 768 2255101, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A museum and art gallery that tells the life story of Rao Zongyi, artist and sinologist. ¥10.
- General Headquarters. The former Nan’ao General Headquarters,the Xiongzhen Pass, the Changshanwei Gun Battery and other military facilities are still preserved on the island.