Shantou city is situated in the southeastern corner of East Asia and on the west shores of the Pacific Ocean. Shantou is a harbor city in Guangdong Province, China. As one of the five Special Economic Zones (SEZ), which were provided with the most privileged policies for reform and opening since the beginning of China’s reform and opening era, and one of the first fifteen coastal cities opened to foreigners, Shantou has attracted some foreign investments. The eastern part of Shantou is developed and modern. The western parts of Shantou, where Shantou University (STU) and Guangdong Technion are located, are less-developed compared to the eastern parts of the city.
During the last year Shantou Municipality (Party & City Government) has undertaken vigorous actions to improve the infrastructure of the western neighborhoods including the comprehensive renovation of University Road, which is the main road connecting STU and GTIIT to downtown Shantou and to the Airport. To improve the conditions for all expatriate staff in Shantou, the local Government has decided to make the road signs bilingual (Chinese & English), have daily flights to and from HK and to adjust these flight-times to connect with El Al flights to and from HK. Negotiations are in progress to have direct weekly flights from Shantou to Tel Aviv and back.
By overcoming these challenges, Shantou is poised to become a new economic growth hub, benefiting from the opportunities that will flow from the collaboration with the Technion and from the establishment of a Sino-Israeli Innovation Industrial Park & Economic and the Cultural Cooperation Experimental Zone for Overseas Chinese. The major industries in Shantou are plastic products, toys, textiles, printing packaging, machinery (electrical & mechanical) and chemicals. The major export products are electronic and mechanical products, textiles, plastic products and toys.
The Tropic of Cancer traverses the south of the city, making it a place to enjoy the instant alternation of spring and summer in China. The city enjoys a pleasant subtropical marine climate, with mild winters and hot, humid summers.
Transportation to and from Shantou is quite efficient as it is easily accessible by sea, land, or air. Shantou Harbor serves cargo ships to over 210 harbors around the world. It also has passenger ships that sail to many of China’s port cities, such as Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Hainan Island. It is very convenient to get to other important cities by high-speed train, including Wuhan, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Xiamen.
Jieyang Chaoshan International Airport (IATA:SWA), which is a 30-minute ride from the GTIIT campus, has domestic connections with most of the major cities in China and also serves international flights to Hong Kong, Taichung, Bangkok, Singapore, Naypyidaw, and Seoul. In addition, highways to and from Shantou are also well developed and provide easy access to various destinations. It takes only about three hours to reach Shenzhen and Xiamen by coach.
Buses No. 6, 17, 21, 27 and No.39 travel from STU/GTIIT to downtown Shantou. The fare on the public bus is usually CNY2.00/person/ride.