Long coastal lines and a pleasant subtropical marine climate provide the city with many charming tourist attractions. These include beautiful hills (e.g. Shangpu Hill surrounding STU and GTIIT), natural beaches, and exquisite islands (e.g. Nan Ao Island), together with the marine scenery that surrounds the harbor. Some citizens take advantage of the rich seaside resources to operate resort areas which provide facilities and services for tourists.
The local culture, Chao-Shan culture (named after Shantou and Chaozhou), is one of the most unique cultures in China, with delicacy as one of its key features. As one of the primary hometowns of overseas Chinese who live in over 40 countries of the world, Chao-Shan culture is also influenced by the exotic culture brought by the overseas Chaoshan people and therefore creates a particular local flavor. Teochew, the Chaoshan dialect, preserves many Old Chinese pronunciations and vocabulary that have been lost in some of the other modern dialects in China. As such, many linguists consider Teochew one of the most conservative ancient Chinese dialects. The Chao music is well known for its dulcet melody, varying rhythms and peculiar instruments while the Chao opera is renowned for its beautiful aria and various playing roles. The Chao cuisine, one branch of the famous Cantonese cuisines, is the most delicate food with the highest reputation in China. Most of the dishes are cooked with seafood and various seasonings with a fresh taste, light but delicious. Enjoying a cup of Kungfu tea (in tiny cups) is also popular and has become one of the most welcomed forms of nightlife among the locals.
Entertainment and Shopping
There are various recreational places in the city. Malls, cinemas, restaurants, clubs, bars and coffee houses can be easily found in the east city downtown area. Hotels and hostels of all standards can be easily found throughout the city. Moreover, the rates are reasonable and relatively lower than other coastal cities in southern China.
The International Office of STU arranges weekly shopping trips for international faculty.
(* Biweekly shopping trips will be arranged during the Winter Vacation)
Time: 14:00-16:30, Saturday Venue: Xing Hu Commercial City
Xing Hu Commercial City
Location: No.179, East Jinsha Road, Longhu District
Shops: Wal-Mart, Mc Donald’s, Watsons, Springfield, Columbia, Levi’s, Converse, Adidas, Zara, Nike, Puma, Apple, Samsung, Star International Cineplex, etc.
He Sheng Department Store
Location: No.23, Changjiang Road, Longhu District
Shops: Lotus Department Store, KFC, Adidas, Nike, New Balance, Levi’s, He Sheng Cinema, etc.
Location: at the crossing of Dongxia Road and Huashan Road, Longhu District
Shops: Lotus, Starbucks, Pizza Hut, KFC, UA IMAX, etc.
Location: at the crossing of Jinhuan Road and Changping Road, Longhu District
Shops: Longines, Tissot, Uniqlo, H&M, New Balance, Starbucks, Haagen-Dazs, Watsons, Hengdian Cinema, etc.