Chaozhou (Chinese: 潮州) is a city in eastern Guangdong province of the People’s Republic of China. 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.
Chaozhou is a famous historical and cultural city in China. The following is the guide for it’s “old city tour”. You can hire a human powered tricycle, rent a bike or simply walk the route to enjoy many historical relics and unique culture of Chaozhou. The “old city” is well preserved. Many local people still live in those century old houses along the narrow alleyways.
The tour is about 1-2 hours. It starts in the Kaiyuan Temple (開元寺) and ends in the same spot. You may wish to visit the Kaiyuan temple last.
This “Chaozhou old city tour” is a must do for anyone visiting Chaozhou. You will enjoy the culture and the architecture that are unique to Chaozhou. If you have not been to Chaozhou, you have not been to Guangdong. If you have not toured the “Chaozhou old city”, you have not been to Chaozhou. Enjoy!
Still want to see more? There is another historical place along the way that is worth visiting: Xu, Imperial Son-in-law, Mansion (許駙馬府). Xu, Imperial Son-in-law, Mansion (許駙馬府), which retains the basic pattern of the architecture of the Song Dynasty. I will leave that to you to find out the exact location. Hope this will give you a bit more adventure in this trip. Hint: there are signs along the way pointing to the Xu’s mansion.
1: Please note: you shall not cross the Han river via Guangzi Bridge as the entrance fee is for one way trip only (you can argue with the ticket conductors, but the results depend). Since the Hangong Ci is on the other side of the Han river, you can see it from the distance or visit it in another time.
2: You may choose to rest and chip the Gongfu tea (which is famous in Chaozhou) in many stores in front of the Haiyang County Confusion Temple. There is no obligation to buy. If you wish to purchase, please be sure to bargain.
How to get there:
By Air: Chaozhou has no airport. The closest airport is located in Shantou which is only 30km to Chaozhou city. Every 10 minutes, Shantou bus station has an express bus to Chaozhou.
By train: Guangzhou has 3 trains every day that connect to Chaozhou
By bus: This is actually the preferred way to go to Chaozhou. It is very easy to find buses that connect Chaozhou from Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xiamen and many other cities.
By boat: Chaozhou is connected to Hongkong and Xiamen by boat.
Travel in the city:
Taxi: Chaozhou old town is very small. The Chaozhou railway station is not far from the Kaiyuan temple. The taxis are metered.
Bus: The public bus system is well developed. However, the signs are in Chinese which is rather difficult to navigate for English speakers.
By tricycle: this human powered tricycle is another way to enjoy the city. The drivers will usually tell to you the “secret stories” of the Chaozhou. The “old city tricycle tour” costs 30RMB for 1.5 hour round trip that starts and ends in Kaiyuan temple.
By bike: Bikes can be rent in many small shops.