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"Shantou New Eight Scenic Spots" Freshly Released
Date: 2019-12-25      Source: Shantou Daily

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Department Store

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Small Park

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Commercial Port Sotto Portico

The landscapes of Commercial Port Sotto Portico include the Small Park Historical and Cultural Blocks (such as Shantou Customs Bell Tower, Nansheng Department Store, Shantou General Post Office Building, the Museum of the Culture of Opening the Commercial Port, The Stage of the Palace-Temple of Old Mother, the Former Site of the CPC Central Committee's Red Communication Station, Museum of August 1 Nanchang Uprising,  Historical Museum of Cai Chusheng, Hu Wenhu Building, etc.) and Zhongshan Park. This is the birthplace of the commercial port of around 100 years of Shantou. The Palace-Temple of Old Mother that has gone through vicissitudes has witnessed the development of Shashantou, a small fishing village, which has gradually become a port with the ships from all over the world and a prosperous commercial port as well. After the opening of the commercial port in Shantou in 1860, a group of Chaoshan overseas Chinese returned to their hometowns to start business, investing in the construction of railways, telephones, electric lights, telegraphs, trams, ships, waterworks, pharmaceutical factories, hospitals, overseas Chinese communication offices, etc., establishing Nansheng Department Store, Yongping Restaurant, Tuojiang Hostel, etc., developing the "Four-Yong  One-Shengping" District. They wrote the golden years from the early 20th Century to the 1930s.The symbol of prosperity is the Southeast Asia-style sotto portico ancient block that has been left. The circular radial road network layout of the ancient block makes the small park Zhongshan Memorial Pavilion at the core of the block. The small park pavilion is not only conspicuous in location, but also the homesickness of countless people from Chaoshan going to other countries to make a living, and it is the spiritual home of such people.

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Bay Sunset

The landscapes of "Bay Sunset" includes Inner Bay, Queshi Scenic Area, Xidi Park, Shipaotai Park, Waterfront Promenade, Chaoshan Historical and Cultural Expo Center, Mayu Island, and East Coast Avenue. The beautiful Inner Bay is a bright mirror given to Shantou by the God. It is rippling with towering buildings on both banks and fishing lights along the coast, and reflects the sunrise and sunset of the Queshi Mountain and the rainbow-like shade of the bridge. Haibin Road and Nanbin Road are like arms holding the two pearls, Mayu Island and Luyu Island. The Hushi Bridge and the Bay Bridge are like two rainbows, and the bay is inlaid with a ring of "jewels" such as Hushi Scenic Area, Xidi Park, Shipaotai Park, Chaoshan Historical and Cultural Expo Center, Swimming and Diving Center, and East Coast New Town, etc..

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Yingnan Fog Sea

The landscape of "Yingnan Fog Sea" covers the entire territory of Nan'ao County. A cross-sea bridge embraces the island that has been lonely overseas for thousands of years. The "Reform and Opening up" has turned the restricted area at coast defense frontline into a tourist attraction. The blue sky and white clouds, night songs from fishing boats, and ecological cuisines give each visitor a strong visual impression and taste bud experience. Every angle here has own specific scene, and every inch of land has its own history. This is the earliest "Xiangshan Culture" site discovered by archeology in Eastern Guangdong. The Chaoshan people's ancestors lived and reproduced here 8,000 years ago. Ancient Song Well, Prince's Building, Zong Bing (Commander-in-chief) House, Xiongzhen Pass, Solider Recruitment Tree, "Nan'ao No. 1" and other historical relics are nostalgic. When boarding the Treasure Island, we seem to see the red-headed ships loaded with porcelains and silks sailing southward. Qing'ao Bay Swimming Beach, Huanghuashan National Forest Park, Wuyu Island ("Migratory Bird Paradise"), and many temples, as well as groupers, lobsters, crabs, squids, abalones, oysters and other special products make visitors forget to return.

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Sangpu Autumn Scenery

The landscape of "Sangpu Autumn Scenery" includes the Tropic of Cancer Tower, Sangpu Mountain Park, Qirihong Park, Shantou University, Weng Wanda Academy, and Meilin Lake Abrasion Geomorphy. This is one of the rare oases on the Earth's Tropic of Cancer. The reason for its name is that the ancestors who planted mulberry trees in the mountain. It is called the first mountain in Chaoshan. The Tropic of Cancer Tower  is lofty on the mountainside. There are many humane and cultural sites here, such as Weng Wanda Academy in the ancient times, and the famous Shantou University. Longquan Rock, Qizhihong Park, Meilin Lake Abrasion Geomorphy, etc. are fascinating. Due to subtropical monsoon climate and abundant rainfall, the Sangpu  Mountain is rich in vegetation and products, and it is also a place where wild animals and plants thrive. In autumn, it is a good time for hiking, climbing and sight-seeing. From the top of the Sangpu Mountain, we can see yellow and green colors, fragrant and beautiful melons and fruits all over the mountain.

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Times Splendid Colors

The landscape of "Times Splendid Colors" includes the Times Square and the Open Square. Times Square is known as the "living room" of Shantou City. It has witnessed the development and great changes of Shantou Special Economic Zone. The Convention and Exhibition Center, Xinghe Building, Library Square, and commercial complexes have sprung up like mushrooms and become the symbols of the times. The "Big Tide" sculpture symbolizes Shantou's spirit of inclusion and enterprising. The Greenland Space features flourishing green trees and beautiful flowers as well as zigzagging footpaths. An overpass, which is popular online, connects the Open Square newly opened and the Times Square. The two squares, with one in the north and the other in the south, echo each other, and are the good places for citizens to relax. Here is the window to feel Shantou, a city that never sleeps. When the night comes, on the square, sound-and-light technology injects vitality into the night. The bright light show and the musical fountain complement each other. The tourists from every corner of the world will remember the gorgeous and colorful night of Shantou.

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Ancient Port Red Boa

The landscape of "Ancient Port Red Boat" includes Zhanglin Ancient Port Exhibition Hall, Xinxing Street Storehouse, antique Red-headed Boat, Qin Mu's Former Residence, and Nansheng Lane. Zhanglin Port, a name printed on the nautical charts of the early 18th Century in Europe, is named as one of the three major ports of departure for China Maritime Silk Road, the other two are Zhangzhou Yue Port and Quanzhou Citong Port in Fujian. During the Yongzheng and Qianlong Reigns of the Qing Dynasty, due to the grain shortage in the southeast coast, the court encouraged the "Siamese Trade, bringing the golden age of Zhanglin Port. The Dai Fu Di mansions have left the testimony of the great honors granted by the Qing court to red-headed ship merchants who shipped grains from other countries. For more than 100 years from Yongzheng Reign to Xianfeng Reign, more than 1.4 million Chaoshan ancestors disembarked from Zhanglin Port to Siam, accounting for more than 60% of the population to Southeast Asia in the early time. Zhanglin was the port where red-headed ships set sail; Zhanglin was  the place where countless gold rush dreams began. The bustling beauty of Zhanglin Port's Eighth Blocks and Sixth Clubs at that time have varnished at present. The vicissitudes of the past "Center of International Trade" are etched in each brick and tile of the remaining buildings of the ancient port. Nowadays, the waterfront old Chaoshan-featured houses on the old piers and near the new blocks are still quietly telling tourists some ancient stories.

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Lotus Peak Noble Spirit

The landscape of "Lotus Peak Noble Spirit" includes the Haimen Lotus Peak Scenic Area. With the bright sun, the vast sea, the white sandy beaches, and the fresh sea breeze, the granite boulder standing on the foot of the mountain opening like petals, like lotus with buds, this place has got its noble name. It used to be the ancient battlefield in the late Southern Song Dynasty. According to legend, Wen Tianxiang, prime minister of the Southern Song Dynasty, supported King Qin to fight against the Yuan chasing troops. He looked for the Emperor's Boat here, and expressed his feeling and carved the Chinese characters "终南(Zhongnan)" here. After 800 years, loyalty and vigor still persist and will persist forever, and this place has become a place to admire the loyalty. The Zhongnan Rock, the Mass Grave, the Ancient Temple Academy, the cliff carvings of celebrities and scholars, Sea-viewing Promenade, the vast sea water pool, etc., constitute the tourist area featuring human landscape, seaside scenery, religious cultural landscape and historical relic units, and patriotic education base, etc.

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Qianmei Overseas Chinese Style

The landscape of "Qianmei Overseas Chinese Style" includes Qianmei Ancient Village Overseas Chinese Cultural Tourist Area. In Qianmei Village, Longdu, Chenghai District, there are 58 historical buildings with traditional characteristics of Chaoshan and Southeast Asia style, seemingly telling tourists the success and splendor of Chaoshan overseas Chinese in the past. This is a typical hometown of overseas Chinese, a beautiful ancient village. Here are the former residences of famous overseas Chinese merchants, such as the Former Residence of Chen Cihong, Yongning Village, and Wenyuan Xiaozhu, etc. The Chen Cihong family returned to the village and began to build mansions from the fourth year the Tongzhi Reign of the Qing Dynasty (1865). From the ancestral home "Old House" to Xinxiang, 12 mansions were built in three generations. In the 10th year of the Tongzhi Reign (1871), Chen Cihong who ran import and export trade firm and rice mills in Bangkok, Thailand returned home, bringing the best building materials and architectural styles, and decorative arts in Southeast Asia at that time, and building the "Langzhong (doctor) Di (building)", "Shoukang Li (Lane)", "Shanju Shi (room)" and "Sanlu Shuzhai (study)" with traditional Chaoshan "Horse Trailer" architectural features. There are a total of 506 houses with corridors and pavilions, like a maze to people.

Source:Shantou Daily, Dec 25, 2020


 
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