Shantou is home to the J-School. With a population of over five million, it is the largest and most important city in eastern Guangdong Province. Due to its deep natural harbour, Shantou was once one of China’s busiest ports for foreign trade. It was also through Shantou that many of the forefathers of the overseas Chinese made their entrance to the world stage.
In 1980 Shantou was designated as one of China’s first Special Economic Zones. Located 187 nautical miles from Hong Kong and 160 nautical miles from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Shantou is strategically placed to serve as a transportation, distribution and communication hub. Its growth prospects are enhanced by being in middle of China’s two most vibrant economic regions, the Pearl River Delta and the coast of the Straits of Taiwan.
Shantou is strategically connected through regular direct flights with major travel hubs in Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok. It is also linked by domestic flights to key cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
The Shantou Waisha Airport is conveniently located near the city centre and is a 20-minute drive from Shantou University.
A new international airport, the Jieyang Chaoshan Airport, is currently under construction and completion is expected in end 2011.
Travel by car or coach between Shantou and key cities in the Pearl River Delta, as well as Xiamen in Fujian province, is possible via highway. Driving between Shantou and Hong Kong takes on average about five hours.
Shantou is also connected by rail with Guangzhou, Shenzhen and other cities in Guangdong province.
Aditionally, it’s a convenient way to take the Xiamen-Shenzhen High Speed Railway, which links eight cities in two of China’s fastest developing regions. You could alternatively take the special bus or a taxi to get to our school in about one hour off the railway.