Chaozhou (Teochew) is an excellent place to spend a weekend.
The most famous sight in Chaozhou is the Guangji Bridge 广济桥, partly consisting of stone towers with a pontoon section in the middle that can be opened by moving the wooden boats. The extant bridge is a modern reconstruction of the ancient original, but it looks convincing. It's a little bit dear to cross, but the ticket itself is a postage-paid postcard.
The old city of Chaozhou retains its ancient wall on the river side, which makes a nice spot for a stroll.
Visit the picturesque West Lake, 西湖, and then walk along Zhongshan Road towards the river to see many workshops where the traditional art of Chaozhou woodcarving is still practised. The temples and ancestral halls in the old town are richly decorated with such carving.
Finally, stroll along the century-old main street marked by dozens of memorial arches and try some tasty street food or buy some locally made satay sauce to take home.
Several trains a day go from Guangzhou and Shenzhen to Chaoshan Station, from where you can get a bus to Chaozhou itself. Chaozhou is not very big, so you can easily visit it and neighbouring Shantou (Swatow) in a weekend.
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Since ancient times, Guangji Bridge is located in the main roads of Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangxi. It is the hub of the whole of Guangdong, with the borders of Fujian, Guangdong, Henan and Zhangjing. The trade is gathered and tourists are on the go. In the era when the Hanjiang water transport was developed, there were many shops on the bridge, including tea houses, wine cellar restaurants, barber shops, as well as singing and singing, playing chess, monkeys, and so on.
Because it is a hub, merchants collect materials here, salt, fish, shrimp, fruit, rice, meat, cloth, silk, iron products, wine, tea, traditional snacks, handicrafts, South Golden Candle Goods such as mountain goods, bamboo rafts, clams, firewood picks, water trucks, etc., are numerous. As a result, the prosperous Yili Changqiao Yili City was formed, and the Qingming Shanghe Map was released.
Guangji Bridge, also called Xiangzi Bridge, was built in the Song Dynasty in 1171 AD. It has a long history and is one of four ancient bridges in China. Located on the Han River, Guangji Bridge is very unique in design. At both ends are stone piers, and there are beautiful pavilions and terraces. In the middle are 18 connected floating bridges that are wonderful for a relaxing stroll. In order to let cargo ships pass in the evening, the floating bridge can be drawn up. You can view this and the beautiful night view and light show in the evening.
Guangjimen Gate Tower
Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole Chaozhou
Chaozhou Ancient City
Atour Hotel (Chaozhou People's Square)
Yeste International Apartment (Chaozhou Old Town, People's Square)