Top things to do

Top Choice Park in Cháozhōu

West Lake

The moat of ancient Cháozhōu is a lake inside a park well-loved by locals. Around the lake are a few notable buildings. Hánbì Building served as a military office during anti-warlord expeditions in 1925. Sitting on …
Top Choice Bridge in Cháozhōu

Guǎngjǐ Bridge

Originally a 12th-century pontoon bridge with 86 boats straddling the Hán River, Guǎngjǐ Bridge suffered repeated destruction over the centuries. The current version is a brilliant, faux-ancient passageway with 18 w…
Top Choice Teahouse in Cháozhōu

Pǐnyǔ Teahouse

A lovely place for a tea experience with an English speaker in a minimalist, modern-meets-ancient Chinese teahouse. You pay for a taste test of bottomless different Cháozhōu teas and learn the difference between exq…
Top Choice Chinese in Cháozhōu

Zhèng’s Private Kitchen

A private kitchen that whips up impressive Cháozhōu-style seafood dishes. Ask a Mandarin- or Cantonese-speaking friend to call and book at least a day in advance. Also tell them your budget per person. Shark fin is …
Top Choice Chinese in Cháozhōu

Liánhuā Vegetarian

An excellent vegetarian restaurant opposite Kāiyuán Temple. The menu also features Cháozhōu specialities, including the delightful desserts on the last page.
Historic Site in Cháozhōu

Dàoyùnlóu

China’s largest octagonal Hakka earthen house, Dàoyùnlóu is located in Raópíng (饶平), 53km from Cháozhōu. Some 600 villagers once resided in this stunning complex built in 1587; now only 100 remain. Ascend to the upp…
Temple in Cháozhōu

Jǐluè Huáng Temple

The highlights here are the ancient Cháozhōu woodcarvings decorating the walls and thresholds – most single pieces took a decade to complete. The art form is famous for its rich and subtle details, intricate designs…
Buddhist Site in Cháozhōu

Kāiyuán Temple

Built in AD 738, Cháozhōu’s most famous temple has old bodhi trees and an embarrassment of statues, including one of a 1000-arm Guanyin. Roof tiles can be daubed by a calligraphist (by donation) with your wishes, to…
Street in Cháozhōu

Paifang Jie

Paifang Jie, running 1948m from north to south in the old quarter, has signage to the main sights and is a good place to orient yourself. It’s made up of Taiping Lu (太平路; 1742m) and Dongmen Jie (东门街; 206m).
Historic Building in Cháozhōu

Phoenix Building

Sitting on a knoll in West Lake is Phoenix Building, with its bird-like shape, iron moongate, gourd-shaped ceiling openings, and quirky interior spaces formed by the fowl’s anatomy.