Top ChoicePark in Chaozhou

West Lake

The moat of ancient Chaozhou is a lake inside a park well loved by locals. Around the lake are a few notable buildings. Hanbi Building served as a military office during anti-warlord expeditions in 1925. Sitting...

Top ChoiceBridge in Chaozhou

Guangji Bridge

Originally a 12th-century pontoon bridge with 86 boats straddling the Hán River, Guangji Bridge suffered repeated destruction over the centuries. The current version is a brilliant, faux-ancient passageway with...

Top ChoiceTeahouse in Chaozhou

Pinyu 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 Chaozhou teas and learn the difference between...

Top ChoiceChinese in Chaozhou

Zheng's Private Kitchen

A private kitchen that whips up impressive Chaozhou-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...

Top ChoiceChinese in Chaozhou

Lianhua Vegetarian

An excellent vegetarian restaurant opposite Kaiyuan Temple with delicacies such as lotus-flowers on skewers. The menu also features Chaozhou specialities, including the delightful desserts on the last page.

Historic Site in Chaozhou


China’s largest octagonal tǔlóu (土楼, Hakka earthen house), Dàoyùnlóu is located in Raoping (饶平, Ráopíng), 53km northeast of Chaozhou. Some 600 villagers once resided in this stunning complex built in 1587; today...

Temple in Chaozhou

Jilue Huang Temple

The highlights here are the ancient Chaozhou 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...

Street in Chaozhou

Paifang Jie

Pedestrianised 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...

Buddhist Site in Chaozhou

Kaiyuan Temple

Built in AD 738, Chaozhou’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,...

Historic Building in Chaozhou

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.

Gifts & Souvenirs in Chaozhou

Chaozhou Opera Costumes & Props

Diagonally across the road from Kaiyuan Temple is this tiny shop that makes gowns, headdresses, swords, sedans and shoes for the Chaozhou opera stage.

Confucian Temple in Chaozhou

Chaozhou Confucian Academy

This 4000-sq-metre compound has murky lily ponds teeming with koi and a main temple dedicated to Confucius that is supported by 48 pillars. Confucious is treated like a god of knowledge. The fact that he was a...

Notable Building in Chaozhou

Hanbi Building

Near West Lake is the Hanbi Building, which served as a military office during anti-warlord expeditions in 1925. Inside, a small display in Chinese, with photos and memorabilia from that former life, are less...

Historic Building in Chaozhou

Emperor Xu’s Son-in-Law’s Mansion

This breezy mansion originally built in 1064 retains some of its ancient stonework and wall coverings. The high door saddles, unique to southern China, were used to protect doors from humidity. The antechamber...

Temple in Chaozhou

Hanwen Ancestral Temple

On the east bank of the Han, this is the oldest and best-preserved temple dedicated to the Tang dynasty philosopher Han Yu, who was banished to ‘far-flung’ Guangdong for his anti-Buddhist views.

Historic Site in Chaozhou

Chaozhou City Wall

The remains of the ancient city wall run alongside and back from the river. You can walk on the top of most sections.

Notable Building in Chaozhou

Sìwàng Lóu

A shuttered building in West Lake, designed in a period style reminiscent of 1970s kung fu movies.

Tower in Chaozhou

Guangji Gate Tower

Part of the Guangji Bridge complex. It's also a popular rendezvous point for locals meeting up with friends.