Chinese City Fact: Shantou

Shantou is a city in Guangdong province with a population of nearly 5 million people. It was one of the treaty ports in the 19th-century established for Western trade but has not developed as quickly as some other cities in the region (Shenzhen and Zhuhai) since becoming a Special Economic Zone in the 1980’s.

IMG_1818photo © 2010 wl | more info (via: Wylio)

In 1922 the population of 65,000 was decimated by a huge typhoon which killed 50,000 of the inhabitants and recovery was slow. In recent years the city has become a major manufacturing centre and is particularly well know for it’s toy production.

IMG_1882photo © 2010 wl | more info (via: Wylio)

It is also said that Shantou people drink more tea than anyone else in China each year.

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