In the far east of Guangdong, on the banks of the Han River, CHAOZHOU is one of the province’s most culturally significant towns, and a splendid place to visit. In addition to some of the most active and manageable street life in southern China, there are some fine historic monuments, excellent shopping for local handicrafts, and a nostalgically dated small-town ambience to soak up. Chinese-speakers will find that Chaozhou’s Teochew language is related to Fujian’s minnan dialect, different from either Mandarin or Cantonese, though both of these are widely understood.

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