Shantou, a city significant in 19th-century Chinese history as one of the treaty ports established for Western trade and contact, was one of the original Special Economic Zones of the People’s Republic of China established in the 1980s, but did not blossom in the manner that cities such as Shenzhen, Xiamen and Zhuhai did. However, it remains eastern Guangdong’s economic centre, and is home to Shantou University, a member of the Project 211 group.
The Port of Shantou is a natural river seaport on the coast of the city of Shantou, Guangdong Province, People’s Republic of China. It is the only major port in eastern Guangdong, and the gateway to the Shantou SEZ. In 2012, it had a throughput of 45.6 million tons of cargo, and 1,250,000 TEU of containers.Like most Chinese seaports, it has experienced frantic growth in the last two decades and has plans for large expansion in the future.