Shantou Museum

Shantou Museum: Hours, Address, Shantou Museum Reviews: 3.5/5

Shantou Museum
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

7 reviews
Very good

Saint Louis, MO1 contribution
Horrible Lazy Staff, Avoid.
Apr 2021
Horrible staff and service. We went on April3, 2021 and the lazy staff wanted us to navigate a length6 app for download and all in Chinese to register our ID card, address, phone, email and we chat just to gain access. After 20 minutes of 5 lazy staff sitting around doing nothing and just watching me I finally refused to continue with the exercise in futility. They care more about keep8ng you out than allowing access. Horrible, lazy staff and worthless procedures. Very inflexible. Ridiculous. Do not visit this bad museum with lazy staff. Stay away. Avoid.
Written April 3, 2021
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Beijing, China569 contributions
Disappointing museum
Mar 2019 • Family
Came here after reading some raving review but found it to be depressing and rather light on artefact. Except for the porcelain found from the wreck rest of the exhibits are not impressive at all. Considering that this is in Shantou, probably I am a little harsh.
Written March 31, 2019
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Singapore, Singapore6,315 contributions
The bitter history of Shantou
Oct 2018 • Solo
China has a long history of civilization and Shantou is a great city with a deeply rich cultural heritage. Behind her modernity are her traditional rich heritage of Teochew food, dance, music, arts, drama, martial arts, Kung Fu tea art, beliefs.

It is a great pleasure to be in Shantou to discover the origin of this great Teochew culture that has impacted the lifestyle and beliefs of millions of Overseas Chinese who migrated from this part of China all over the world.

I was in Shantou for 6 days and has the luxury to slowly discover and appreciate this great culture in her real form. And one area that I would not miss is to visit the museums in Shantou which are quite well-maintained with archival records and artifacts and present me with the political and cultural history of this great city of Shantou when most of her physical features had been erased by modernization. One such museum is this Shantou Museum located few meters beside the Zhongshan Park. Of course, I would not forget the other two equally good museums: Shantou Eastern Expedition Army Repository Museum and the Shantou Culture Museum.

The museum has about four floors of galleries. I saw some modern paintings by some renowned Shantou artists on display at the ground floor. Another exhibition hall displays archaeological artifacts uncovered from the ancient dynasties and include vases of intricate design manufactured during the different imperial epoch.

I was fascinated with the maritime history of Shantou when people in the coastal areas of Southern China look beyond the horizon of their land for trade. This is the epoch when Ming China Admiral Cheng Ho led maritime expeditions to South East Asia and to as far as the African coast. I wonder if Ming China would to continue with the maritime exploration, China may develop to be the first imperial power to colonize the world instead of the European colonial powers. History would have written a different chapter. But historically, China maintained harmonious relationship with her neighbors and has never been a hegemonic power.

Poverty, famine and hardship at the end of the Qing Dynasty rule prompted many locals to search for better livelihood overseas. They endured the suffering in the new land and work hard. Their resilience and adaptability coupled with hard work and businessman acumen turned many of these overseas Chinese into successful entrepreneurs. Many returned with their wealth to build schools and help the less privileged. Their diligence and resilience won my respect.

The museum tells the story of the bitter struggle of the Shantou people. Without knowing the history, a traveler would not be able to find the soul and spirit of Shantou.
Written December 8, 2018
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Canterbury, UK139 contributions
Shantou is a museum
Nov 2013 • Couples
Ok to be honest the museam was closed as it we were there on Monday. However it is in the old part of the city which is well worth a look. Shantou obviously was big in the early part of the 20th century and you can see street after street of what were in their day fine house and shops. However it appears that unlike other east coast cities shantou has had very little investment. The result is a decaying but strangely quaint old city area. I am not sure what will happen either it will slowly fall down and be cleared for redevelopment or maybe it will get a much needed make over but it will require a lot of work and money.
Written November 4, 2013
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  • Sun - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM