Area: 5,271 square kilometers (2,035 square miles)
Administrative Division: 1 district (City Zone); 2 counties
(Haifeng, Luhe); 1 county-level city (Lufeng)
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0660-3364163
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Location: Situated in the coastal area of southeastern Guangdong
Province, Shanwei city is bordered by Jieyang, Huizhou and Heyuan,
facing southwards to the South China Sea. It has a 302 kilometers
(188 miles) long coastline with totally 93 islands of all size in
its sea area.
History: Before the Qin Dynasty (221BC-206BC), this area was
dwelled by the Yue (a collection of many clans and tribes). During
the Qin and early Han dynasties (206BC-220AD), Shanwei belonged to
the Nanhai Shire. It has a history of more than 2,100 years from
the year of 111BC that Haifeng County, the primary form of Shanwei,
Physical Features: Shanwei city lies in the south foot of Lianhua
Mountain facing south to the sea. The northern part of the city
mainly consists of mountainous areas, while the hills and terraces
are generally distributed in the central area. The south coastal
part of Shanwei is occupied by plains. On the whole, the
mountainous and hilly areas make up the major land of the city.
Climatic Features: The city enjoys a subtropical monsoon climate
with obvious oceanic features. The weather is temperate and it is
rich in rainfall and sunshine. Usually, its rainy season begins
from the late March to early April and ends in the mid-October. The
average temperature in the coldest January and hottest July are
respectively 14C (57F) and 28C (82F).
When to Go: For the moderate weather of the whole year, Shanwei is
favorable for visiting at any seasons. Rain gear should be the
primary priority during the flood season (April to September).
Special Local product: sea product, rice wine, tea, shell carving
Zhelang Peninsula Tourist Zone: The Zhelang Peninsula is an exerted
part between the Honghai Bay and the Jieshi Bay, 18 kilometers east
of the Shanwei city proper. It looks like a barrier making the
sceneries of both sides widely different, one side with billowing
waves while the other side with a calm and vast expanse of blue
water. There are two kilometers of seashores at both sides, which
is no doubt ideal destination for sea-bathing.
Other Scenic Spots: Fengshan Mazu Temple, Lianhua Mountain
Tourist Tips: From the Guangzhou Tianhe Bus Station, buses to
Shanwei depart every 30 to 60 minutes taking about three hours and
a half. Shenzhen Yinhu Bus Station and Luohu Bus Station also offer
buses to Shantou costing about two and a half hours. Shanwei
central bus station is situated in the Hebaoling, Haishan Road,
where buses to around cities and counties are provided.