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A glimpse of Sangpu Mountain. Photo by Chen Linfan

Tourism sites: The Symbolic Tower of the Tropic of Cancer, Sangpu Mountain Park, Qirihong Park, Shantou University, Wenggong Academy and a marine erosion landform near Meilin Lake

Located at the intersection of Shantou City, Chaozhou City and Jieyang City, Sangpu Mountain is hailed as the most famous mountain in the Chaoshan region. 

 ‘A plum blossom branch lying on the ground’

Sangpu Mountain is nicknamed “Wodi Meihua” (“Plum Blossom Branch on the Ground”) for its rolling appearance. Longquan Mountain, located in the southeast of the mountain range, is known for both its breathtaking beauty and its popularity among generations of literati. Its fame peaked at the intersection of the late Qing Dynasty and the beginning of the Republic of China when it was frequented by more than 200 poets from across China for autumn trips, discussions of political situations or sightseeing. The more than 600 poems and articles they wrote after visiting Longquan Mountain were compiled into a 15-volume collection which further increased the reputation of Longquan Mountain. 

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Source: Official Weibo of Shantou Tourism 

►Inscriptions on mountain 

On rockfaces on Longquan Mountain can be found a myriad of inscriptions left behind by literati, artists and scholars that trace back to as early the Song Dynasty. 

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A highlight of these inscriptions is the five Chinese characters “Longquanyan Shengjing” (“Grand Sight of Longquan Mountain”) left by Chu Tunan, a renowned contemporary author, translator and calligrapher. Another highlight worth mentioning are two inscriptions reading “Wenggong Shuyuan” (“Wenggong Academy”), one left by contemporary calligrapher Mai Huasan and the other reportedly obtained through a divination method by  Weng Wanda, a renowned general and poet of the Ming Dynasty. 

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Wenggong Academy. Photo by Chen Linfan

On a towering stalagmite-shaped rock is an inscription left by Rao Zongyi, a contemporary scholar of Sinology. These inscriptions have left a cultural mark on the beautiful mountain. 

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Home to higher education institutions 

Sangpu Mountain is a place propitious for giving birth to countless outstanding people in history, and now, at the foot of this culture-rich mountain lie Shantou University and the Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology. 

Jointly founded by the Ministry of Education, Guangdong Province and the Li Ka Shing Foundation in 1981, Shantou University is the world’s first and only public university constantly funded by a private foundation. It is also known for the elegant architecture of its buildings.

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Shantou University (Sangpu Mountain in the background). Photo by Li Ying

These works of master architects have made Shantou University an ideal place for photography. 

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Campus gate.  File photo

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The Bell of Truth. File photo

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A statue on the campus. File photo

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A building of Shantou University Medical College. File photo

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Shantou University library. File photo

Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology

Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) was jointly founded by the Israel Institute of Technology and Shantou University. Its founding was officially approved by the Ministry of Education on Dec. 5, 2016, and enrollment began in 2017. GTIIT is the first university in China to introduce quality higher education resources from Israel, and it serves as an exemplar of the two countries’ collaboration in the education sector. 

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Source: Official website of GTIIT

►A place to witness shadowless structures

The Symbolic Tower of the Tropic of Cancer

The Symbolic Tower of the Tropic of Cancer was built in 1985 and officially opened to the public in 1986. The tower, located in the foothills of Jilong Mountain, which is five kilometers north of Shantou University, serves both as a tourist attraction and a site to experience geographical science. It was selected as one of the eight most iconic scenic sites in Shantou in 1991, and was once again selected in the 2002 edition after it was included as part of the Sangpu Mountain scenic area. 

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The tower archway. Photo by Lingdong Numa

The Symbolic Tower of the Tropic of Cancer

The tower is 13.6 meters tall with a 30-meter-wide base. Its appearance resembles a globe measuring 5 meters in diameter supported by a holder in the shape of the Chinese character of “bei” (north). On the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the sunlight at noon is directly overhead, at the Tropic of Cancer, and this is when the astronomical phenomenon known in Chinese as “no shadow for an erect pole” can be observed.

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Source: Mafengwo

►A place to commemorate Chaoshan’s revolution history 

Qirihong Park 

Located at the foothills of Sangpu Mountain, Qirihong Park neighbors Shantou University to the west, Longquan Rock to the east and national highway No. 206 to the south. The 277,009.8-square-meter scenic spot boasts both natural and manmade splendor.  

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Monument of Chaoshan Martyrs 

Qirihong Park was built to commemorate the seven-day uprising led by the Communist Party of China that took place in the Chaoshan region in late September 1927 during the Chinese Civil War. 

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The Monument of Chaoshan Martyrs lies on a hillside. Standing in front it, a panoramic view of the city can be seen. 

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Travel tips 

Bus routes: 

Longquan Mountain scenic area: Take bus 6/17/21/27/39/41/57/181B to Longquan Mountain Stop

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Shantou University: Take bus 6/17/21/27/39/41/57/181B/K3 and get off at Shantou University Stop 

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Qirihong Park: Take bus 17/21/27/39/41/52/57/181B to Guangdong Technion Israel Institute of Technology Stop and walk up the mountain

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The Symbolic Tower of the Tropic of Cancer: Take bus 17/21/24 to Jilong Mountain Stop and walk up the mountain. 

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Admission: Free

(Source: Shantou Olive Channel)