Shantou itself is not a place where you would be going for cultural tours of any sort. it is more a city that consists of good traditional food in comparison to culture/museums.
They dont have many clubs or much nightlife as people prefer to sip tea at home or in cafes. the rise of cafes has also impacted shantou and I recommend Nora Island or Naffi in Chenghai - one serves cakes and desserts and the latter is a cafe which screens old movies during weekends. Chenghai is about a 15-20mins drive from Shantou.
Shantou, although as massive as other chinese cities, but is not as crowded.. There are a number of scenic spots that you can can enjoy tranquility while having gong fu tea.
. The food is superb, especially for seafood lovers..
Visit this place for Teochew culture/history. The people speak the Teochew dialect and it would be great if you are able to converse in this dialect.
Otherwise, use Mandarin. There aren't many English translations around even in the city, so maybe you have to bring a translation dictionary if you want to converse with the general public.
Not much of attractions. However, we were there to visit family. Good food and you can pretty adventurous exploring the wet markets around the city.
A combination of traditional and modern, amazing activities, lovely style of living, parks, shopping areas; just the traffic is crazy.
Shantou's people are humble and friendly. But it is not safe to walk around at night when especially you are carrying handbag.
This is a city with lots of immigrants who become taxi drivers. The streets in the city is quite filthy comparing to Xiamen.
Foods are cheap and authentic. Traffic conditions and the driving etiquitte is bad to sya the least. Beware of the bad management of the Long distance buses that betray the regulation, following departure from the main station, to pick customers from all over the places such that the usual 3.5 hour journey to Xiamen has become a 5 hour journey.
Teochew culture is well maintained. Friendly teochew people around you. Authentic teochew food and cakes.