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Full nameShantou
Official name汕头市
Native name汕头
Settlement typePrefecture-level city
CountryPeople's Republic of China
City seatJinping District
CPC Committee SecretaryLi Feng (李锋)
MayorCai Zongze (蔡宗泽)
Total Area796.7 sq mi (2064 km2)
Total Population5391028
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
Major NationalitiesHan
Other information
Time zoneChina Standard (UTC+8)
Postal Code515000, 515041
Area code754
License Plate Prefix粤D

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Shantou ( ), historically known as Swatow or Suátao, is a prefecture-level city on the eastern coast of Guangdong province, People's Republic of China, with a total population of 5,391,028 as of 2010 and an administrative area of . With it and the immediately surrounding cities of Jieyang and Chaozhou, the metropolitan region known as Chaoshan covers an area of , and had a permanent population of 13,937,897 at the end of 2010.

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 failed to blossom like other cities such as Shenzhen, Xiamen and Zhuhai. However, it remains as Eastern Guangdong's economic centre, and is home to Shantou University, a member of the “Project 211” group.

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