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—  Prefecture-level city  —
Chinese transcription(s)
 - Simplified 汕尾
 - Traditional
 - Pinyin Shànwěi
Location of Shanwei Prefecture within Guangdong
Country China
Province Guangdong
County-level divisions 4
Township divisions 53
City seat Chengqu
 - Total 5,271 km2 (2,035.1 sq mi)
 - Coastline(excluding islands) 302 km2 (116.6 sq mi)
 - Total 2,130,000
 - Density 404.1/km2 (1,046.6/sq mi)
Time zone China Standard
Area code(s) 660

Shanwei (simplified Chinese: 汕尾pinyin: Shànwěi) is a prefecture-level city in Guangdong province, People's Republic of China. It borders Jieyang to the east, Meizhou and Heyuan to the north, Huizhou to the west, and looks out to the South China Sea to the south. The local people speak the Haifeng dialect.



The prefecture-level city of Shanwei administers 4 county-level divisions, including 1 district, 1 county-level city and 2 counties.

These are further divided into 53 township-level divisions, including 40 towns, 10 townships and 3 subdistricts.

Recent history

On the night of December 6, 2005, armed policemen were sent to the village of Dongzhou, Shanwei to suppress appeals by residents protesting the lack of compensation for having land confiscated by the government. Several residents were shot dead: the Chinese government claimed that three people were killed, and residents claimed that the number was between 20 and 33, with up to 40 more missing.[1] Other media have reported armed police were sent in after the villagers attacked unarmed police[2][3]


Generally used is Shanweihua which is similar to Chaozhou dialect and Hoklo, belonging to the Min Nan division of Min Chinese. Haifeng, Lufeng and the urban area have basically the same accent. Most parts of Luhe District of Lufeng city use Hakka Chinese belonging to the Xinhui subdialect of the Yuetai dialect. As Shanwei is adjacent to the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong, together with the impact of television programs from Hong Kong and population movements within Guangdong province, many local residents, especially the younger generation, have communication skills in Cantonese.


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