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Address: North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: This lovely, tree-lined neighborhood bordering the Pearl River was once...
This lovely, tree-lined neighborhood bordering the Pearl River was once home to foreign merchants, and today is a laid-back area ideal for strolling or stopping for a meal or cup of tea.
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Peaceful green oasis

We spent a couple of hours enjoying the traffic free calm of Shamian Island, its lovely European architecture, beautiful trees and well-manicured gardens and parks.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2015
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Nelson, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 NEW

We spent a couple of hours enjoying the traffic free calm of Shamian Island, its lovely European architecture, beautiful trees and well-manicured gardens and parks.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

Magnificent European architecture, quiet streets were you can safely walk and models and brides posing for pictures with tiny dogs. Cute tourist shops and a Subway and 7-11 if you miss USA.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Must visit for a European Colonial haven in otherwise very traditional Chinese city. Colonial plantation style buildings. Most beautiful Starbucks I've been to! Visit the craft market opposite.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

I was taken here by Janvi, an excellent private tour guide. It is a man-made island that was a French-British foreign concession in the mid 1800s. It is beautiful with the buildings repurposed and in excellent shape. It is a popular place for wedding pictures because of the old buildings and beautiful landscaping; I saw no less than 4 brides... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The island was originally a British enclave during the 1800's and early 1900's. It's a great place to stroll to escape the hustle and bustle of Guangzhou and enter a time that's long gone by. There are cute little touristy shops and great views of the city along the water.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Shamian is located a bit outside of downtown Guangzhou. Nonetheless it is worth the journey. Taxi's are cheap and it is also served by the metro (Huangsha station). Shamian is basically a sandbank that was built by the European colonial powers at the time of the great Opium War. It is clear that from the moment you set foot on... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

For a short break from hectic city life I can recommend Shamian Island, this is a very nice area with old style houses and tranquil flair. It is bordered in the south by the Pearl River, and it is separated from the city by a canal. In former times (19th century) this Island was the only place where foreign people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Shamian Island is in the old part of the city and was part of the British colonial rule. It was handed back to China in the 70's and the government has kept its charm.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This area has very beautiful buildings and is great for a. Quiet stroll. We enjoyed a good vegetarian meal at Carefree restaurant when you first walk across to the Island. On the further side there are bars and much more activity.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Took a walk around, seen young students in a school nearby performing sport activities. Elderlies playing badmintons, group line dancing and tai chi. Amazing historic buildings. Very good place for a morning brisk walk. Love the ambience. Only hated the mosquitoes at night. The locals said it was because of the river surrounding the island.

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Additional Information about Shamian Island

Address: North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Guangdong  >  Guangzhou
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00 am - 12:00 am

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