You can walk around it in minutes, but you will want to stay for hours! The arcitecture is stunning, you truly dont realise you are in China!
First of all if you don't know anything about Chinese history or not interested in anything other than shopping and eating, then this is not for you (as evidenced by some of the poor ratings of this place). But this area is extremely important in modern Chinese history, esp the trading relationships of the Ching Dynasty with European countries, which... More
A nice shady area with lots of trees and old colonial design buildings if you are into this, not really much to do but a place to sit and relax and watch wedding photoshoots. I went on sunday perhaps thats why there were so many photoshoots.
Shamian Island is definitely worth a visit. It is easy to get to on the Metro. The European style buildings are restored or in the process. There is an interesting art gallery and the artist's studio is also worth taking a peek at. We enjoyed walking along the main boulevard, full of trees and gardens, and interesting bronze statues. The... More
We were so glad we visited Shamian Island! The buildings and scenery were beautiful, and it was nice to be somewhere with so many trees (offering a break from typical Guangzhou air). We visited on a Monday before lunch, and while walking around the island we passed at least 10 wedding photo shoots. The Starbucks on the island is very... More
Loved the old buildings, wide boulevards, signage & maps outlining the history of many of the European style buildings. Esp. loved the retro phone boxes. There are many bronze statues dotted throughout Shamian Island which are a wonderful depiction of life in old Guangzhou and which are throughout the city of Guangzhou. Enjoyed a simple lunch at Lucy's Cafe. The... More
Go there in the morning, hoping to have a good b/fast at a relaxing out door environment. But, a bit disappointed, as nothing much to see, and none of eateries is open. Only see some locals exercising and dancing. Luckily, found one Chinese restaurant name Tao ren Xian. Went in as there is no other choice. Was lead to the... More
Guangzhou is always crowded with people and vehicles in its city centre. If you're tired with the busy environment around, you may go to Shamien and find a different Guangzhou. With European and historical style buildings and Starbucks here, you can spend an afternoon with a relaxing afternoon tea. After this, you may walk around on this 'island', and you... More
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