We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shamian Island

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
Website
Improve this listing
Today
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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.
read more
Book ahead on Viator
Private Tour
More Info
$240*
and up
Best Private Tour: Best of Guangzhou City...
Top Rated
More Info
$65*
and up
Private Historical Tour: Guangzhou City...

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 773 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 350
    Excellent
  • 303
    Very good
  • 102
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Small beautiful island

Small island in China which is beautiful. Like a big garden, You can walk around, take picture, chit chat with you friends or just read a book/relax your mind. Don't worry if you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Stefanii_Wjy
,
Surabaya, Indonesia
Add Photo Write a Review

773 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
singapore
Level Contributor
34 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I have been to Europe, and a few parts of China. Its nice to see that Guangzhou still kept an area with European styled buildings as one of the attraction - However, I think the buildings are not particularly well kept. The whole area/street were with nice buildings to look at, and take pictures of. There's many people there for... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Surabaya, Indonesia
Level Contributor
25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Small island in China which is beautiful. Like a big garden, You can walk around, take picture, chit chat with you friends or just read a book/relax your mind. Don't worry if you are hungry or thirsty, there are Subway and Starbucks which is have a unique theme decoration.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Shamian Island is, as others have written, a special part of Guangzhou in that it offers a throwback atmosphere of old China when occupied and settled by Europeans. However, do not expect to feel completely swept away to another land. From the old ladies practicing tai chi by the water, to the throngs of mainland tourists, to the fish market... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Maribor, Slovenia
Level Contributor
58 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Island is giving you feeling as you are not in China and it is a quiet and peaceful part of the city. Here you can also sit down in a European style and have a beer the same way.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kuala Lumpur
Level Contributor
38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A good place to walk around especially The White Swan Hotel. Lovely cascade lobby and by the Pearl River. Wide streets with interesting architecture shopping and restaurants.

Was this review helpful? Yes
China
Level Contributor
58 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Shamian Island is a charming few blocks of European architecture by the Pearl River, interspersed with well-kept gardens and interesting bronze sculptures. Some of the buildings are now hotels, restaurants, or coffee shops, others seem to be vacant. Other than this, there is none of the blatant commercial excesses of some historic sites. We should be grateful that the Chinese... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

A part of Guangzhou representing colonialism in the last century. Beautiful European architecture that's well preserved. Very popular spot for locals to do wedding photo shoots. There's a cool coffee shop that features Luwak coffee from Indonesia, a little pricey but has a unique aroma and taste. Be sure to visit the white swan hotel and Victory Hotel close by.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hong Kong, China
Level Contributor
18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This was an authentic European district within China : a really special place in QZ. Visit it every time when I am in QZ- feel so relaxed walking along the car- free main avenue, surrounded by trees and old buildings.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hangzhou, China
Level Contributor
149 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We did visit this during a weekend in early August. Based on many positive reviews in TA we thought to come here. In general Shamian is a nice glimpse of the past and the architecture is pretty (old European style). If you are in Guangzhou and you have couple of hours extra time I think Shamian is a civilized place... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
111 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This precinct is an oasis of colonial architecture, gardens, hotels and peacefulness amongst an area of rich history for local and international travellers to enjoy. The island is surrounded by the Pearl River and White Swan Lake, full of well restored English and French buildings on a grand scale, surrounded by street scales of trees, flowers and shade in contrast... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Shamian Island also viewed

 

Been to Shamian Island? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Shamian Island and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Dongguan, China
6 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Shamian Island staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?