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Shamian Island

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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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North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Rarely in Guangzhou would you see buildings with European architecture. The streets of Shamian Island are clean, scenic, and great if you want to take gram-worthy photos. If you're in Guangzhou, I definitely wouldn't give this place a miss. If you're here in the afternoon...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank normankaimeng
Reviewed 5 days ago

We took the Metro Line 1 to Huangsha station exit F and crossed the busy road via the pedestrian overpass. Shamian Island was a former sandbank that was separated from the mainland by a man-made canal. Now it is a quiet little island to explore...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lightningboy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice buildings represent the british colonial era in china. There are churches, gift shops and a Starbucks. Many small funny statues. We saw a bride photo shoot and a modeling one there. Overall, its a nice place for a walk or to spend a morning.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank viimax
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth a visit to this small artificial island. One of the few places having kept the old colonial feeling, where the foreign representatives used to work and live. You'll find one of the very few churches as well. There's a Starbuck's and a couple of...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Federico s
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the Metro to Huangha Station. This In the intersection with line 6 (yellow) and. 1 (purple). We first went through the local Chinese Medicine Market. Walked through the little alleyways. Then crossed the bridge to the Island. A lot of old buildings, plenty...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice colonial architecture. You will get a feel of the old British and French influence in China. Nice place to visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Rishav B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some guide books (Lonely Planet) rank this as one of the top things to do in GZ. I would have to disagree. While it is a nice walk through tree-lined streets glancing at stately western architecture, there isn't much to do here. The guide books...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Blabbott
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The infrastructure are more European and has its own historic pass. Quite pleasant stroll along the landscape while looking at new outfit in the olden building. Impressed by some statute that compare the culture of east an west and also indicate the friendly neighborhood. Should...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank WH_Liang
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great place to get your steps in -- and be in the moment -- just soaking in a neighborhood that's well preserved from years gone by. There's nothing particular to see -- just soak in the surroundings. It's worthwhile, especially if your...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank JWarren8
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The infrastructure is beautiful and it’s history is very interesting. Has a beautiful park by the Pearl River! Would recommend visiting during the weekday so it’s less crowded.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Anna M
June 26, 2017|
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Response from Donald F | Reviewed this property |
Many shops near the White Swan Hotel on Shamian Island. Don't purchase at the shops inside the hotel, as the prices are outrageous.
January 12, 2017|
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Response from RoadTrippingWests | Reviewed this property |
The White Swan Hotel has laundry service. It's on the Island.
January 12, 2017|
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Response from noorar744 | Reviewed this property |
Shamian island itself is so small so maybe look around nearby. Sorry, can't help more:)
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Accommodation (7 Replies)
Hi, I'm visiting Guangzhou on 29th of March to 1st of April but I need help on which location to stay. My itinerary for this trip: Day 1 - Six Banyan Trees /Guangxiao Si/ Chen Clan Academy/ Shamian Island/ Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street Day 2 - Yuexiu Park (Is it the same as Guangzhou Sculpture Park?)/ Beijing Lu/ Haizhu Square/ Pearl River Cruise Day 3 - Shawan Ancient Town and Bao Mao (Any idea how long does the bus 67 takes from Shiqiao station?) I need an accommodation near metro...More
January 26, 2015|
Response fromGZ_Boy|
if you want to go to the Six Banyan Trees /Guangxiao Si/ Chen Clan Academy/ Shamian Island/ Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street or Yuexiu Park , you can find hotesl around Haizhu square (haizhu metro station ) , like landmark canton hotel guangzhou , or the Guangzhou Hotel , the metro station just under the Guangzhou Hotel , you may like thoe hotesl at Shamian Island, like Guangdong Victory hotel ? but it will be about 10-15 minutes walking to the Huansha Metro station . but I am not sure your...More
Visiting GZ - need help :) (0 Replies)
Hi! I will be travelling with family in 6days' time and am bringing my dad due to the cantonese community here. I have read up on GZ but need or advice on the plan i have made. There are few places that we would like to travel to: 1) Shamian Island 2) Pearl river night cruise (which we can do while at Shamian island) and does that mean we stay one night at Shamian or do we have time to return to hotel in GZ city (of which i have not decided which one yet) 3) Baiyun Mountain (White Cloud)...More
August 07, 2010|
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48 hours in GZ -- Help on the itinerary please! (6 Replies)
Will be in GZ this Monday, have 48hours to explore :) My temp itinerary is: Arrive GZ 0600. --Check in hotel (or leave luggage) at Tianhe Area. --DImsum at Tianhe Area (Suggestions? someone mentioned Biao Mei Restaurant 表妹靓点餐厅(维家思店) Tianhe Branch) --Or taxi to Chen Clan Academy --Dimsum at 点都德 Main branch - 587 Long Jin Zhong Lu, Liwan district  --Shop at Grandview Mall / TeeMall in Tianhe before going back to hotel. -- BVB vs AC Milan training at Tianhe Stadium ...More
July 14, 2017|
Response fromMacJourney1|
Your hotel and most of these places in your list are not in the same areas, not that close. Guangzhou is a very big city, distances on the map is greater than your estimates. If you follow your list, you'll be jumping back and forth to-from east to west, west to east. Maybe best to get a map and pinpoint varies sites on the map, then plan accordingly. There are dimsum restaurants everywhere, every building every hotel. I guess those on your list are famous ones? Says who? Anyway, they are...More