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Shamian Island

North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
+86 20 8121 7557
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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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  • Very good39%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
+86 20 8121 7557
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This little island was quaint and quiet. I enjoyed the architecture, trees and statues. We just strolled around for a little while. Not many shops but there were a few that were cute.

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Shamian Island is a nice little spot to take a leisurely stroll and practice your photography. This tiny little island is filled to the brim with character. There were loads of wedding photo shoots going on while we were there, despite the rainy morning. Don't...More

Thank DaScorpioQueen
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was excited to break out the camera and shoot here on Shamian Island, but once there, well, I felt let down. I really didn't want to shoot anymore after about 20 min of walking. It was like stepping into any city in America. So,...More

Thank saxy66
Reviewed 1 week ago

There really isn't much to do on this tiny manmade island. While the buildings were fun to look at, most were not in use. Probably a good photography spot but I wouldn't recommend spending more than an hour there.

Thank gnitiuh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Shamian Island, Guangzhou. With recent economic changes and fast growth of Chinese cities there is not much left of old architecture. Shamian is an exception. It was ceded to U.K. and France in 1859 similar to Hong Kong and was home to banks, consulates, and...More

Thank Manali K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was so beautiful! We loved seeing the architecture and shopping at the little stores around. We were in Guangzhou finalizing our adoption. Would definitely recommend going!

Thank brittanyl671
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You must visit this island with local people that will explain to you that here were living the rich families just several years ago. Now is inhabitat by new arrived families but the peace of a promenade, specially at night, is a nice experience. Excelent...More

Thank Josep_M_Casanovas
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the place left in Guangzhou where you can find those historical building, also the nice food around.

Thank Xuan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Shamian Island was an absolute surprise for me. To find so much Colonial architecture and history of the early days of trade between China and the rest of the world was just wonderful. I did a day tour and my guide Mark was very knowledgeable...More

Thank Sandy A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss this area. I suggest you to stay in hotels inside the Shamian district like victory hotel. you can walk there at night and enjoy the classic modern atmosphere.

Thank Pouya V
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does anyone know where to get our laundry done on Shamian island? a name an address please : )
January 12, 2017|
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Response from Vlady C | Reviewed this property |
Where does one do Chinese laundry in China? Tough question to answer.
Where can I get our laundry done on Shamian Island? thanks : )
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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How do I get there using public transportation?
March 5, 2015|
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Response from LEM3428 | Reviewed this property |
The easiest way to get there by public transport is to take line 6 to 'Xunfenggang' and exit at 'Cultural Park' station. From there you just need to cross the junction towards south and there lies the island. You can also... More