Shamian Island

Shamian Island, Guangzhou: Hours, Address, Shamian Island Reviews: 4.5/5

Shamian Island
4.5
Historic Sites • Neighborhoods • Islands
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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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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Stephen C
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Located about 8km away from downtown is the Shamian island. This place is a cluster of colonial buildings and the area served as a cluster for embassies and also a maritime in the early 1900s.

It is now converted into an artsy place with cafes and bistros. Photo buffs will visit, and newly weds come to have their bridal photos taken.
Written February 27, 2022
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HowardPH
Sydney68 contributions
Well worth a walk around for 1.5 hours. Colonial area with walking streets, cafes and parks. Nice courtyard at Starbucks for a break. Toilets in the modern hotel if you poke around. Ask your hotel to write the destination in Cantonese, and tap the taxi meter to remind the driver to turn it on.
Written January 9, 2020
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eyeung
Toronto, Canada10 contributions
Couples
Took taxi from our hotel to the island. Nice strolling along the well marked avenues with many cafes along the way. It wasn’t crowded on Tuesday late morning. There are still lots of historical buildings to see (former foreign embassies) now converted to hotels and offices. A place to take it easy, leisurely read a book or take some photos. We spent an hour here and walked 15 min back to the subway station.
Written January 8, 2020
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Robert E
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Was a treasure to find this oasis preserved and fully functional. Great escape to walk the cobbled streets and look at how life was for some anyway. Found a great restaurant with authentic Cantonese cuisine and friendly staff with enough English to advise and serve us with our non existent Chinese.
Written January 8, 2020
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Scott M
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Couples
Loved Shamian Island. Started at Starbucks, worked our way to the water front park, then up and down streets. Great people watching, great photo opportunities, fun shops (especially the arts and crafts shop) and good food options. Love the colonial charm.
Written January 19, 2020
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,096 contributions
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We enjoyed an afternoon walk around Shamian Island, and it tree shaded streets. The best part was walking on the central pedestrian walkway which extends through the central part of this man-created island, for at one time it was not separated by water from the main portion city. On this visit, I concentrated on viewing the many beautiful bronze statues which are on the main pedestrian walkway and its side streets.
Written April 28, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,096 contributions
Came for an afternoon walk to enjoy the local scenery, comprised mainly of mansions, former embassy buildings, restaurants, cafes, and lots of bronze statues, We stopped at one of the cafes, and had drinks and delicious ice creams.
Written May 17, 2020
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Adventurer17330
Portsmouth in the United Kingdom1 contribution
I regularly visit Shamian Island in Guangzhou, and it is a place to wander around and feel the atmosphere of years ago. There are many places to eat, sit and watch the river traffic or just savour the view. The White Swan Hotel is just one of several and worth a visit You do not have to be an expert to appreciate what Shamian must have been like many years ago, and today, some of the buildings are being renovated. There are many interesting metal statues to look at depicting times gone by which have been donated by the Bank of China. The White Swan Hotel contains a really superb bookshop with many books in English about the Island and China.

Lucy's is a good place for a beer, coffee or meal and reasonably priced but the appeal of Shamian is in the many buildings, they vary and all have a metal plaque giving some information.

I love the place, and do not agree with a previous visitor that it is boring. I aways get the bus there, or walk there, and it is a haven of peace in a rather noisy and boisterous City. The river view there is particularly pleasant. Do not miss it, take your time and explore it and get a feel for the past. Read about it and get a map,
Written February 9, 2005
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InnaYYZ
Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
To some degree this is a sad area. It is a reminder of the French and English who tried dominating China in years gone past. Nice area for a morning or afternoon. Lots of cafes and restaurants. The Starbucks is in one of the historical buildings.
Written August 18, 2019
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CanadianExpat2009
Canada25 contributions
Great place to go when youve had enough of the busy Guangzhou city life. And only a quick 5 minute walk from the metro.
Dont expect anything extrodinary. But there is alot of cool architecture with a kind of 'new orleans' feel to it.

Cobble street roads

A really rustic looking Starbucks with a nice outdoor patio. Or grab a coffee to go while you walk around this nice scenic area.

A Deli shop where you can get some good baked items and ice cream.

Lots of art gallerys.

A nice moderatley priced western restaurant inside an old train trolly from Shanghai.

And make sure to take the ferry back across the river for only 1.5 rmb! cant beat it!
Written January 19, 2009
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