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Shamian Island

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Open today: 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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Hours Today: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very disappointed when reach this Shamian Island. Lots of place nice to take photo was closed for renovation. The location looks like construction site not like attraction place.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank real_mohdH
Reviewed 1 week ago

I stayed on Shamian Island for about three days and enjoyed the atmosphere and the amenities. It's like taking a trip into the past. The statues in the streets help to invoke the past and project into the future. This was an island retreat for...More

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

The entire island (roads, buildings, and green spaces) is under construction so it is NOT worth a visit right now! Or at least if you visit you will need to use your imagination.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank travelon110
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shiamian Island has a long history associated with it. Shamian Island, previously known as Zhongliusha or Shicuizhou in the Liwan District of Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province. The island's name literally means "sandy surface" in Chinese. Surrounded by water. The Qing government had given the island...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank lenojanthony
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Only one other review stated this but ALL OF SHAMIAN IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. I mean ALL of it. You can’t walk anywhere and basically no photos. It’s LOUD, it’s dirty, and frankly it’s a waste of time. wear closed toed shoes if you MUST go....More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank schusax1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Date of experience: August 2019
20  Thank InnaYYZ
Reviewed August 12, 2019 via mobile

Almost all the buildings are under construction currently. Nothing much to look, if you are going just for the starbucks, just drop by if you are nearby.

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank huiyi26
Reviewed August 7, 2019

Shamian island was originally the place were the foreign legations were alowed to settle and therefore some gone-by-era ambience remains there. The building of the Starback caffe of Shamian for example is the mos beatiful I´ve ever seen

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed August 6, 2019

Was better the first time round when I visited the place. Now, much of the place is being barricaded off and there is nothing much to see.

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank davidwoo
Reviewed August 5, 2019

The history behind the island is interesting and there are some beautiful buildings. So many of the buildings are being renovated that it’s difficult to see them. There are bicycles for hire but unless you have the Chinese accounts you are unable to rent them.

Date of experience: July 2019
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December 15, 2018|
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Response from MickExplorer | Reviewed this property |
No idea. Apologies
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June 26, 2017|
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Response from donaldf968 | 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.