Shamian Island
Shamian Island
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Yan C
    Hong Kong, China883 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended
    A perfect place to escape the crowds and noise of the city and spend a quiet stroll to enjoy the scenery of Pearl River and to admire the old buildings from past centuries. There are cafes and tea houses for friends to rest and have a quiet chat. This is a special part of the city, full of history too. Quite worthy of a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 27, 2023
  • TaherAlbaghliJulian
    Kuwait City, Kuwait1,857 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Muse see
    It is lovely island in Pearl river. When I was in China I visit this place in 29-August-2023.It is not far from my hotel in Tianhe. me, my daughter Tammy and my wife enjoyed walk in the island. There is so much history and interesting stories attached to this lovely landscaped colonial colony.my favourite was statues and the red roses. In my view Recommended especially for families with kids.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 19, 2023
  • Zfy Ed
    Singapore, Singapore10,344 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to visit!
    Shamian is a sandbank island in the Liwan District of Guangzhou. The island's name literally means "sandy surface" in Chinese. The territory was divided into two concessions given to France and the British by the Qing government in the 19th century. It was once an important business port in Guangzhou, witnessing the changes of Guangzhou's modern history, the island's European architectural style buildings formed a unique open-air museum which I like and reminded me of my revisit to France in June this year. Many of such buildings have now turned into cafes, restaurants or social community centers for the local residents. It is a very nice place to visit and on the day of our visit, it was drizzling but was wonderful to walk in the rain to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the island. There are many greenery and flowers, along with the bronze statues all around with each representing a theme. The place is not big and one can simply walk around the entire island. And you can walk here from Huangsha metro station, a mere 10-15mins walk here.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 27, 2023
  • Mike B
    Christchurch, New Zealand149 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You must eat at J.M Chef on the main street. Best Chinese food you will ever eat !!!
    Glad we saw this area on Trip Advisor. Lovely walk around the historic area, but the food was the most memorable ! DEFINETLY go to the J.M Chef restaurant (down the end on the right). The best Chinese food that you will ever eat. The wine selection was great, but we loved their cheapest one. We returned the next day for more. There maybe a small que, but put your name down, and walk across the street to the discount Italian clothing shop across the road, while you are waiting.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 5, 2024
  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely bronze statues
    Shamian is a good place for a relaxing, unrushed walk. The island greenery is well maintained. There are many very nice European architecture buildings. During my visit, I stopped for a break at a cafe, and later for ice cream. I love the bronze statues, of which, there are many spread throughout Guangzhou and other places in China.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 2, 2024
  • The-Mong-Melbourne-Australia
    Maroondah, Australia514 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You must visit this place for a three or four hour morning or afternoon
    This place is absolutely beautiful, hardly any crowds, gorgeous to walk around, just a relaxing chill for three or four hours, lots of knickknacks to buy, coffee to have, lunch to have and photos to take. This would have to be the number one place, I would recommend people to go to in Guangzhou if they’re Guajillo. Tranquil, beautiful and obviously the locals love it because of the Mount of Instagram photos and women posing for setup photos will blow your mind. I’ve never seen anything like it… But it’s interesting!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 15, 2024
  • Your Travel Buddy SG
    Singapore, Singapore31,992 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Architectures
    Old historical buildings scattered around the park. There are still people living here which makes the experience an interesting one. Walk further down and we can see pearl river again. There was a lot of Chinese playing musical instruments there when we visited. Not forgetting some cafes scattered around the region and we visited Starbucks, which was located inside a historical building as well. A number of great spots to take some really nice pictures.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 22, 2024
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Your Travel Buddy SG
Singapore, Singapore31,992 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Old historical buildings scattered around the park. There are still people living here which makes the experience an interesting one. Walk further down and we can see pearl river again. There was a lot of Chinese playing musical instruments there when we visited. Not forgetting some cafes scattered around the region and we visited Starbucks, which was located inside a historical building as well. A number of great spots to take some really nice pictures.
Written April 23, 2024
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Yan C
Hong Kong, China883 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
A perfect place to escape the crowds and noise of the city and spend a quiet stroll to enjoy the scenery of Pearl River and to admire the old buildings from past centuries. There are cafes and tea houses for friends to rest and have a quiet chat. This is a special part of the city, full of history too. Quite worthy of a visit.
Written July 27, 2023
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Shamian is a good place for a relaxing, unrushed walk. The island greenery is well maintained. There are many very nice European architecture buildings. During my visit, I stopped for a break at a cafe, and later for ice cream. I love the bronze statues, of which, there are many spread throughout Guangzhou and other places in China.
Written March 2, 2024
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TaherAlbaghliJulian
Kuwait City, Kuwait1,857 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It is lovely island in Pearl river. When I was in China I visit this place in 29-August-2023.It is not far from my hotel in Tianhe. me, my daughter Tammy and my wife enjoyed walk in the island. There is so much history and interesting stories attached to this lovely landscaped colonial colony.my favourite was statues and the red roses. In my view Recommended especially for families with kids.
Written September 19, 2023
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HowardPH
Sydney65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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, Canada14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • 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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Dawei
World26 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I first came here nearly 30 years ago, then it was a quiet rundown backwater of Guangzhou, the historic buildings were all there and concrete utility housing filled the park in the centre, it had plenty of local character and interest. Now it has mostly been restored and turned into ta ubiquitous a "tourist point". With the usual cheesy traditional tourist tatt. You can still see some of the original life here in some of the old buildings but it ain't as interesting as before. Great for a relaxing stroll and a break from the city. If want local character better crossing the road opposite and exploring the low-rise old buildings there, you can still see local life not manacured shopping malls and high rise boring towers.
Written August 26, 2023
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Robert E
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
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
91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • 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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Mike B
Christchurch, New Zealand149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Glad we saw this area on Trip Advisor. Lovely walk around the historic area, but the food was the most memorable ! DEFINETLY go to the J.M Chef restaurant (down the end on the right). The best Chinese food that you will ever eat. The wine selection was great, but we loved their cheapest one. We returned the next day for more. There maybe a small que, but put your name down, and walk across the street to the discount Italian clothing shop across the road, while you are waiting.
Written January 5, 2024
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