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Review of Shamian Island

Shamian Island
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 11, 2014

Line with European structures, peaceful park with many statues, and a great place for photos. Great restaurants nearby.

Thank Dylan Z
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Reviewed February 8, 2014

I like the view and architectures in Shamian. Saw so many couples taking pre-wedding photos there. I think it is a must visit attraction in GZ. The Thai Restaurant there is excellent (don't know its English name.) I have been there twice in late 2012 and 2013.

1  Thank Nikita W
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Reviewed February 3, 2014

Shamian island,is a little piece of European architecture in central Guanzhou.I anticpated more interesting architecture than I saw,a little bland and touristy.if your passion is taking photos then this is photo heaven .Otherwise for a European nothing to write home about.For a Chinese visitor a polite insight into colonial architecture without depth.Good for an afternoons walk,

Thank peter c
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Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Shamian Island is rated high on tourist attractions in Guangzhou and following our day out this review shall be constructive.
Having arrived by tube which is most convenient and accurate from previous reviews, the Metropolitan Mall is full of restaurants and shopping areas for all to enjoy. The motorway bridge is straight ahead and the footbridge to Shamian Island is a few seconds walk from the Mall.
Watch out for the beggar who has made home to the bridge making the place look untidy.
Street sellers can be seen selling there wear across the bridge.
Shamian Island is reached by crossing the small bridge and immediately the European styles of buildings are visible.
There are plenty maps showing the island and it is a lovely walk for an hour or so. Some of the 18th century architecture is a reminder of typical French build but the place needs to have a bit TLC for a highly rated tourist attraction. Perhaps for those whom have not had the pleasure to visit Europe , this island and it's old international government and banking buildings is the nearest thing to reality. There is a feeling of Europe however for me it's been an ok day but nice to get back to Centre of town.

Don't let this review spoil your day as it's not intended to be a dull review , just wasn't for me.

Hope you enjoy.

Thank Billy T
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Reviewed January 31, 2014

Shamian Island was the reason I wanted to see Guangzhou after two decades. When I first visited the city in the early 1990s, I stayed in the youth hostel on the island. It was a restful refuge after a day of wandering in the city, going through the dark streets near the Qingping market, and battling the city's rather confusing tangle of public buses and cabbies with frontier-like mentality in the era before the metro system. Shamian then, as it is now, was distinguished by its buildings with an European touch and streets on a uniform grid. Two decades ago, though, the buildings were rather shabby, and hostelites (who were staying for up to a week or more) resorted to making an occasional foray into the the nearby luxury-class White Swan hotel for some real coffee or comfort snack. Dinner was from a nearby small eatery, and we ate at make-shift tables on the street pavement, sipped our beer from a bottle while watching the oil in our food congeal over in the wintry night. If memory serves me correctly, the dinner location then, is now a big cafe/restaurant with its own parking space (and a gaudy Santa in gold costume when I visited the recent December). Overall, Shamian is pleasantly gentrified -- buildings are looking good with recent coats of paint and lawns are well-kept. Bronze statues of kids and tradesmen of the past dot the lawns in between buildings, and plaques tell the history of the island and the buildings in both English and Chinese from the Chinese perspective. Maps of the island, with clearly labelled streets and locations of amenities, are mounted at various spots. Despite the tourist-friendly features, the island appears to be a living community rather than one on show. Yes, there are couples seemingly on every other street corner, resplendent in their gowns and tuxes, getting their wedding photographs taken. But there appears to be residential blocks on the island as well as government and diplomatic offices, and a functioning church. A rather interesting business is a Chinese medical/health clinic that looked more festive and welcoming than the Chinese restaurant where we had a leisurely lunch. For those who need a cuppa, Starbucks has got a big outlet with its own garden seating. Prices are comparable to its outlets elsewhere. White Swan is closed for a major renovation, and the youth hostel, when I asked at the counter, said it is a guest house rather than a hostel. But the counter staff, although initially affronted with the place being mistaken for a hostel, quickly warmed up to banter with a former customer reliving the time from years ago. All in, we had a nice morning of about three hours on the island.

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