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Shamian Island

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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
+86 20 8121 7557
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was so good ahving good secenaries which makes people to stay there and having lot of relief to go there

Thank Manish2618
Reviewed yesterday

I really fell in love with Shamian Island because it was simply such a picturesque place, everything is so calm and beautiful here! What caught my attention was the Satrbucks establishment that looked like a fancy manor, so I got myself a hot chocolate and...More

Thank uzzues
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are just looking for a quiet stroll in a park to view older colonial architecture then it is worth the trip. Not much to do here, a few benches and beautiful trees. I would not trek across the city, but if you are...More

Thank IrishFoodluvr
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small area of land next to Pearl river. This land was occupied by the British and the French. They continued to occupy this island even after China has freed itself from the colonial powers.Finally, after they moved out, the Chinese Government maintained...More

Thank RudraPalash
Reviewed 1 week ago

Shamian Island used to be a European enclave which is demonstrated by the European architecture across the island. I enjoyed walking around the island, looking at the buildings, exploring the park and watching the buildings light up on the bridge. I'd recommend a short visit...More

Thank l0nd0ngirl24
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Seems a lot of Chinese cities have these areas with colonial / western architecture. Compared to what you'd find in, say, Shanghai, this one is a smaller but also much more relaxed and peaceful. Worth an afternoon stroll.

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The architecture on the island is nice and the neighbourhood is quiet. Eventhough it was not exactly the big highlight for us but if we would have 2 hours of time to dispose we would come again for a relaxed walk. In a historic context...More

Thank rapha_y_nici
Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful and historic, this was my favorite part of Guangzhou visit. We just strolled around the old streets and relaxed. The weather wasn't too hot either which added to the enjoyable experience. It's a nice free attraction if you like history, architecture or if you...More

Thank Patrick G
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

My hubby and I visited Shamian on a Sunday. It reminded me of the Spaniard, French arquitectural buildings you find in Europe, some States in the US and in the Caribbean. Many of the establishments (restaurants and stores) were closed because it was Sunday. Strolled...More

Thank threemagickings
Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

We stopped by after hearing about this area of town from plenty of other folks. We took a cab over from our hotel- roughly 15 minutes - and walked around for about 2 hours. Even at 9 am in the summer, it’s hot! We went...More

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Anna M
June 26, 2017|
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Response from Donald F | 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 Vlady C | Reviewed this property |
Where does one do Chinese laundry in China? Tough question to answer.
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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