Shamian Island

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  • Address: North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Tags: Island, Family And Kids, Neighborhoods

Shamian Island - Review

Shamian Island is an island in the Liwan District of Guangzhou city. The island is basically a sandbank and hence, the island's name actually implies "sandy surface" in Chinese. The island is a recorded territory that serves as a serene indication of the provincial European period, with foot parkways flanked by trees and lined by authentic structures in different states of upkeep.

The island has a lot of options for people with regards to hotels, restaurants and visitor shops offering many different kinds of curios and keepsakes. Different bronze statues are scattered around the island which outline life as it was throughout the ancient periods on the island, and from later times.

Since the early 2000s, Shamian Island has become popular due the numerous Western couples who live there while looking to securely adopt Chinese infants and youngsters.

Being prominent as a tourist destination, the island has many markets and shopping zones. People can find different kinds of items but they need to be cautious while shopping as they can easily get ripped off. Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following Guangzhou itinerary 3 days.

Shamian Island Information

  • The Island is a good to stay for a day or two. There are quite a few hotels here.

How To reach Shamian Island by Public Transport

  • Take bus numbers 823 from Railway station Bus Terminal to City hospital of traditional medicine and then walk a bit or take bus no. 9, 38, 105, 208 etc. to Huangsha Wharf Station.

Restaurants Near Shamian Island

  • Pandan Indonesian Cuisine
  • Buoniorno
  • IL PONTE etc. 

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TripHobo Highlights for Shamian Island

  • Shamian Island Address: North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
  • Shamian Island Timing: 24-hrs
  • Shamian Island Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Shamian Island(preferred time): 04:00 pm - 09:00 pm
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Things to Know Before Visiting Shamian Island

  • 95% of people who visit Guangzhou include Shamian Island in their plan

  • 32.8% of people start their Shamian Island visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 30 Minutes to see Shamian Island

Thursday, Friday and Saturday

94.62% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Shamian Island

People normally club together Ancestral Temple and Temple Of The Six Banyan Trees while planning their visit to Shamian Island.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Shamian Island Trips

Shamian Island, Guangzhou Reviews

  • A small island with some beautiful old buildings and parks. Easy to get to by metro and a good place to spend a few hours wandering around.

  • Beautiful historical buildings. Worth a visit and take pictures. People like going to the Starbucks there for photo, but I would suggest going to the garden side (south of the island) to observe the locals and enjoy the local music.

  • Visiting Shamian island, Guangzhou city, China, during my second sabbatical stay at CanAm. Shamian used to be a sandbank with white Swan pond to its south and Shaji to its north. "Huajie Pavilion" was built in Ming Dynasty to manage foreign trades; Xigu fort was built in the mid Qing Dynasty to guard the city of Guangzhou. After the outbreak of the second Opium war, Britain and France made a request in 1859 that Shamian should become a settlement under the pretext that "the previous commercial firms were destroyed in the war, so new ones must be established" and they dug an artificial river (now Shajichong) to the north of Shamian, making it an island. In 1861, Britain and France forced the governor of Guangdong and Guangxi to sign a lease and Shamian has become a settlement since then. It wasn't until 1946 did the Chinese government formally take back Shamian. Instagram @profnasr

  • Shamian Island is one of the best tourist attractions in Guangzhou. This island used to be the concessions of the United Kingdom and France, and thereafter it became the site of many consulates. Colonial buildings can be found on every street of Shamian Island, and a lot of photographers visit this historic island.

  • A quant place, with olden type western style buildings, quite well maintained exteriors, suitable for a leisurely stroll for a couple of hours, though not longer. Caution, as is true for any place in China, DO NOT GO ON A FESTIVAL HOLIDAY, huge crowds. I made this mistake, and took me half an hour to park my car.

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