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Shamian Island

 Guangzhou Attractions

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Introduction to Shamian Island (沙面岛)

Shamian Island is a unique tourist attraction in Guangzhou. Shamian Island is a sandbank island located in Liwan District of Guangzhou. As a specialized sightseeing and historical area, Shamian Island has become one of the must visit areas for tourists taking part in a Guangzhou tour.

Shamian Island has a long tradition with foreign trade affairs. It was an important port for Guangzhou’s foreign trade from Song Dynasty to Qing Dynasty. The island was divided into two concessions given to France and the United Kingdom by the Qing government in the 19th century, during which time many architectures featured with classical European styles were constructed. Today, Shamian Island is considered as a reminder of the colonial European period.

The tranquil environment of Shamian Island which is featured with pedestrian avenues flanked by trees and lined by historical buildings make it a great destination to have s troll and spend some joyful leisure time.

The highlights of Shamian Island are the European styled architectures. There are more than 150 historical buildings in various European styles of Gothic, Baroque, and Neoclassical. Famous buildings in Shamian Island include White Swan Hotel, The French Catholic Chapel, Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel, No.7 North Shamian Avenue.

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Liwan District, Guangzhou

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Main Sights

White Swan Hotel, The French Catholic Chapel, Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel, Consulate of Poland, Shamian Park

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Travel Information

Opening Hours: Open all day

Admission: Free

Best Time to Visit: Shamian Island is suitable to visit all year round.

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1. Take Subway Line 1 and get off at Huangsha Station, the island is a short 10 minute walk.

2. Take buses: 1, 5, 9, 25, 57, 64A, 69, 75, 81, 181, 206, 208, 222, 227, 233, 236 or 250.  

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Travel Tips 

1. Try to avoid visiting Shamian Island during the summer holidays and Golden Week in October as it will be extremely crowded.

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