Guangzhou Sha Mian Island

Introducing Shamian Island, Shamian Island Guide, Shamian Island Travel Guide, Shamian Island Information.
Article from Guangzhou Municipal Commission of Tourism

Shamian Island was originally called Shicui Island ("Shicui" literally means "picking up green jade"). Shamian Island was a key ferry for domestic and foreign trade and a scenic spot in the Song Dynasty (960 AD – 1127 AD), the Yuan Dynasty (1206 AD – 1368 AD), the Ming Dynasty (1368 AD – 1644 AD) and the Qing Dynasty (1616 AD – 1911 AD). In the wake of the Opium War, Shamian Island became British and French concessions.

In the old days, Shamian Island was a historical scar of Guangzhou and also the first street populated by foreigners. For Chinese people, it is fair to say that Shamian Island has a sad and inglorious episode in its history. Nonetheless, washed by the stream of time, the traces of that sad history have gradually blurred and faded. A multitude of European-style buildings left over from history have made Shamian a showcase of European architecture. Pay a visit to Shamian Island, and you will see dating couples immersed in romance, senior citizens taking a stroll and newly-weds shooting their wedding photos. In a word, Shamian Island is a travel card of Guangzhou.

For everyone who has visited Shamian Island, the first impression is, more often than not, romance. Wherever you go, you can see pairs of newly-weds shooting their wedding photos. As some photographers say, line upon line of western-style buildings, coupled with the tranquil surroundings, make Shamian Island a perfect destination for photo shooting. The combination of Western-style buildings with Western-style wedding gowns can produce photos that forever linger on the minds of the newly-weds. In recent years, some newly-weds have chosen to wear traditional Chinese wedding costumes for photo shooting in Shamian Island. 

Shamian Island is not only a prime location for photographing, but also a main destination for business travel. Populated by a number of foreigners, Shamian Island is frequently visited by foreign tourists. As a tour guide says, Shamian Island is a must-go place for tourists. Tourists from France must be feeling a sense of familiarity when taking a stroll around Shamian Island, which is home to a variety of French-style buildings. As with Shanghai, Shamian Island boasts a vast array of foreign buildings left over from China's colonial periods, which makes Shamian Island a main attraction to foreign tourists.

The 16th Asian Games represents a new journey of Guangzhou. It has provided an opportunity for Guangzhou to reflect on its history. Culture received top priority in Guangzhou's Asian-Games program. Culture is the soul of a city, communicating its unique character and temperament. Cultural and historic heritages in Shamian Island have been well restored before and during the Games. One can get a glimpse of the historic beauty of Shamian Island from these well-preserved cultural and historic heritages.

Quick Facts on Shamian Island

• Name: Shamian Island
• Location: Downtown Guangzhou
• Phone: +86-20-81078200
• Dates: Qing Dynasty (1616-1911)
• Best Time to Visit: September to November
• Recommended Time for a Visit: 3 Hours
• Opening Hours: All Day
• Admission Fee: Free

Last Updated on Friday, 29 January 2016 09:16