The sandbank Shamian Island is located in the Liwan District of Guangzhou and is a popular attraction in the city. Its name directly translates to "sandy surface" and covers an area of 0.3 square kilometres - measuring up to 900 metres in width and 300 metres in length. A rich history surrounds the island, with its origins dating back to the Qing Dynasty when Shamian Island played an important role in Guangzhou's foreign trade. It features numerous historic monuments and buildings hidden by clumps of trees and the island also houses several hotels, restaurants and boutique shops that sell a range of curios and souvenirs. At present it is a key tourist destination and is visited by large numbers of visitors throughout the year.
Day time visits are recommended
Around 2 – 3 hours
Adults, Families, Young Adults, Senior Guests, Children
The old colonial buildings
Designated prayer facilities at Shamian Island might be unavailable but Muslim travellers may visit a mosque near Shamian Island in Guangzhou such as the Great Mosque of Guangzhou - also known as the Huaisheng Mosque or Guangta Mosque - which is the main mosque in Guangzhou. Plenty of private space is also available on the island and can be made use of.
Though a number of eateries will be available on the island, access to Halal food at Shamian Island may be limited. For Halal restaurants near Shamian Island, visitors may have to visit some of the Halal restaurants in Guangzhou such as the Bosphorus, Aussie Pizza, Xinyue Muslim Restaurant and Maedah.