Shamian, previous known as Zhongliusha or Shicuizhou, is an elliptic sandbar in the Liwan District of Guangzhou City, Guangdong Province. The island's name literally means "sandy surface" in Chinese. Surrounded by water, it is just like a giant ship mooring alongside the wharf. Get further and one will find that the island is carefully planned. Three east-west avenues, Shamian Avenue, Shamian North Avenue and the South Avenue, and five north-south streets, Shamian Street 1 to the Street 5 divide the whole area into 12 parts, with various buildings, namely White Swan Hotel, Shamian Hotel, and Poland Consulate in Guangzhou, scattered around.
Since the early 2000s, the Island has become well known for many Western couples who reside there, seeking to adopt Chinese babies and young children, most of whom are orphaned and female. In particular, the White Swan Hotel, adjacent to the Consulate of United States in Guangzhou and convenient to file paperwork and handle bureaucratic matters, has become a hotel of choice.
Shamian is a good place for a stroll. As it is just 900m long from east to west and 300m from south to north, one will not feel tired even after walking around the island twice. Due to traffic control on the island, it showcases a different atmosphere and pace of living. Problems such as traffic jams and exhaust gas pollution don't exist here. Now partly reserved for pedestrians, its broad boulevards are like long gardens topiaries. A line of bars and cafes on the southwest side with views over the Pearl River serves modern expats.
1. take bus no. 1, 9, 25, 57, 64, 75, 81, 105, 123, 181, 208, 209, 217, 219, 251, 270, 281, 297, 530, 538, 552 or 556 to Liuersan Road, cross the overbridge to find England Bridge and the cross the bridge to reach the island.
2. take bus no. 1, 9, 25, 57, 64, 75, 81, 105, 123, 181, 208, 209, 217, 219, 270, 281, 538, 552 or 552 to Huangsha Wharf Station. Then walk to the island in the south.
Take Subway Line 1 to Huangsha station. Get out from Exit F and walk through an overpass to the bridge to reach the Island.
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