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Shamian Island, Guangzhou

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Island Historic Site
Wander the quiet streets and pedestrianized lanes of Shamian Island to glimpse one of the province's finest remaining clusters of European colonial architecture. Beginning in the 18th century, merchants and traders from France, Great Britain, United States, Germany, and elsewhere in the West built mansions and residences along the shore, leaving behind an indelible mark on the area's architectural heritage. Explore tree-lined avenues and you'll find an array of grand European-style buildings, as well as numerous lush gardens, fountains, and squares. Keep an eye out for the plaques that adorn many of the more notable buildings and offer insightful information about the structure's history and construction date. Work out when and for how long to visit Shamian Island and other Guangzhou attractions using our handy Guangzhou trip itinerary maker.
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  • There really isn't much to do on this tiny manmade island. While the buildings were fun to look at, most were not in use. Probably a good photography spot but I wouldn't recommend spending more than a...  more »
  • Shamian Island, Guangzhou. With recent economic changes and fast growth of Chinese cities there is not much left of old architecture. Shamian is an exception. It was ceded to U.K. and France in 1859 s...  more »
  • This was so beautiful! We loved seeing the architecture and shopping at the little stores around. We were in Guangzhou finalizing our adoption. Would definitely recommend going!  more »