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Shamian Island, Guangzhou

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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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  • We stayed on shamian island, which felt like a different world compared to the hustle and bustle of Guangzhou. Lovely buildings and greenery. Nice to just walk around. 
  • It was like travelling back in time visiting Shamian Island. The old buildings were beautiful to see. It was also interesting reading the history on the many placards. 
  • As an architect, this was one of the place I chose to go while i was in Guangzhou, could sum up with a short sentence by saying this is somehow " A beautiful place with a unique history ".