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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. See Shamian Island and all Guangzhou has to offer by arranging your trip with our Guangzhou visit planner.
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  • It's very beautiful wondering around, the architectures were amazing. The tree lined pedestrian streets were very charming. There was a starbucks there, a good spot to break from the heat. Also stop b...  more »
  • Very nice small island, looks like the old concessions, a peacefull place. Don't forget also to visit the nearby fish market (north west side of the island)  more »
  • The calmest area of the city for me. A bit touristy so the shops 'prices are a bit exegerated. But everything is always open to negociations :)  more »

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