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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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  • October 4, 2017
    Because over the edge of the colony, there will be a replacement of national custom, I manage the whole individual place summer heat, but here there are a lot of tree cover, cool, still there are many special shops to stroll, likes this spot and worth a visit.
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  • October 3, 2017
    Shamian Island is a great place to stay and to visit, a,little piece of colonial history tucked away from the modern tower buildings and next to an older part of the city, the comparisons are fascinat...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Amidst the glass and steel high towers of Guangzhou, you can visit a time when foreigners lived in luxury in Shamian Island. Stroll along quiet streets looking at the embassies and the old church. Wat...  more »

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Guangzhou's commercial industries make it well-equipped to host visitors, though do book well ahead of time if traveling during the peak fall and spring trade fair rushes. The city's gleaming skyscrapers contain a number of the best four- and five-star hotels in Guangzhou, while others lie tucked away in historical European-style buildings. For budget-friendlier options, a number of youth hostels welcome a steady stream of international visitors, though most are located outside of the city center.
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