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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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  • Relaxing surprise to see something not of Chinese architecture. Ironically yearned to see what other foreign influences there were here. Beautiful Western and European buildings blended into nature. W...  more »
  • Have a taste how the western society lived in Asia in the early days! Nice area to have a look when you like the old English and French buildings which are well maintained and some are up fro renovati...  more »
  • Shamian island is across the bridge down huangsha station of subway line 1, across the street. Map of Shamian island located at the entrance, so can locate here and Western. Feels like I think South Chaoyang area of Shanghai, is a lush green areas. Not bad, but it was raining on the day of the walk in the rain.
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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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