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Shamian Island

North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
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Ranked #7 of 494 attractions in Guangzhou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Islands, Neighborhoods, Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This lovely, tree-lined neighborhood bordering the Pearl River was once home to foreign merchants, and today is a laid-back area ideal for strolling... more » Owner description: This lovely, tree-lined neighborhood bordering the Pearl River was once home to foreign merchants, and today is a laid-back area ideal for strolling or stopping for a meal or cup of tea. « less
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Adelaide, Australia
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188 reviews 188 reviews
53 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

What a beautiful place. Full of relaxed locals and tourists wandering around enjoying the colonial sites. There are a lot of bronze statues that local tourists put their kids on for photos much to everyone's amusement. If you are European you may be politely asked to pose for a photograph with some of the local families, which is a really... More

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sydney
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90 reviews 90 reviews
34 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

An oasis of calm in a very noisy and busy city. Lovely to just wander around the quiet streets , enjoying the colonial atmosphere. Pop into one of the cafes for a drink. The Starbucks is one of the nicest branches on the planet - i wouldn't usually recommend S'bucks (it also makes a perfect spot to cool down in,... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

you'll see some street art, old houses, a church and LOTS of wedding photographers and their clients. you can buy art from galeries. there's a pool there entry is 25 RMB (i dont know about the quality inside)

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

One of the best places to visit in Guangzhou. Nice atmosphere. A walk in the park across the rivier was very nice.

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Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This was a beautiful place to walk around during the day. Old western style buildings populate the rather small and quiet island, and the scenery is gorgeous and peaceful to be around. You can go to the south side and look at the river and enjoy watching groups of locals play their card games and enjoy the music put on... More

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Miri, Malaysia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

As a matter of fact, this area is quite small and doesnt have a lot to see or do , is just filled with European Style Buildings and a little Park. Will only recommend if you have never been to Europe and would love to see some colonial style buildings in Guangzhou.

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Avon Park, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We loved the bargaining you could do with the stores. The patrons were so helpful. The Starbucks was nice also.

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Cam.Sur
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I expected more from this place. It was just a bunch of French styled buildings, small parks and nothing more.

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Guangzhou, China
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I've lived in GZ as an expat for a few years but only just made it here last year. I went for an afternoon with my girlfriend and had dinner and drinks. Some of it feelis a little kitschy/tacky but it's at the same time the older western buildings are really cool. Personally I wouldn't mind living there because it's... More

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Napier, New Zealand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Lovely historic area, nice restaurants and bars. Worth a wander around just to soak up the atmosphere. Close to hotels in Liwan.

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