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Address: North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Description: This lovely, tree-lined neighborhood bordering the Pearl River was once...
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.
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waste of time

i don't get it, people say to go there as it was supposed to be nice, but it is not there nothing there apart from old people dancing and exercisisng

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

i don't get it, people say to go there as it was supposed to be nice, but it is not there nothing there apart from old people dancing and exercisisng

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Aarhus, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Shamian Island is a tranquil little area. We felt safe walking the streets in the evening and found the old buildings and walking areas beautiful.

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Houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Spent a relaxing afternoon strolling through the many elegant buildings of a bygone era. Did some shopping too at a tiny store. Shop keeper was friendly and prices reasonable. Saw a few couples taking wedding photos, by a wedding photo business along the park in the center of the island. Came across a Cantonese Opera performance in the park, with... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Small but picturesque - lots of old buildings from when various countries were allowed to trade inside China. Also a nice river walk.

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yangshuo, guangxi
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Great to find this island full of Portugese architecture in this crowded and noisy city. Wonderful to stroll around. It could get even more alive though.

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Perpignan, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Highly recommended. The island is very nice with all the colonial buildings...An oasis in the middle of the city. Beside you have a very interesting wholesale fish market and from then you can catch several ferry boats. For a few cents I took one to the Canton tower and it was a pleasure, despite the heavy pollution :(

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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

It was like having most of Shamian Island to ourselves because there weren't very many tourists when we were there. We found some amazing, one of a kind type of stores. It's a perfect place to buy things for children. We purchased "squeaky" shoes, hit the tea shops, had a personalized name stamp engraved and visited with the shop owners/managers.... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This is one of those places that sounds interesting but you wonder whether it's worth making the effort to get across to see it, only to go "wow!" when you do eventually get there. We were very impressed. This is a beautifully maintained European-style old quarter that you will be glad you made the effort to head across to take... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Looking for some European architecture in this modern city of Guangzhou? Shamian Island allows you to stroll along well maintained buildings from the last century, unwind under old trees and feed your taste buds in one of the many coffee shops and restaurants. Best done under the week, as during the weekends and holidays the area is extremely crowded by... More 

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Newcastle
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

I appreciate the history, I appreciate the pleasant colonial building but really there's very little to do here but walk around it. Maybe have a coffee?

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