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Shamian Island

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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
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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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Western feeling in China

The Island is giving you feeling as you are not in China and it is a quiet and peaceful part of the city. Here you can also sit down in a European style and have a beer the same... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Maribor, Slovenia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The Island is giving you feeling as you are not in China and it is a quiet and peaceful part of the city. Here you can also sit down in a European style and have a beer the same way.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A good place to walk around especially The White Swan Hotel. Lovely cascade lobby and by the Pearl River. Wide streets with interesting architecture shopping and restaurants.

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China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Shamian Island is a charming few blocks of European architecture by the Pearl River, interspersed with well-kept gardens and interesting bronze sculptures. Some of the buildings are now hotels, restaurants, or coffee shops, others seem to be vacant. Other than this, there is none of the blatant commercial excesses of some historic sites. We should be grateful that the Chinese... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

A part of Guangzhou representing colonialism in the last century. Beautiful European architecture that's well preserved. Very popular spot for locals to do wedding photo shoots. There's a cool coffee shop that features Luwak coffee from Indonesia, a little pricey but has a unique aroma and taste. Be sure to visit the white swan hotel and Victory Hotel close by.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This was an authentic European district within China : a really special place in QZ. Visit it every time when I am in QZ- feel so relaxed walking along the car- free main avenue, surrounded by trees and old buildings.

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Hangzhou, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We did visit this during a weekend in early August. Based on many positive reviews in TA we thought to come here. In general Shamian is a nice glimpse of the past and the architecture is pretty (old European style). If you are in Guangzhou and you have couple of hours extra time I think Shamian is a civilized place... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This precinct is an oasis of colonial architecture, gardens, hotels and peacefulness amongst an area of rich history for local and international travellers to enjoy. The island is surrounded by the Pearl River and White Swan Lake, full of well restored English and French buildings on a grand scale, surrounded by street scales of trees, flowers and shade in contrast... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A great escape from the busy city. Its great to stroll the many walkways and enjoy the views and sounds. We had lunch at Lucy's Bar, please skip it....food was not great! Realy nice Starbucks towards the centre.

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Shenzhen, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Shamian Island is significant place with old residence made by colonists and probably good point to catch-up story of Guangdong role in history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Ancient buildings and giant trre by the riverside.Very good hotel and hıstels inside Area is so close to subway and shopping malls.

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