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Shamian Island

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Address: North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
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12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No

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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Quiet refuge in the midst of the city

A interesting quiet enclave in the midst of busy & crowded Guangzhou. The tree-lined roads and lane with European designed buildings makes this a nice place to chill out and have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Singapore, Singapore

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A interesting quiet enclave in the midst of busy & crowded Guangzhou. The tree-lined roads and lane with European designed buildings makes this a nice place to chill out and have a cuppa coffee.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Shamian island has many pretty small roads and a beautiful main padestrian road thru the middle of the island. The old colional foreign building, the many flowers and trees make it a perfect hide away from te busteling city. While you wander arround the allies you can almost everytime spot young couples that take their wedding pictures there.

Thank Bru T
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I spent almost 2 hours walking all the streets in this Island, to enjoy the views. We were surprised by how many local people were taking wedding photos here. Did not know whether they were having actual wedding photos or merely commercial photo shoots for silly advertisements. Some of them looked absurd in silly garments. Very soon,... More 

Thank PlanetOz
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This area is a quiet place with colonial buildings. Lots of families visiting and kids playing in the gardens. Totally separate from the masses of people at many sites, we enjoyed visiting this interesting site.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Quiet and nice place to admire the old buildings. A must visit to the starbucks cafe in a old building and have coffee

Thank ahbai1976
Lebanon, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Away from the noise of the city. Fresh Air and green area you ll find in guangzhou. You can actually go there anytime during the week if ur close to Huangsha station line 1. Half a km of walk and your in a noise free area.. make sure you take exit D or F.

Thank Youssef
Goulburn and Surrounds, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautifully preserved English/French area from the old days. Feels like a little bit of London & Paris in China with a very interesting history.

Thank gergmu
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Get to see different types of buildings. Each building represents different styles from British, French, German and etc. There are also sculptures around the island

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

you can have many photographing there. It's a nice place to have a cup of Starbucks listen to bird singing and very relax.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the island on which western traders had their warehouses (factories) in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century when trade with China was restricted only to Guangzhou. I don't think that there are any structures that go back that far, but there are well preserved shop houses and even former Consulates and banks of an era following the... More 

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