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Shamian Island

North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
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Ranked #10 of 493 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Of course everybody knows that Chinese cities are busy. That is why Shamian Island is a great place to go and find quiet colonial building to spend a couple of hours. And it is easy to go by bus or subway.

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Perth, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Quietly tucked away, this tranquel island is a must to visit to give your senses a mental break from the charging atmosphere of Guangzhou. Cobbled streets, old trees, morning excercise, dont miss it.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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67 reviews 67 reviews
19 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I spent 1 and 1/2 days here, recovering from my flight and waiting for Monday morning apointments. All I knew before of Gyangzhou has been the Tianhe district - great for shopping. The Island is simply wonderful and peaceful. Full of people out for a walk and a photograph. Go there over a weekend stroll and be enchanted by the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Nice Hotel Breakfast not so good. Great location with beautiful setting. Nice rooms West wing with balcony very nice. Very pleasant staff

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12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

I imagine this is how a Chinese person feels about going to a Chinatown in a Western city - a pathetic little attempt at the real thing! It looks like this area may have indeed been quite charming... possibly 75 years ago. The Starbucks was the only up kept place on the island (and boy was it pretty!). The little... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Some nice old buildings to look at. Good view of the river. Great for an afternoon stroll. Would have stopped for a drink if we had more time.

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Metairie, Louisiana
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Unbelievable beauty and old world charms with great comforts all throughout the island. Star Bucks coffee and trendy foods to be found add to the delight of being in this area of Guangzhou and somehow impresses one well enough to want to live on the island which clearly separates itself from the rest of Guangzhou`s dense population.

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England
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Sadly this visit was a let down as many of the places I went on a previous visit were no more. Some closed down others changed to something different.

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Tianjin, China
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Enjoyed the architecture, lush gardens and especially the awesome Starbucks! Jenny's place - got great service, postcards with stamps and an offer to send them for me!

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

A must visit place if you are in Guangzhou. Experience the British and French feel to the place, great places to eat and shop(barter)

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