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Shamian Island

North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
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Ranked #8 of 492 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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English first
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

way too many people but interesting for a wander around buildings looked great shame starbucks was allowed to dominate a historic building but I guess thats China

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

A very green and peaceful area with beautiful architecture. Also a very historical area. Starbucks are here!

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EVERETT
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83 reviews 83 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The history, shops and dining on the island were fabulous. The architecture and scenery were very neat to take in.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Took a leisurely stroll around Shamian Island. I went during the week so it wasn't busy at all. The French style architecture was nice and very different from traditional Chinese architecture. Walking along the Pearl river were many locals fishing. Was a nice ending to my holiday in Guangzhou.

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

it was late and almost dark when i got there. maybe beacuase of that, i can't really see what's this island is all about. the only thing i like is the street food outside the island

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful place to walk, go for a cup of coffee at star bucks , or also have a great dinner at I Love Lucy's , or just get a subway sandwich, i really like better at nigth

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

A quiet corner where one can escape the bustling city, with attractive buildings, some fine restaurants, and very popular with young couples posing for their wedding photos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

It was built in the 19th century. All the buildings was preserve well. You can feel how's the life of the people during that century lives. The square has a garden and park for you to take a walk and it's also located along the zhujiang river. Most of this old buildings have been converted to hotels but the external... More

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Oceanside, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

As long as the White Swan Hotel is closed for refurbishment, Shamian Island will be largely past it's heyday. We were very saddened at the many closed shops and missing sidewalk vendors. We spent many memorable days at the White Swan, and walking the streets and parks of the Island some years ago. We did find Lucy's Restaurant still open,... More

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Macau, China
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23 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Shamian Island, once an enclave for British and French trading houses (and a previous sandbar) provides a charming stroll across pages of history. Wonderful old buildings, many in process of restoration, others with a faded elegance, tree lined avenues, fabulous sculptures telling the story of days gone by. Spend a couple of relaxing hours - several cafes and restaurants (and... More

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