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Shamian Island

North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
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Ranked #9 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

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
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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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Gosford, Australia
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42 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

you must read the history of shamian to understand how it comes to be here.shamian is on the tourist list of things to see in guangzhou but we stayed at the victory hotel on the island . you walk accross a footbridge and on one side you have busy chin and the other paris. if may never get to paris... More

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Fort Collins, CO
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Very quiet and beautiful place to visit. There are several good restaurants on the island. Reminded us a lot of New Orleans.

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San Francisco, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is a real change of pace from the rest of Guangzhou - well worth a leisurely afternoon to walk around and enjoy the buildings and gardens and riverfront view.

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Hong Kong
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I visited this beautiful quiet colonial historic place many many times. In such a crowded city like Guangzhou, really can't find elsewhere like this to give you a break. The buildings here are so unique and full fo colonial atmosphere. Also, there are lots of old trees. You can take good nice photos at every corner. However, the shops here... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Nice place with colonial British era construction. Romantic place and lots of good dining just for relaxing or dating.

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liverpool
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32 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It's hard to believe this quaint and quiet island is part of the busy and bustling city. Set slightly off the main roads, hahving crossed the bridge it is as if you've left China. European style buildings, parks, western hotels and restaurants and even churches can be found here, as well as film crews, wedding photography shoots and tourists having... More

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Omaha, NE
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Beautiful and quiet, but not much out there anymore. There are many shops selling the same things (magnets, shirts, squeaky shoes, silk outfits, knick knacks, etc). A relaxing getaway from all the crowds.

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