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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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A different side of Guangzhou definitely worth visiting

This is one of those places that sounds interesting but you wonder whether it's worth making the effort to get across to see it, only to go "wow!" when you do eventually get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Beijing, China
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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This is one of those places that sounds interesting but you wonder whether it's worth making the effort to get across to see it, only to go "wow!" when you do eventually get there. We were very impressed. This is a beautifully maintained European-style old quarter that you will be glad you made the effort to head across to take... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Looking for some European architecture in this modern city of Guangzhou? Shamian Island allows you to stroll along well maintained buildings from the last century, unwind under old trees and feed your taste buds in one of the many coffee shops and restaurants. Best done under the week, as during the weekends and holidays the area is extremely crowded by... More 

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Newcastle
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

I appreciate the history, I appreciate the pleasant colonial building but really there's very little to do here but walk around it. Maybe have a coffee?

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Bath, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Pretty and picturesque. Sometimes it can get crowded so go early morning or on a hot day. We like to rde our bikes around the Island and stop at Lucy's for lunch. Feels like an oasis in the middle of the busy city.

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Milano, Italia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Once arrived to Shamian Island You'll feel like you're back to '900. The old buildings and the statues around the island tell us the history of this magic place. The park is really quite and you can easily stay all day and relax under the shadow of the trees. If you visit Guangzhou, this is a place must to go!

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York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Lovely sculptures. 2 churches but both closed. Starbucks was the only refreshment option. Perhaps its livelier in the evening.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Unique to Guangzhou is this historic neighborhood, with it's colonial architecture and tree lined streets. I usually stay near the river when in Guangzhou, thinking the air quality will be a little better. Shamian Dao has several small hotels worth staying in (and I don't mean the White Swan).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

If there is one not to miss in GZ its shamian island. Its like going back in time with its colonial buildings and history. The famous white swan hotel is also here. Nice restaurants and park too.

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Changsha, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Interesting colonial architecture and a generally peaceful atmosphere, nice for taking a gentle stroll.

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

It's a good place for a walk in a 19th-century old-fashioned living quarter. It was a colonial place in the old days. There're some quality restaurants, cafe or tea salon.

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