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Shamian Island

North Bank of Baie Bond, Liwan District, Guangzhou, China
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Ranked #9 of 495 attractions in Guangzhou
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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Guangzhou, China
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Sha Mian Dao (Shamian Island) is a mix of 18th and 19th century buildings with a tree lined boulevard through the center. At first glance it will remind an American visitor (or someone that has visited the Savannah Georgia area) of the Deep South in the US. It was once the home of the foreign embassys to China in Canton... More

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Gz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Used to be foreign embassys area,its serenity and foreign style buildings make it unique from other part of Guangzhou. There is a catholic church which attracts new couple to take their wedding dress photo. A 5 star Hotel- the white swan hotel, the first 5 star hotel in China is now renewing for opening again.Besides , several restraunts in Shamian... More

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ALISO viejo
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Enjoyed a nice walk there. Not so much for the architectures there but the green way made me feel the air quality suddenly became better!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

This Island is originally a sandbar which was reclaimed from the river in 1842 and divided into foreign concessions in 1859, primarily French and British. A Canal was built and two iron gates kept the Chinese population off the Island after ten o'clock every evening. The island now provides the tourist with a feeling of the times of the old... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Although the place is picturesque and beautiful, it is not exactly 'quiet and peaceful'. It might have been because I was there in the evening. The small size of the park means that I will always see clusters of people wherever I turn. Which really isn't what I look forward in a park. It's also situated beside a pretty stinky... More

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Thame, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

I came to Shameen (Sharmian Island, on the Pearl River in Southern Guangzhou) on a personal quest - to track my Father' footsteps as I am writing his biography ONE MAN THREE LIVES - the man who would never give up. I am delighted to find my father' old home. He lived here for up to 20 years up to... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

A very pretty little place in the midst of a big, crazy Asian city. Wet and atmospheric, with beautiful hanging trees when we were there, but still lots of brides getting special photos taken, and people wandering with umbrellas.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Very peaceful, night place for a stroll or to get away from the crowds for a bit. But otherwise, very boring, as there's little else to do here.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Guangzhou is pretty nuts - huge, frantic, and in parts totally overwhelming. So Shamian Island is a complete oasis. Old colonial buildings, tree lined streets, some great little cafes and restaurants (never been in such a beautiful Starbucks!), people out running and exercising - in short - totally relaxing and enjoyable. If you can, stay in one of the couple... More

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Ramat Gan, Israel
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

I would not have visited Shamian Island if my hotel was not located there. So, thank you hotel. The island is truly a refuge from the rest of Guangzhou, with the Pearl River nearby and beautiful colonial architecture throughout the island. It is a different world. In addition to hotels, there are residences, eating places, shops and parks, making for... More

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