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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
Fee: No
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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Nice place to visit for something different

As part of an adoption group, we spent about 3 hours on Shamian Island. It wasn't enough. There is a lot to do on a small island. We spent most of our time exploring the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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San Antonio, Texas
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147 reviews 147 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

I was told that this small island with hotels, shops, restaurants and businesses was a quiet and relaxing melting pot of international culture. To me, it was just another over-crowded tourist spot.

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Washington State
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

As part of an adoption group, we spent about 3 hours on Shamian Island. It wasn't enough. There is a lot to do on a small island. We spent most of our time exploring the shops which are small and extremely friendly. The shops are geared for tourists and there are some specific adoption type shops. This is THE spot... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

This spot is a beautiful and fairly quiet place to chill out. A pity that has no terraces or restaurants where to refresh yourself - only one Starbucks :-S

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The Architecture, ambience, peacefulness and overall vibe of this little piece of paradise. Trees, birds, school children, photographers, people strolling - life as it's been for decades if not centuries.

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Guangzhou, China
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15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

this is a place to go when you need a break from the city. Nice pedestrian area with coffee shops, nice little souvenir shops. I doesn't seem to be in Guangzhou...

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Camden, Australia
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236 helpful votes 236 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

If you crave excitement this is not the place for you. But for a peaceful escape from the city it is worth checking out. Plenty of nice buildings and gardens, coffee shops and people watching. Just sit and relax and enjoy it. Some good photographic opportunities too.

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Guilin, China
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I guess it is a great thing to have such a lush place for a big and fast city like Guangzhou. But other things are not so great. The buildings are clearly renovated and short in storytelling. Anyhoo, it is just nice to walk around if you have nothing better to do.

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Shanghai, China
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A bunch of small pedestrian streets with cute coffee places. If you need a calm place to chill with a great atmosphere you might want to try it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

A site with old colonial buildings. Many locals spend their evening here and Pearl River. Good place for people watching.

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Pontianak, Indonesia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

another face of china's westerner living area. it has food and beverages like coffee and other kind of snacks and food

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