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“Peacefull place in the middle of busy city”
Review of Shamian Island

Shamian Island
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Amazing Guangzhou Day Tour
Ranked #4 of 703 things to do in Guangzhou
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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 or stopping for a meal or cup of tea.
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“Peacefull place in the middle of busy city”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

This is actually very easy to find. We got here accidentally. Just go to metro line 3 and get off at Huangsha station. Get out from exit D and use the walking bridge to go under the highway, pass the bridge and you are there.

There were a lot of local people taking wedding photos etc. Just buildings and walking. And there is also another coffee than Star bucks. Lucy`s, very nice american style coffee/diner.

Visited December 2012
Thank MikkoMm
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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“Colonial grandeur”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

With lots of bronze statues, beautiful view of Pearl river, western restaurants, a Starbucks cafe, and a couple of 7 Elevens, youth hostel and a grand street with gorgeous trees. Very picturesque

Visited December 2012
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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“Something different to experience”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

Although access is not easy to find, it was great to see how the european building style was brought to a specific location in Canton

Visited December 2012
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Los Angeles
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“A nice place of calm and quiet”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

It's a nice place. Quiet. Peaceful. An oasis of calm separated from the constant hubbub of cars and buses honking at each other by just a little ditch no more than 5 feet wide. As such, there are very few cars on the island and probably no buses or trucks, making it quite different from the rest of Guangzhou. For some, this does not even really constitute an island, as it is surrounded by a man-made ditch rather than a real body of water. Still, it's nice to gaze at the European facades of the buildings, since there are very few elsewhere in Guangzhou. However, one big disappointment is the preservation; unlike in other places like Malaysia and Singapore, the preservation really isn't there, and the European-flavored buildings are starting to fall apart. The place is pretty old, and it really does have that old, worn down feel to it. Not much life. Just relics frozen in time. You can't really imagine all the hustle and bustle the place once was when it was a key center of China's trade with Europe. It's just so dead now. As opposed to, say, the rowhouses in Malaysia and Singapore or even the colonial French architecture of Vietnam, where you can still feel and taste the sights and smells of yesteryear.

A few of the sculptures are pretty impressive, though, along the main thoroughfare. Take a good look at those if you get a chance. Those are probably the most "European flavored" things on the island, as they greatly resemble statues you would find in European plazas.

Visited December 2012
Thank Ernest W
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Guangzhou, China
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“a piece of colonial china. worth a look if you are there but no real reason to travel”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

nice and quite, tree lined streets, good costa coffee. You can watch all the people practicing tai chi.

Downside is that it is full of mosquitos in the hot months.

Visited November 2012
Thank Joe K
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