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Shamian Island, Guangzhou

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Must see · Island · Neighborhood
Wander the quiet streets and pedestrianized lanes of Shamian Island to glimpse one of the province's finest remaining clusters of European colonial architecture. Beginning in the 18th century, merchants and traders from France, Great Britain, United States, Germany, and elsewhere in the West built mansions and residences along the shore, leaving behind an indelible mark on the area's architectural heritage. Explore tree-lined avenues and you'll find an array of grand European-style buildings, as well as numerous lush gardens, fountains, and squares. Keep an eye out for the plaques that adorn many of the more notable buildings and offer insightful information about the structure's history and construction date. See Shamian Island and all Guangzhou has to offer by arranging your trip with our Guangzhou visit planner.
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  • Grand old buildings, friendship sculpture garden and plenty of good food and coffee options make for a wonderful afternoon in Shamian. A must do when in Shenzhen.  more »
  • Walking around Shamian Island is a must visit. . A beautifully landscaped area dotted with cafes, restaurants and lovely sculptures to pique your interest in a bygone era. The buskers entertaining...  more »
  • Peaceful during the week.
  • A nice place for a stroll and admire the colonial buildings. Lots of couple taking their wedding photos here. Beware of the lack of public toilets though. It's really a challenge to find them, especially during urgent nature call.

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