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Shamian Island

Shamian Island, covering an area of 24,000 sq meters at the side of the Pearl River, is a reminder of Guangzhou colonial history. From the 18th to the mid 19th century, it is the only place where foreign traders were permitted to live in Guangzhou.

Shamian Island is not a true island, the name Shamian means sandbank. It is now connected to the rest of the city by a series of bridges. The large villas and shady tree lined avenues have a faded charm and create a contrasting atmosphere to much of the city. The French Catholic church has been restored and stands on the main boulevard. The boulevard itself is a gentle stretch of gardens, trees and birdsong.

Along the river, the park area is a great place for people watching and tea drinking. Or walk along the wide sidewalks and dine in the open-air under the old trees.

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