Travel: Old world European charms in Chinese islands

(From The Strait Times)

Shamian Island is unremarkable.


At least, by the standards of a Mainland Chinese Tourist Attraction. A sandbank island within Guangzhou city, it measures a mere 900m from east to west. It has no marquee-name landmarks. The Mandarin version of Lonely Planet hardly bothers to mention it.

But it is one of the few preserved “colonial islands” in mainland China. A piece of old-world Europe adrift in the middle of an Asian metropolis.

Crossing the foot bridge that links Shamian Island to Guangzhou is like going from a frenetic traffic intersection to a hushed cathedral. Read More

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