Author 'Lustgarten' (Id 204263 ) : The Island of Shamian, where is located the former concession franco-british, is an island of 24, 000m2 located in the centre-west of Canton in China. It is located on the Pearl river and has housed the concessions the French and british of Canton.
The French settled in the east and the British in the west. The streets of the island are filled quickly rich victorian mansions and the second Empire. Access to the island remained for a long time forbidden to the chinese.
Today it is a quiet and ventilated where there are diplomatic representations, jurisdictions, and meeting places for expatriates. Very beautiful buildings still exist, as the French catholic church of Our Lady of Lourdes. Shamian is the preferred location for a stay in Guangzhou, in order to escape a time to the atmosphere of chaos to the extreme and in this world of concrete to infinite interpretations. The area is a haven of peace, with its large banyan trees and its beautiful colonial houses... This is the pl