shameen- shamian Tours – Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China
About this place
Until the Japanese seized it in 1941, Shameen, now called Shamian, had been the home for the foreign residents of Canton since 1863. Before that time it was no more than a patch of sand used as a garbage dump. It is said that the remaining foreigners in 1941 were piled onto boats at what is now the luxurious White Swan Hotel and dispatched by the Japanese to concentration camps in northeast China.
In the previous era, addresses were either B.C., or F.C., for British or French concessions, the primary divisions of the island, for it was Britain and France who were chiefly responsible for its development.. There was room for banks, offices with residences, country clubs, schools and churches on the island, many of whose residents would leave it only for quick shopping excursions in the nearby city. Tess Johnston writes in her book “The Last Colonies”:
take the metro of line 1 then get off at huangsha station
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