A good friend who is following my desperate attempts at blogging, has been a bit critical demanding more photo’s. For the sake of an argument we will call her Susan Ma Luvv’s. So, to remedy this, I made a point of being proper touristy, taking lots of photo’s on my recent visit to Shamian island.
Previously known as Zhongliusha or Shicuizhou, Shamian Island is an elliptic sandbar in the Liwan District of Guangzhou. The island’s name literally means “sandy surface”. Surrounded by water, it is just like a giant ship mooring alongside the wharf.
In 1859, the territory was divided into two concessions, given to France and UK (of which 4/5 went to the British and 1/5 to the French). It was then embanked and provided with streets, drainage, and imposing buildings and became home to a prosperous foreign enclave. Each building has a label telling its former purpose.
It’s a very beautiful place, busy with visitors, but so peaceful to stroll through, especially next to the water. On One street there was about 12 plaques/illustrations of the history of the island from is strategic use for defending the city, The Opium Wars, battles with the British and at one point the slaughter of many by us, the British. If you think about things that go on today and what we (GB) were responsible for from the 1860’s to early 1900’s, under our ‘Empire’, makes you think.
I entertain myself with taking photo’s of the bronzed statue’s and naming each of them after work colleagues:
Two old boys playing the fiddle – Gordon and Stevo
Mother and 4 kids – Jamie Henderson
Photographers – Creative Design boys
Two wifey’s – Kat and Suz in a less Dragon guise
There’s and interesting French Restaurant called the Orient Express, where you eat in olde style train carriages and they have a massive copper engine in the garden. The trees are interesting as is the leccy lines.
Amongst the local eateries there’s a Starbucks and a subways, their all over the shop. I plum for the beef hot pot, which I had to wait for as the gaff closes 3pm-5pm. Time to wander a bit more and find an interesting collectors shop, heaven to me.