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Gulangyu Island (鼓浪嶼), Xiamen - a perfectly preserved piece of European history in China

When it comes to poster-boys for colonial architecture in Mainland China, two places come to mind. The first is, naturally, Shanghai and the iconic Shanghai Bund (which features next month).   721 more words

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The Victoria Hotel, Canton - aka the Guangdong Victory Hotel (广东胜利宾馆)

In Canton, I stayed at the Guangdong Victory Hotel, which, at first glance, doesn’t look in the least like it has any history at all – so thoroughly have the Chinese plastered over what used to stand here with the veneer of so-called modernity. 609 more words

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Shameen Island – the British and French Concessions in Canton

After the Thirteen Factories were razed to the ground in 1856, and Canton occupied by British forces in the aftermath of the Second Opium War, another site had to be identified for the reconstruction of the new foreign settlement. 568 more words

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The Grand Tour II-3: Vast Prefecture... Canton (廣州)

Of all the port cities on the Grand Tour, Canton – situated at a strategic location on the Pearl River – is by far the greatest and the most ancient, having been mentioned as a major port since the Tang Dynasty (7th century AD).  847 more words

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