Notes on the Geography of China: Guangzhou: Shamian: Photo 3
Here's the British Bridge, built in 1861. Four decades later, the Reverend John Macgowan came by. He wrote of Shamian, "A narrow creek separates it fom the mainland, but not sufficiently to preserve it from all the offensive odours which seem to form part of Chinese national life. Small boats crowd this creek, for they have greater protection here from wind and tide.... Beyond Shameen there is very little worth seeing in connection with the foreign residents at this port... no magnificent buildings or beautifully laid-out roads and drives" (Pictures of Southern China 1897, pp. 296 and 300).
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