Notes on the Geography of China: Guangzhou: Shamian: Photo 4
Macgowan continues: "The most conspicuous feature, from a foreign point of view, about Canton is the small island of Shameen, which has been granted to the English as a concession on which they can build houses and reside without any interference from the native population that lives in such close proximity. It is delightfully situated on the river, and is not only very picturesque in appearance but admirably placed so that the breezes that blow up the stream shall refresh the people who live on it in the dreary, sultry weather of the hot summer months. Having it entirely under their own control, the residents have made roads and planted trees, and made it look as much like a piece of England as they possibly could" (pp. 295-6).
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