Shamian Island is famous for its western-style buildings dating back to when this territory was divided into two concessions given to France and the UK by the Qing Dynasty government in the 19th century after the opium wars. The island is home to many extraordinary trees, many of them as old as 200 or 300 years. Many are adorned with a small sign attesting to their age. Many tropical varieties can be found, such as the famous banyan trees that have populated this region of China for flages. The French Catholic Church on the main street of the island is a wonderful example of the European influence. There is also a very pleasant park just off the main street.
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