Shamian Island is a sandbank island in the Liwan District of Guangzhou, Guangdong province, China. The island's name literally means "sandy surface" in Chinese. The territory was divided into two concessions given to France and the United Kingdom by the Qing government in the 19th Century (1859 to 1943). The colonial style buildings are supposedly the best preserved examples of Western architecture in China, ranging from classical to baroque to gothic. These buildings provide a fine backdrop to the enormous Chinese wedding industry, valued at around 30 billion USD a year. If you stroll around the small island on a balmy day, beneath the trees, beside the flower beds and in the small parks you will encounter wedding couples being photographed. But as many tourist guides to China write, beware of fakes.