As part of a huge city makeover ahead of the 2010 Asian Games, Guangzhou created a 1,060 kilometre (650-mile) system of walking trails and parks referred to as Greenways. These walkways connect the many tributaries of the Pearl River Delta with the city’s green spaces and hills. A walk along the riverside here is a great way to view the city’s various architectural styles, ranging from the twisted, sky-reaching Canton Tower to the parks of Ersha Island and the beautifully restored colonial buildings of Shamian Island. A treasure trove of 19th- and early 20th-century architecture, the streets of Shamian Island housed the former British and French concessions. A walk around this compact, peaceful district takes you past grand Neoclassical and Gothic mansions, banks, hotels and the exquisite Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel.