Chinatowns of the world
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To continue the Chinese stories, we’d like to take a look at the most famous Chinatowns on the planet. The Chinese are not only the most populous nation in the world, but they also form huge immigrant communities in many foreign countries. Most Chinese expats live in and form Chinatowns.
A little bit of history…
A Chinatown is a district of any non-Chinese town in which the population is predominantly of Chinese origin. Chinese emigration began to be noticeable back in the 1860s with the signing of the Treaty of Peking, which opened the border for free movement, but several Chinesetowns that still exist today are much older than that.
An early enclave of Chinese people emerged in the 1830s in Liverpool, England when the first direct trading vessel from China arrived in Liverpool’s docks to trade in goods including silk and cotton wool.
In recent years, newer Chinatowns have started to take on a role as historical and touristic centers. Many of the newer Chinatowns like the ones in Albany, New York have been created as an attraction intended to give the feeling of the “old Chinatown” in an upscale setting.
The biggest Chinatowns on 5 continents
San Francisco, USA
- established in the 1940s
- the oldest and largest Chinatown in US
- the city’s top tourist attraction, drawing more people each year than the Golden Gate Bridge
- the largest Chinatown outside Asia
- after its destruction by the 1906 earthquake and fire, American architects were hired to redesign the structures to look more “Chinese” than the old version
Manila, the Philippines
- its official name is Binondo
- established in 1594
- the oldest and largest Chinatown in the world
- the most popular celebrations are the Lantern Festival, concluding Chinese New Year festivities, the Hungry Ghost Festival, and the Mid-Autumn Festival
- established in the 1850s
- besides the New Year Celebration, the district also has another major event: an Asian food festival, celebrated during the fall season
- the Chinatown archway was hand made in China according to traditional techniques and materials. It was shipped to Melbourne in many pieces and assembled under the supervision of highly skilled Chinese craftsmen
- established in the 1850s
- South America’s oldest Chinatown
- the trademark Arco Chino was a gift from China
- chifa is a term used in Peru to refer to Chinese Peruvian cuisine
- established in the 1700s
- in the 1880s London’s first Chinatown was firmly rooted in the East End, (not the West End as today) as growing numbers of Chinese sailors and traders settle and opened businesses in the Limehouse area and Chinese shops and cafes began to spring up
- the present Chinatown did not start to be established until the 1970s