A Chinatown is a cultural area of Chinese or Han people situated outside mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, or Taiwan. Chinatowns in urban settings are found in Asia, America, Australia, Europe, and Africa. There are numerous Chinatowns in the whole world, but there are ten which are more famous than others.
Chinatown in Binondo, Manila in the Philippines
Chinatown in Binondo is the oldest Chinatown in the world, founded in 1594 by the Spaniards. Binondo, Manila is the center of trade and commerce where all kinds of businesses are run by the Filipino-Chinese people, and is the Chinese commerce hub. The Chinatown’s location is near Intramuros and across the Pasig River, designed for the Catholic Chinese and the area makes it possible for the colonial leaders to watch carefully the migrant individuals.
San Francisco’s Chinatown in the U.S.
The Chinatown in San Francisco, California was built in 1848 on Grant Avenue and Stockton Street, and is the oldest Chinese enclave in North America, and the largest outside of Asia. It has two hospitals, parks, post office, and other buildings.
Melbourne’s Chinatown in Australia
Melbourne’s Chinatown started to exist in 1851 during the Victorian gold rush. It is located in the Central Business District of Melbourne, and it contains alleys, laneways, and arcades. It is known as the longest unbroken Chinese enclave in the West, and the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere.
Chinatown in Montville, Connecticut in the U.S.
Montville’s Chinatown is one of the modern Chinatowns in the world. It was established in 1990, and the Chinese people were drawn to t by the available work in the area.
Liverpool’s Chinatown in England
Liverpool’s Chinatown is home to the oldest Chinese society in Europe. The area is famous for its Chinese-style architecture, and it is filled with Chinese supermarkets, restaurants, and facilities.
Rotterdam’s Chinatown in The Netherlands
The original Chinatown was established in 1911 near the docks, and was relocated in 1980 in the Kruisplein area. It is the biggest Chinese enclave in the Netherlands, and it made urban development possible.
Buenos Aires Chinatown in Argentina
In 1980, Taiwanese started to arrive in the Barrio Chino and formed Buenos Aires’ Barrio Chino or Chinatown. It is a small area with high cultural impact. There are more than 100 Asian-owned businesses and around 15,000 visitors weekly.
Athens Chinatown in Greece
Athens Chinatown begun in the 1990’s, and it is a loose assortment of streets that has unmistakable Chinese manifestation. There are red lanterns on the Chinese shops, and Chinese characters and images are visible.
Chinatowns in Africa
Since the 1980s to the early 20th century, Chinese immigrants have come to Africa and Chinatowns were built in Madagascar, South Africa, and Mauritus, where the Chinese people go to work in the gold mines and the railway.
Vancouver’s Chinatown in Canada
Chinatown in Vancouver was established in 1889, and is the largest Chinatown all over Canada. It is a popular tourist destination and one of the noted biggest Chinese enclaves in North America.