Metro Manila · Chinatown (Manila)

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Manila's Chinatown Binondo is situated in Manila City, in one of the oldest parts of the Megacity. Historically, there has been a strong Chinese influence on the Philippines, starting with trade relations centuries ago. Manila's Chinatown is in fact considered the oldest in the world.

The area is shaped by small streets of vendors offering traditional Chinese food, ointments or jewelry. The famous Divisoria market, which is paradise to bargain hunters, is a stone's throw away from here. Several beautiful churches and other historical sights as well as traditional Chinese restaurants make your stay here worthwhile, even though Binondo probably has a less pronounced Chinese atmosphere than other chinatowns in the world.

The best way to experience this crowded and busy place is on your own legs. Some of the streets are narrow and a lot of people have the same idea as you. If you mind your belongings and are up for some real Chinese culture and food, this HotSpot is waiting for you. It has so much to offer, but as always with chinatowns: they cannot really be described, they have to be experienced!

If you want to learn more about the history of the Chinese in the Philippines, you should pay a visit to the museum Bahay Tsinoy. It is located in Intramuros, just south of Chinatown. The Chinese Cemetery north of Chinatown is a must-see as well.

A Typical Day in the Chinatown HotSpot:

There is not typical day in the Chinatown HotSpot. The best way to go about it is to start with an early lunch at one of the great Chinese restaurants and then just walk through the streets, buy some traditional Chinese souvenirs and experience cultural heritage. For the real Chinatown feel, you should visit Binondo during Chinese New Year, when Manilenos flock to the area by the thousands to experience dragon parades and fireworks and to eat the traditional moon cake.

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The Divisoria Market and the 168 Shopping Mall are located in the center of Manila City’s Chinatown. Shopping here is hard work and means bargaining, bargaining, bargaining - definitely not the kind of shopping for the faint-hearted. 

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Lucky Chinatown Mall is not only a mall but also a regular venue for Chinese festivities, such as the Mid-Autumn Festival, the Chinese Movie Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Filipino-Chinese Friendship Day, and - most importantly - Chinese New Year. As the name indicates you find this upscale mall in the middle of Manila's Chinatown, Binondo.

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Manila's Chinese Community has its own cemetery. Visitors of this extraordinary place do not only find splendid mausoleums, temples and monuments, but also learn a lot about the history and culture of the 'Chinoys'.

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The wear and tear of Manila’s Chinatown can be seen through its almost desolate streets but just across it is Lucky Chinatown –a new mall in the area that gives tourists and oriental food fans a ray of hope that all is not lost in the busy Chinese district of the metro.

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Kirin Szechuan Dining at Lucky Chinatown is a fine dining place that serves authentic Sze Chuan cuisine. Located at the ground floor of the newly built mall in Chinatown, this restaurant is the place to be if you like it hot –on your tastebuds that is.

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Chinese culture has influenced Philippine life long before Spanish colonial rule. The Bahay Tsinoy, Tagalog for "House of the Chinese Filipinos", is dedicated to showcase the crucial role they play in the country's history and present.

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The city of Manila - which is located in the Megacity with the same name - has previously been the business district of the Metro region and as such has a lot to offer for Megacitizens - until today. It . Today, our Megacities team visited the Hotspot Chinatown and the Hotdot Malate and presents to you a unique view into the 'old town' - a stark contrast to the glamorous parts of the Megacity such as Makati or The Fort.

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The Lucky Chinatown Mall (link) celebrates the first 'Dragon Boat Festival'. The event started on 'Manila Day' and will go on for six days.