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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Manchester Chinatown

Manchester's Chinatown, though nowhere of the scale and vibrancy of London's Chinatown is a pleasant place to stroll, shop and eat authentic Asian food including Thai, Japanese and Singaporean food.

Located south west of Piccadilly Gardens and not far from the Gay Village, Manchester's Chinatown stretches along the parallel George Street, Back George Street and Faulkner Street (where the arch below is located).

Manchester's Chinatown is the second largest in the country after the Chinatown in London's Soho. The area's roots go back to the 1950s when an influx of Chinese immigrants from Hong Kong settled in the area and there became a demand for Chinese restaurants and other businesses servicing the Chinese community.

Sunday mornings are a good time to visit when the Chinese medicine shops and supermarkets have their main trading days.

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