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Old September 17th, 2008, 04:06 PM   #21
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Old September 17th, 2008, 09:32 PM   #22
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That's interesting, less of a Chinese influence there by the looks of it. It seems to be more of a 'Japan Town'.
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Old September 17th, 2008, 10:25 PM   #23
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That neighborhood in Sao Paulo is not especifically a Chinatown, which is what this thread is about; the largest chinatown in Latin America is in Lima, Peru; I don't have any pictures, so don't ask me for them.
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Old September 17th, 2008, 10:38 PM   #24
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Yes, is more "Japan Town", but there are also many Chinese and Korean.
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Old September 17th, 2008, 11:11 PM   #25
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There are two types of Chinatowns. One that has been established by Chinese immigrants where people have lived and worked there for generations. Then there's the Chinatowns designed primarily for commercial and tourist interests. I would assume the majority of Chinatowns around the world come from the first. They are historically a ghetto. I live in the SF Bay Area and you can tell who the ignorant people are based by on their criticism that SF Chinatown is dirty and ugly and they woukld never go there. Well that's what is was designed to do in the first place. But then that's where the most authentic, best food and culture is found. Ironically I always find the biggest, cleanest, and inexpensive produce in SF Chinatown than the big name supermarkets. I have only heard of one Chinatown that's being built in one of the cities in Germany purely for attracting Chinese investment. More higher income people living there. Probably not as authentic.
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Old September 17th, 2008, 11:33 PM   #26
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Here is the other big Chinatown in NYC, Flushing Queens...

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Old September 18th, 2008, 12:59 AM   #27
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Other than the ones in Lower Manhattan and Queens, where's the third one?
sunset park, brooklyn
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Old September 18th, 2008, 03:42 AM   #28
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The most authentic chinatowns I've seen are the ones in Bangkok and Yokhama. I've also seen the chinatowns in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Incheon, Busan (not an official one but I think it should be included),Sydney, Brisbane, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Amsterdam, Den Haag and Toronto. I personally thought Singapore's chinatown is nice but it's become a bit too commercialised for my liking and London's is good but a little small for a city of its size. Notable ones that I have not yet seen are the New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and Paris chinatowns.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 03:46 AM   #29
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SF, Bangkok and Singapore are bests.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 05:58 AM   #30
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Cinatown in Kuala Lumpur a.k.a. Petaling Street

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Old September 18th, 2008, 06:15 AM   #31
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The one in So Paulo is actually an "Asiatown". It is by far easier to find Japanese goods, restaurants or immigrants than Chinese. Actually it has few striclty Chinese restaurants, but it has an enormous population. I have good memories of the rather small Chinatown in Boston (great food). But that was over 20 yeasr ago and have no idea how thigs are.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 06:35 AM   #32
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Old September 18th, 2008, 06:45 AM   #33
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for me the best chinatown is in Pekin
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Old September 18th, 2008, 06:50 AM   #34
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My top 10 China towns:

1) San Fransisco
2) New York
3) Singapore
4) Vancouver
5) Sydney
6) Toronto
7) Montreal
8) Manchester, UK
9) Havana
10) Budapest
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Old September 18th, 2008, 06:57 AM   #35
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Old September 18th, 2008, 07:01 AM   #36
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No pictures, but Toronto and Vancouver probably have the 'best' Chinatowns outside of Asia in the entire world. With 500,000 Chinese, Toronto has I believe the largest Chinese population in North America, with Chinese people representing just under 10% of the population.

There are two 'Chinatowns' in Toronto, the old kind like the pictures we have here. This is where the old immigrants settled and are within the city. Meanwhile most new immigrants live in the suburbs.

Then there are large parts of Toronto, where the vast majority of the population is Chinese (almost all first generation immigrants from Hong Kong and China, and many well educated and middle-class) and most stores you see will be Chinese. This covers a large part of the North-East of the city (Scarborough, Markham and Richmond Hill) comprising an area of about 8km x 8km. Although built into a very typical North American suburban plan (suburban single detached housing, wide streets, strip malls, indoor malls), there are massive amounts of Chinese stores everywhere.


Vancouver is similar, but having a slightly smaller Chinese population (400,000 I believe, comprising roughly 15% of the population) where there is the old 'touristy' Chinatown which is generally considered a lot more dangerous, and the brand new and wealthy suburb of Richmond which seems like it's all Chinese with malls that look like they were transplanted out of Hong Kong mixed in with the typical North American suburban plan.


I guess it depends what you mean by 'best'. If you mean most touristy, then you'd have to go with places like London, Yokohama, San Francisco and NYC. If you mean a part of town where educated and middle-class Chinese from China/HK would be able to find food, shopping and other amenities up to their standards and be able to easily integrate then Toronto and Vancouver are the places to be.

I hear there's a similar area in Orange County by Los Angeles as well.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 07:13 AM   #37
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Liberdade is predominantly Japanese not Chinese.
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No pictures, but Toronto and Vancouver probably have the 'best' Chinatowns outside of Asia in the entire world. With 500,000 Chinese, Toronto has I believe the largest Chinese population in North America, with Chinese people representing just under 10% of the population.

There are two 'Chinatowns' in Toronto, the old kind like the pictures we have here. This is where the old immigrants settled and are within the city. Meanwhile most new immigrants live in the suburbs.

Then there are large parts of Toronto, where the vast majority of the population is Chinese (almost all first generation immigrants from Hong Kong and China, and many well educated and middle-class) and most stores you see will be Chinese. This covers a large part of the North-East of the city (Scarborough, Markham and Richmond Hill) comprising an area of about 8km x 8km. Although built into a very typical North American suburban plan (suburban single detached housing, wide streets, strip malls, indoor malls), there are massive amounts of Chinese stores everywhere.


Vancouver is similar, but having a slightly smaller Chinese population (400,000 I believe, comprising roughly 15% of the population) where there is the old 'touristy' Chinatown which is generally considered a lot more dangerous, and the brand new and wealthy suburb of Richmond which seems like it's all Chinese with malls that look like they were transplanted out of Hong Kong mixed in with the typical North American suburban plan.


I guess it depends what you mean by 'best'. If you mean most touristy, then you'd have to go with places like London, Yokohama, San Francisco and NYC. If you mean a part of town where educated and middle-class Chinese from China/HK would be able to find food, shopping and other amenities up to their standards and be able to easily integrate then Toronto and Vancouver are the places to be.

I hear there's a similar area in Orange County by Los Angeles as well.
I'm always very conscious, every time I visit Richmond, that I'm among a minority of caucasians. I feel like a foreigner within my own city. Richmond has become a Chinacity in a way. The old Chinatown in Vancouver is nothing more than a few blocks in size, but definitely fits the stereotypical image of what a Chinatown is.
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5 best China Town on earth

1. Singapore
2. San Fransisco
3. Sydney
4. Ipoh, Perak (Malaysia)
5. Medan, Indonesia.
Ehm, I'm quite interesting about Medan. Can you post some pics of Chinatown in Medan? There is another thread in Indonesian forum about which Indonesian city has the best Chinatown, and most Indo forumers choose Semarang, capital of Central Java. Here is the link to that thread:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=707176
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Ehm, I'm quite interesting about Medan. Can you post some pics of Chinatown in Medan? There is another thread in Indonesian forum about which Indonesian city has the best Chinatown, and most Indo forumers choose Semarang, capital of Central Java. Here is the link to that thread:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=707176
Medan more Chinese than Semarang, the culture and languages still original.
many Chinese community live in the city, like Hokkian (Fujian ren), Hakka (Kejia ren), Cantonese (Guangdong ren), Teow Chiu (Chaozhou ren), Hainanese (Hainan ren), Hei lok hong (Hai lu Feng), Hing hua (Xinghua) and Hupeh (Hubei ren).
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