Chinatown, Melbourne

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Chinatown is an ethnic enclave in the Central Business District of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Centred at the eastern end of Little Bourke Street, it extends between the corners of Swanston and Spring Streets, and consists of laneways, alleys and arcades. It is notable for being the longest continuous Chinese settlement in the Western World and the oldest Chinatown in the Southern Hemisphere.Since the arrival of Chinese immigrants during the Victorian gold rush of the early 1850s, Melbourne's Chinatown has played an important role in establishing the culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants in Australia, and is still home to many Chinese restaurants, cultural venues, businesses and places of worship. Today, Melbourne's Chinatown is a major tourist attraction, known for its architectural heritage, annual festivals and cuisines of Chinese, Thai, Japanese, Indian, Malaysian, Vietnamese and Korean origins.Beyond Chinatown, Melbourne's Chinese community is well-represented in other areas of the city, such as Box Hill and Glen Waverley.
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  • Worth a visit. Lots of places to eat with lot of different options for all budgets with lots of options for food  more »
  • China town is OK, however its not a must do location. It needs a bit more life in it. Yeah its a bunch of cheap little restaurants where you can eat some real different and yum food, however its just ...  more »
  • I loved china town in London, but Melbourne's china town is just a dump. No pride in their premises. Rubbish pilled up. Poor restaurants. Frequented by chinese coach tours. Noot good.  more »
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  • Beautiful and clean, with many Asian eating places and shops. Must go! Great place to take photos too.
  • Awesome place for people interested in Westernised Chinese food and I mean that in a good way. The food at restaurants here is delicious. A true enclave in the centre of Melbourne.
  • Love learning about the interesting history here, and the sculptures and architecture are great. Lots of good places to eat!
  • Had food over there, was very nice and cheap. Good stuff.
  • You can have different countries food . It's amazing Street.

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