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Chinatown, San Jose

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Chinatown in San José, is an urban area located in the capital of Costa Rica. It is the first of its kind in a Central American city.The area began to develop as a commercial center during the last decades of the twentieth century, basically with the advent of supermarkets, shops and some restaurants whose owners are Chinese.The neighborhood was officially opened on Wednesday 5 December 2012. after nearly ten months of work. It is expected to become a new area of touristic interest in the city.DescriptionWorks began in February 2012, but the planning and design began in 2009 as a result of political negotiations between the governments of Costa Rica and the People’s Republic of China, to create a neighborhood in San Jose to represent Chinese culture.After a little discussion about the most appropriate location and that have the least impact on traffic flow, they chose the centric 9th street, popularly known as "Paseo de los Estudiantes" ("Students Walkway"). The area includes the square of the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de La Soledad (Church of Solitude) and a little music amphitheater.Chinatown is an area of about 550 meters long and 8200 meters² building, in an area of twelve city blocks between 2nd Avenue and 14th Avenue (north to south) and between 7th and 11th Street (in west to east direction). The central axis constitutes a boulevard or stamped concrete walkway in red and yellow colors (symbolizing good luck and prosperity respectively, for the Chinese culture), along 9th Street.Undoubtedly, his most notable architectural work is its arched entrance, similar to another ones located in other cities around the world. The work was performed by employees of a Chinese company, linked to the Beijing Bureau of Antiquities and is estimated to cost approximately $ 500,000. The bow is made of reinforced concrete, is 10 meters high and 15 wide, with enough internal space to fire a machine transit, to a possible emergency. Although inspired by the Tang Dynasty, is also integrated eight areas of concrete spheres symbolize existing Pre-Columbian art of Costa Rica, as a way to symbolize the union of cultures.
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  • A Boulevard of Asian bazaars. A development area. With Chinese goods and food distributors. Very simple and away from what would be a traditional Chinatown. Mixed with clothing stores, hardware stores and bags. Security to think and to have their care.
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  • The major attractions of this district existed from before the Township of San Jose decided to establish it as a "Chinatown" such as the Church of La Soledad and the playground that sits against it; in fact a large part of this area has been known for many years as "Students walk" in reference to a centuries-old institution of Costa Rican education students as it is the Liceo de Costa Rica. I understand that the original project was the installation of a larger number of trades of Eastern Court and even attracting residents of origin or provenance china on urban development projects that were to develop in the place which I think at least until today they have not flourished. You can take as a point of departure or end of an urban tour that loops through the different parks in the capital city (La Merced, Central, Spain and national) as well as the several boulevards that have been built in lamisma.
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  • A commercial place with some simple points of sale of food. It was nice to go there because the day I came to San José there was nothing around open and that's where I found a Chinese restaurant. There's a rumor in the city that this neighborhood was of traditional middle classes who have moved and the Government, to attract sympathy from new oriental immigrants who lived in the region, would have made this portal.
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