13th Arrondissement, Paris

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The 13th arrondissement of central Paris is primarily a residential and business district in the south-eastern part of the French capital, lying on the Left Bank of the river Seine. It holds several attractions of interest to the traveller that include the recently-completed Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library), now part of a major new development of the Paris Rive Gauche district, the second large-scale urbanism project inside the city of Paris. To the west of the PRG along avenue de Tolbiac is the first of these urbanism projects, Les Olympiades, with its raised esplanade and the latest of the Paris Meteor (high-speed metro) stops, Les Olympiades. The southern part of the arrondissement is the "China town" of Paris, one of the biggest in Europe. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Paris holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the 13th Arrondissement and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Love this area of Paris - it's cheaper than the central areas for accommodation and food but it's really up and coming as more and more apartment blocks are updated and it becomes a more popular area....  more »
  • 2018 winter and especially around February 15, the Asian headquarters of the 13 th and even as other, prepare for the Chinese new year or the celebration of TET for the Vietnamese. It is the passage to the year of the dog of Earth in 2018, following that of the rooster, which unfortunately was not a good year! On this occasion, you have come to see the mouth of the neighborhood shops that have all the ingredients and decorations for partying and organize. "Avenue of Ivry"Tang brothers"is crowded, the shops of fruits and exotic as,"Big Store", avenue d'Ivry or" Exo Store "Choisy Avenue, are full of products with full stalls, the line and we leave with bags full of fruit exotic, traditional dry Khaki, Oranges, Chinese grapefruit, Soursop, Durian, Jack Fruit, Lychees, etc. Admire the stalls of the stores! We also buy Palm in first bloom of roses, which should, if all goes well, be flowered up from new year! This will bring good fortune for the whole year. Small shrubs of Kom Kat, already in fruit are also the decoration of circumstance. In the new year, Chinese folk groups go around the shops, with the traditional lion dancing, drums and banners, occur in front of stores, to chase away evil spirits and bring good fortune. Not to mention at the end of each aubade, firecrackers in Rosary which Crackle, to close this lovely show. Then he must also buy traditional Chinese dishes to make offerings to the ancestors, the altar that each family can fail to maintain throughout the year. We make offerings of fruit, lots of fruit; Red, yellow, green, profitable and favorite colors with dishes are presented before the altar and incense burning and making Buddhist prayers. The shops in the district all have their altar of prayers. Some are also buying pigs of lacquered milk for the joy of sharing with the family. For the Vietnamese, the celebration of TET is an opportunity the tradition to clean the House thoroughly, replace the linens and wear new clothes or own on this day of the year. Especially it is recommended to avoid meeting people in bad mind, because that could be a bad omen for the new year. All this may seem outdated today, but the goal was to maintain a certain necessary hygiene. The small Pagoda of the Association of the Teochew in France, on the slab of the Olympics, is a very common interest. It is a must see... really but with respect. Access is by the escalator of the No. 44 avenue d'Ivry, then then he must ask or see the reviews on Trip Advisor (the Temple of the friendly of Teochew)! The Town Hall of the 13th and the Tang brothers store Exult the avenues with banners, always the same for more than 20 years. The tradition has thick skin... This neighborhood called colloquially "China Town" by Parisians, is actually a melting Pot quite managed with communities well integrated into the local population of Parisians, working-class neighborhood is. I feel good and many people in the area speak without distinction of culture. It is delimited by the triangle of the avenues of Choisy and Ivry and Masséna boulevard that connects the two avenues, as well as a few adjacent streets the most convenient access is metro stations in boulevard Masséna, "Door de Choisy" (for the avenue of choice (y) or "Door of Ivry" (to avenue d'Ivry) line n ° 7
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  • During our visit to Paris, we stayed on the 13th Arrondissement near Bibliotheque Francois-Mitterand. Modern and stylish buildings, shops and cinemas, shopping and restaurants, all is there along the ...  more »

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