Chinatown, The Hague

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The Hague's Chinatown is located in the city centre, on the Wagenstraat. The entrances of the neighbourhood are marked with two Chinese gates, described as "three meters high with sculptured dragons winding around the pillars and overhead ornate panels of red, gold and blue." Chinatown borders the Spui in the north east, the Bierkade in the south east, the Pavilioensgracht in the south west, and the Gedempte Burgwal in the north west. Important streets in the area include the Wagenstraat (車仔街) and the Sint Jacobsstraat (聖雅各街).The area was originally a Jewish quarter. After the Second World War, the neighbourhood grew vacant and impoverished. After a revamp by the municipality in the 1970s, the area became increasingly inhabited by Chinese people. Today, the city government of The Hague actively promotes diversity when compared to another Dutch city of Amsterdam and has claimed that "ethnic tourism" has risen in the city. Another source claims that The Hague's Chinatown is "... an attempt to draw together the Dutch and Chinese identities at work in the area.
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  • Our apartment was at the end of this area and then we passed every day. Beyond the two "doors" that surround the area and the red lanterns hanging over the road nothing that Chinese restaurants and shops ... but nothing particularly relevant.
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  • The visit to Chinatown was not particularly spectacular. Of course Asian restaurants and spa packages are available, but Chinatown, I would have personally expected more Chinese or Asian supermarkets or similar. A visit doesn't hurt, but you missed anything, if one has not been.
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  • We walked by this neighborhood times our tour, fine to there by walking and once inside to look in a shop. It is also not very special
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True to its role as the residence of the Dutch king, The Hague offers accommodations fit for royalty. The five-star hotels in the historical town center provide spacious rooms loaded with modern amenities, as well as easy foot access to most of the city's cultural sights. The Hague's elegant seaside resort of Scheveningen offers even more lodging options for travelers wishing to indulge themselves during their trip. If you're visiting on a limited budget, explore the city's economical guesthouses and youth hostels.
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