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Chinatown, Liverpool
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Chinatown is an area of Liverpool that is an ethnic enclave home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe. Located in the south of the city centre, Chinatown has many Chinese businesses, such as Chinese restaurants and supermarkets, and facilities for the Chinese community. The area is also notable for its Chinese-style architecture; with the paifang on Nelson Street being the largest, multiple-span arch of its kind outside of China.HistoryEstablishmentThe first presence of Chinese people in Liverpool dates back to 1834 when the first vessel direct from China arrived in Liverpool's docks to trade such goods as silk and cotton wool. Many Chinese immigrants first arrived in Liverpool in the late 1860s as a result of Alfred Holt and Company employing large numbers of Chinese seamen while establishing the Blue Funnel Shipping Line. The commercial shipping line created strong trade links between the cities of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Liverpool; mainly importing silk, cotton and tea. From the 1890s onwards, small numbers of Chinese began to set up businesses catering to the Chinese sailors working on Holt's lines and others. Some of these men married working class British women, resulting in a number of British-born Eurasian Chinese being born in Liverpool.
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  • The arch is wonderful but in the day it looks all run down and largely closed. It needs and thinks its going to get a facelift. At night when the restaurants are open it might be very different - I do...  more »
  • Went for a walk after eating in a Chinese restaurant nearby. It is good to be reminded that Liverpool has the oldest Chinese community in the UK. Although very cold we enjoyed the walk. 
  • Chinatown in Liverpool has nothing interesting except a few restaurants and pubs to the see. The goal is nice, but it was then too.
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