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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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  • So very sad to say our visit to China town was so very disappointing. It was a Monday afternoon. But very few restaurants, no people,no atmosphere, rather dirty. It looks somewhat deserted. Not somewh...  more »
  • It is a China Town historic, but small, without much to offer such as Chinatown (a few restaurants and shops), but it is an area close to the Centre with another charm, between Eastern, Bohemian, quieter than Mathew St, which is a kind of Benidorm. There are several interesting pubs, which merged cultures or which offer the Irish authenticity of Pogue Mahone. I wish I had discovered it earlier.
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  • When my friend told me that Liverpool has the largest community china of Europe I was quite amazed, but his "Chinatown" leaves no room for doubt. A piece of China in the middle of the UK.
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