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China Town

Chinatown
Chinatown
#About the Chinese Neighborhood of Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Chinatown is a tourist destination that brings to the stage the Chinese and Asian cultures into American cities. Like in many large cities in the United States where there are many Chinese immigrants, in Los Angeles as well you can find the local Chinatown.

This area you will be able to recognize in an instant, thanks to the different facade of the houses - from skyscrapers and modern buildings, the view will suddenly change to more traditional Chinese style houses. Chinese writings, Chinese products, shoes, and clothes - this is actually a large and colorful market where you will be wrapped in smells, sounds, and the local Chinese community.

If you like the local traditions, you will be able to sit and drink a cup of real Chinese tea in traditional tea sets, buy healing herbs and traditional medicine, clothes, furniture, art pieces, as well as eat at the many Chinese restaurants, and Thai and Vietnamese restaurants.



A Closer Look at the Neighborhood:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwY8z6hLxsk
Chinatown Bangkok
China Town Yaowarat
#About Bangkok's Vibrant Chinese District

Already at the entrance to China Town, the Chinese District of Bangkok, from the direction of the train station Hua Lamphong, you will see the Chinese gates beautifully decorated at the entrance. This is one of the more special "China Towns" around the world.

On the main street Yaowarat you can see barbershops, and stores for gold and jewelry, reminders of Chinese temples, various Chinese pharmacies and traditional drug stores. There are also shops for spices, sweets and exotic delicacies, not necessarily appetizing for Westerners, such as bird nests and dried shark fins.

To China Town in Bangkok you don't necessarily need to come for the shopping, but also to enjoy the look and feel. Not any less exciting than the beauty of the district, but the great people watching that can be done here. Most of the residents of the districts are descendants of Chinese immigrants who came to Bangkok during the rule of King Rama I.

Many visitors come here for the lively and vibrant shopping centers in the district. In a few colorful streets, crowded and full of people, there are hundreds of stalls selling anything that can be imagined. Clothes, textiles, souvenirs, ancient items and clocks, and flowers, endless food products and knock-offs at low prices - this is one of the main shopping areas in town.

For its cheap prices, compared to other areas in the city, and thanks to the picturesque district, there is no better place to enjoy shopping than here.

At the center and at the main area of the district is an incredible food area filled with people, a variety of restaurants and stalls here offer sweets and desserts. From baked banana over coals and traditional Chinese food, Thai food, as well as exotic Chinese flavors.



#Tips

Chinese New Year's is celebrated here in February. For the parades and ceremonies, parts of the streets are closed off to transportation and the mood here is excellent.

At the Vegetarian Festival held here each October, stalls offer a variety of vegetarian traditional Chinese and Thai dishes. Many of those who keep Kosher tend to eat here during this festival, because usually many of the dishes contain meats.

Many of the celebrations are concentrated in the area near the Wat Mangkon Kamalawat Temple.

China Town is between Yaowarat and Ratchaongsi streets in Bangkok.

In the district is the Sampeng Lane Market that crosses the street and where walking around is recommended.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/TLgsY5mOMGo
Chinatown Vancouver
Chinatown
#About Vancouver's Chinatown

Chinatown, located east of Gastown, is a colorful district with bustling streets with markets, Chinese restaurants and souvenir shops, gifts, Chinese art and Chinese food.

The atmosphere in Vancouver's Chinatown is very pleasant. Already from the Millennium Gate, the impressive entrance gate to the Quarter, you feel the special character of Chinatown, the connection and complementarity between East and West and the past and the future.

Inside you are immediately impressed by how clean and quiet the city's Chinatown is. This is interesting, especially since Vancouver's Chinatown is considered the second largest Chinatown in North America, after that of San Francisco.

Many of the interesting buildings in the district are on Pender Street. All street signs are written in Chinese and the houses are also built in typical Asian style. A visit to the place is a special cultural experience, while also on the side of the food, the immediate gastronomic change here is immediately felt.


#What is Here?

Chinatown is considered the most popular among tourists arriving in Vancouver for a trip. It is in an area between the streets of Main, Fender and Carrall.

Among the interesting sites in Vancouver's Chinatown are:

The Millennium Gate - the large entrance gate and impressive to the quarter, which represents the connection between the past and the future and from the west to the east.

Pender Street - the main street of the Quarter, passing through its center. Here is the Chinese Cultural Center, or the CCC.

Dr. Sun Yat-sen Garden's beautiful Chinese garden, with pools, pagodas and rocks, designed by dozens of Chinese artists.

The narrowest office building in the world - at 8 West Pender Street.

Chinese Cultural Museum - located on Columbia Street in the Chinese Quarter.

Richmond neighborhood - a neighborhood with 60% of its population of Chinese origin. The atmosphere is more modern than Chinatown and less traditional. Large shopping centers contribute to the Asian atmosphere.



#History of Chinatown

Vancouver is considered the "most Asian city" in North America. Already in the 19th century, immigrants arrived in Vancouver, building up the quarter and the the ancient theater in Shanghai Lane. They began to live in the city and gradually found themselves clustered together in one neighborhood, their own Chinatown, a Chinese neighborhood with a relatively traditional atmosphere within downtown Vancouver.

This is how a neighborhood like a miniature China began to emerge, a bustling, and vibrant China with booths and specialty food shops, but with excellent city-sponsored maintenance and no filth and mess that characterize similar neighborhoods around the world.

At the beginning of the 21st century, with the transfer of control over Hong Kong to China, many Chinese emigrated to Vancouver. The wave of immigration from Hong Kong to Vancouver were so great that it was nicknamed "Hong-couver."

Today, the Chinese minority in Vancouver is the largest ethnic group in the city. To Vancouver's Chinatown flock Chinese and Canadians from all over the country. You can stroll here among gleaming neon signs, Chinese restaurants and tea houses and Chinese herbal medicine stores.


#Tips

There is nothing to plan in Chinatown after 6:00 pm. The main activity here is from morning to noon.

On the weekends of the summer months there is a traditional Chinese night market here from Fridays to Sundays from 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm.

A tour in the quarter should be done through the Red Silk Road - a pedestrian path marked red - takes visitors to the city via the important stations in the neighborhood, such as the Chinese Cultural Museum and Museum on Columbia Street and the Chinese Classical Garden by Dr. Sun Yat-sen.


A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/ra8-fwnlT7E
Wat Traimit
Wat Traimit
#About the Temple that Hid the Golden Buddha

Wat Traimit is not considered a big and fancy temple in Bangkok. What attracts visitors here is mostly the impressive statue, made out of pure gold, of Buddha. The temple, nicknamed the "Golden Buddha Temple," has the statue which is 3 meters tall and weighs 5.5 tons.

The beautiful statue is sitting in the lotus position, relaxed, and many come here to see it. The location of the temple, on Yaowarat street on the edge of China Town, has become one of the tourist sites in this area, loved by many.

The estimated age of the golden Buddha is about 800 years. For hundreds of years this Buddha was hidden in a layer of plaster, making it very large, but less attractive for thieves. It seems the plaster was added around the 18th century, around the War with Burma. After the war the plaster was never removed, and it may be hard to believe, but the Buddha was forgotten.

Only 200 years later, when the statue was removed in 1955 to its current temple, Wat Traimit, it fell from a crane, and cracked. To the eyes of all the beholders an amazing treasure appeared. The treasure was discovered.

Besides the large and impressive Buddha, it's nice to walk around the relaxing garden around the temple.



#Tips

Dress - make sure to come here dressed modestly.

Try getting here earlier in the morning to avoid the big tourist crowds. Later on you can continue to walk around China Town.

Opening hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Seeing the Buddha is free, and entering the museum costs 40 Baht.



A Closer Look:

https://youtu.be/q6oD_YhEGxQ


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