Chinatown

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lkn123
New Orleans, LA54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We visited from the U.S. and enjoyed walking around Binondo (Chinatown). There were many shops to pop into and some great restaurants/food stands scattered throughout as we wandered the streets.
We had an informal guide which was helpful (it was our driver from Carlines, Marlon, who was exceptional). My family who lives in Manila had a list of shops/restaurants/food stalls to visit and we selected a few as we walked around. It was a fun afternoon activity.

There is a formal tour (do a search on trip advisor/google). This is likely a great option.
Written July 1, 2023
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00RSN00
101 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
I liked the Seng Guan temple, The Lucky Chinatown mall and the museum were okay. But the streets are filthy and disgusting and unwalkable.
Written December 22, 2022
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lyd
San Andres, Philippines6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This weekend with so many shut down stores, only food shops still operating and many of them selling imported Chinese foodstuff. And a few Chinese Traditional Medicine outlets still open with shortened hours. Take out cooked food outlets still making good sales

The sidewalks on Ongpin St. are 60 cm lower than the street level and narrow too. There are electric meters protruding at chest level from the facade of stores. So watch out!.

Because of the dire economy, no longer vibrant.
Written August 28, 2022
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Sri Babbai Sri ... a
San Diego, CA23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
So much to see. Plenty of shops and many restaurants! Great deals on all kinds of stuff. The church is Amazing and worth checking out the ceiling. Engbees has good food and souvenirs I would go again..
Written July 28, 2022
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jenny p
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
It seems that people, mostly Westerners, are expecting all Chinatowns to be the same. Basically, thinking of Chinese culture and people to be homogenous.

For one, Binondo has a very long history. It is almost as old as the city itself. This is why it does not come off like China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. Binondo has a lot of indigenous, colonial Spanish and colonial American influences.

The culture of Binondo is that of a mixed one. That is why there is a Catholic Church in Binondo that has a tower with eight sides, and a Catholic shrine where people offer incense, and where Buddhist and Daoist temples have the cross, Virgin Mary and Santo Niño displayed.

If you do not expect Binondo to be like Chinatowns in the US (which are threatened by Disneyfication and gentrification) and explore the LOCAL Chinese culture, you will appreciate Binondo.

Also, expecting Binondo to be like all Chinatowns kn the world, or be like China, Taiwan or Hong Kong is nothing short of ORIENTALISM.
Written July 5, 2022
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lyd
San Andres, Philippines6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
locals are trying out food outlets after reading or viewing reviews. because of on going pandemic. less number of people and less business activity. Eng Ho bakery in T. Alonzo St, Binondo have delicious products at reasonable prices.

More mainland Chinese seen some even using old motorbikes with China registration plates in this area.

More decorative China styled lamp posts installed on part of the road space.

More banks occupy former retail store spaces. And more multistory condos built on demolished lots like movie theaters.
Written May 26, 2022
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lyd
San Andres, Philippines6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
small retail shops offering a myriad of merchandise are hard to find. now banks, eating and food shops, banks, malls, and residential condos are there.
2 passenger horse drawn "calesas" that charged $1 for 1 km in year 2000, not even one seen and now replaced by 4-6 passenger electric tricycles.
Those 1944 Willys Jeep that became 5 meter long passenger "jeepneys" seen rarely. I missed the smell of diesel smoke and the loud noises from exhaust mufflers.
Here you will find more authentic Chinese Mainlanders now. The locally home grown Filipino Chinese that are getting old and now retired. Many Filipino tourists are seen enjoying Chinese meals and deli and buying ornaments and popular elcecytonic and smartphone gadgets in Divisoria-a source of goods sold online.
Written February 23, 2021
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c devera
San Andres, Philippines127 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Binondo prime Chinatown can be covered on foot in 2 hours. If you include the San Nicolas and Divisoria areas, then you need at least 5 hours. With more and more Fujian and Cantonese migrants this is now the real CHINA town. Most are staying in new condos and in trading.. Some operate small order restos with authentic Chinese flavors. And buy your TCM.
Written August 23, 2020
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RaringtoGo8
Toronto, Canada213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Don't miss it. Great bargains in food and shopping. Better to go with a local friend or guide to steer you to favorite spots, so you don't msis out
Written May 25, 2020
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Sightseer11855517420
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Nice place to visit in ,old area wity lot of shops and restaurent around,one can feel the old city ambience there
Written April 12, 2020
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