Chinatown in Manila - Philippines
Among the Filipinos, Chinese influence is quite remarkable. Thats because China played a huge role on what the Philipines is today. As a proof of how important Chinese legacy is to the Filipino culture, theres Chintown!
The Chinatown seems like a different place altogether right at the very heart of Manila. The entrance to it is an arch the Filipino Chinese Friendship Arch that serves as the gateway to a world filled with everything Chinese.
Chinatown was established in the late 16th century. At that time, the Spaniards decided to give a piece of land to the Chinese community so they do not pose as disturbance to them. Today, the Chinatown is best known as a place for merchants and good food.
The Chinatown Manila is a good place for business. There, anything and everything sells. Walk along the street and for sure, you will find something interesting to buy and even sell. Yes, wholesalers are at bay. You could easily find great discounts for buying in bulk.
Some of the most popular items that can be found in Chinatown are electronic gadgets, clothing, jewelries, and yes, even food. You should not find shortage of things to buy when you are at Chinatown. Everyday is a good day to shop because lots of new items pour in from Chinese businessman.
Chinatown is quite a small area compared to the commercial districts that can be found in Makati. But if you put it in comparison in terms of revenues, Chinatown would not be too far behind.
A Foodies Haven
Another interesting thing to do at Chinatown is going on a food trip. This place is always teeming with authentic Chinese dishes and the flavors of the orient at a very reasonable price, that is. Some of the oldest restaurants in Manila are located in Chinatown. The most famous dish? Pancit! Noodle dishes are very popular in this side of Manila and beyond. It has been cooked in many different ways but the Chinese way is still considered as the best.
After you tire out yourself from shopping, it is nice to find a place to recharge with good food and a relaxing ambience. Chinatowns restaurants can offer that and more! Plus, you can also buy some pasalubong to bring home to a loved one. Anything from hopia to siopao to siomai to century eggs can be brought here, in authentic Chinese flavor, of course.
Chinatown is truly a gem of a place that should not be left out a Manila adventure.