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What is a Chinatown?
This page list the Chinatowns covered in Chinatownology. The current list has 34 Chinatowns in 18 countries spread over Asia, Europe and USA. For those who want to know what is a Chinatown, this article gives an introduction.

This is a work in progress (WIP) list of Chinatowns and more Chinatowns will be added as we develop. Please join our mailing list if you like to get updated on our latest news, stories and events.

washington dc chinatown archway paifang

Archways
Archways are a common sight in most Chinatowns. It tells you alot about the local Chinese population and the society they lived in. In 2009, the most popular archway is in Washington Chinatown.
See our list of archways
.

15
Chinatowns in
Asia

12
Chinatowns in
Europe

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7
Chinatowns in
Americas

 

 

washington dc chinatown archway paifangusaWashington DC
Chinatown

It once had the largest archway in the world that is still of the most beautiful.

paris chinatown 13 arrondissementFlag of FranceParis Chinatown
13 Arrondissement

This is the largest Chinatown in Continential Europe. Famous for its Chinese New Year parade.

kobe chinatownFlag of JapanNankinmachi, 南京町,
Kobe Chinatown
Founded in 1868, it is not very big Chinatown but has one of the most beautiful archways in the world.

kulalumpur chinatownFlag of MalaysiaKuala Lumpur
Chinatown

A "double layer" Chinatown with pirated goods along traditional businesses behind it.

cholon saigon chinatownvietnamCholon: Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) Chinatown
A Chinatown that grew because of massacre of Chinese in.

san francisco chinatownusaSan Francisco
Chinatown

The largest and oldest Chinatown in North America.

limehouse chinatownFlag of United KingdomLimehouse Chinatown
One of the first Chinatowns in UK and Europe founded in 1860. By the 1950s, it has completed its mission and ceased to exist.

geylang chinatownFlag of SingaporeGeylang Chinatown
A new Chinatown in Singapore. It is the opposite of Official Chinatown; spontaneous, atmospheric and even authentic.

bangkok chinatown yaowaratFlag of ThailandBangkok Chinatown
Established in 1782, when the Siam capital was shifted, Bangkok Chinatown or Yaowarat is one of the oldest Chinatowns in the world.

Flag of United Kingdomliverpool chinatown archwayLiverpool Chinatown
利物浦中国城
The oldest existing Chinatown in UK and Europe.

luang prabangFlag of LaosLuang Prabang
Chinatown

A former Chinatown in the former capital of Laos and inside a UNSECO World Heritage Site.

lebuh chinaFlag of MalaysiaPenang Chinatown
One of the oldest districts in Penang and one of the few Chinatowns within a UNSECO World Heritage site.

vientiane chinatownFlag of LaosVientiane Chinatown
A small Chinatown in central Vientiane set against the larger backdrop of new Chinese migrants from mainland China.

Brussels Chinatown
The unofficial Chinatown in Brussels, the capital of Belgium and European Union.

usaNew York Chinatown
The largest Chinatown in USA and more than a century old.

Flag of IndonesiaJakarta Chinatown
One of the oldest Chinatowns in South East Asia. Well hiddden for the observant traveller to discover.

Flag of MalaysiaMalacca Chinatown
The oldest Chinatown in Malaysia and one of the few Chinatowns inside a UNSECO world heritage site.

 

 

manila chinatownFlag of PhilippinesManila Chinatown
Founded in 1594, the Manila Chinatown is one of the earliest and largest Chinatown in South East Asia.

belleville chinatownFlag of FranceBelleville Chinatown
The 2nd Chinatown in Paris in the multi cultural district of Belleville. The most colourful time to visit is the Chinese New Year during the annual parade.

uk chinatownFlag of United KingdomLondon Chinatown
The second Chinatown of London that grew after WW2. In 2007, a plan was proposed to transform it into "Best Chinatown in the world".

karachi chinatownpakistanKarachi Chinatown
A Chinatown that is not often heard of but yes, it does exist. No temples but lots of Chinese eating places and dentists.

oakland chinatownusaOakland Chinatown
A Chinatown that expanded greatly in the 1850s and whose early migrants faced great social challenges.

singapore chinatownFlag of SingaporeSingapore Chinatown
Created in 1822 by the British, this is the "Official" Chinatown of Singapore. It is one of the top tourist attraction in Singapore.

yangon chinatownFlag of BurmaYangon Chinatown
Although it is not officially known as a Chinatown, it is the main area where the Overses Chinese in Yangon have lived, built social institutions and continue to do so.

yokohama chinatownFlag of JapanYokohama Chinatown
Founded in 1859, it is the largest Chinatown in Japan and in Asia. It is also said to be the second largest Chinatown in the world.

manchester chinatownFlag of United KingdomManchester Chinatown
The 2nd largest Chinatown in UK and a “Chinese Village for the north of England”. It's impressive archway was the largest untill overtaken by Liverpool Chinatown.

chinese shops in amsterdam chinatownFlag of NetherlandsAmsterdam Chinatown
Amsterdam Chinatown is one of the youngest Chinatown in Europe and home to the largest Chinese Buddhist monastery in Europe.

montreal chinatowncanada flagMontreal Chinatown
Founded in 1877 and built by successive waves of migrants, Montreal Chinatown is a popular tourist attraction and a center of Chinese organisations.

Flag of United KingdomBirmingham Chinatown
A unique Chinatown with a pagoda at a roundabout serving as a regional landmark.


Antwerp Chinatown
The only official Chinatown in Belgium and the 2nd Chinatown in continental Europe to have its own archway.

Buenos Aires Chinatown
A Chinatown in the capital of Argentina and complete with an archway. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most controversial Chinatowns.

Flag of NetherlandsRotterdam Chinatown
The largest Chinatown in Netherlands and a hub of cultural diversity.

usaAtlanta Chinatown
Instant Chinatown!
Just add tenants.


greeceathens chinatownAthens Chinatown
Established during the 1990s, this is one of the youngest Chinatowns in the world.


 

 

Related pages:

Chinatowns in Asia

Chinatowns in the Amercias


Chinatowns in Europe

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