Chinatown, Sydney

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    China town sydney

    by mallyak Written Apr 30, 2008

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    Sydney's Chinatown is a colourful mixture of asian culture, shopping and cuisine. The area's distinctly oriental architecture, street lanterns and archways confirm it as a showpiece for Australian Chinese culture.
    In more recent years Chinatown has extended from the bounds of Dixon, Hay and Sussex Streets to encompass a much larger area bounded by George Street in the east and Darling Harbour in the west. The spatial expansion of Chinatown is complemented by the influx of east asian immigrants bringing with them exotic cooking styles and cuisines. The eateries in Chinatown serve up authentic asian dishes throughout the day until 4am in some cases. The food halls leave a little to be desired with respect to ambience but they make up for their shortcomings through being particularly good for their variety of dishes and exceptionaly reasonable prices.

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    Chinatown

    by Gypsystravels Updated Dec 16, 2007

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    Chinatown in Sydney is quite small compared to other Chinatown's I've been to around the world, nonetheless, it is quite charming and a great place to find some inexpensive food.

    We walked along the main street, spotted at a few novelty stores, and decided to have a nice lunch here in Chinatown.

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    You might as well check out Chinatown

    by 850prc Updated Jul 23, 2005

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    Street scene in Sydney's Chinatown area

    I have a question for my friends in Beijing, Shanghai and Taipei...... do YOU enjoy visiting "Chinatown" in foreign countries? I guess I never really thought about it from that perspective. I've never known of a foreign country having an "Americantown". OK, back to the tip....

    While certainly not as large as the Chinatown entities in San Francisco or New York City, Sydney's Chinatown still offers a different look from its other neighborhoods. Along with the usual collection of small eateries, you'll find various shops and markets designed for both tourists and local residents.

    My visit to Sydney's Chinatown was a first for me......it's the first time I've ever visited a Chinatown without buying something. But, it's no big surprise.... we were there kind of early, before everything was really up and running. ; )

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    CHINA TOWN..

    by DennyP Updated Aug 26, 2008

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    TOP ENTRANCE TO CHINATOWN..
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    Sydneys China town is extremely popular with local residents and as the Chinese have played such a major role in Australia's developement in all forms of the community...and there are a very large population of Chinese call Sydney home..always a very busy area with just so many chinese shops and restaurants that are open till all hours..Always a place to stop and eat some great authentic Chinese food..there are also many various shops catering for all the chinese communities needs..

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    Chinatown

    by robertgaz Updated Sep 18, 2007

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    Sydney's Chinatown is a colourful mixture of Asian culture, shopping and cuisine. There is distinct Oriental architecture with colourful street lanterns and archways at the entrances.

    The eateries around Chinatown serve up authentic Asian dishes throughout the day and all the way until 4am in some cases.

    Unfortunately I didn't truly get to experience the local atmosphere because most of the shops were closed during my visit which happened to coincide with the 2007 APEC Summit.

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    Once upon a Chinese Garden

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 11, 2006

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    The Chinese Garden of Friendship was created for Australia's Bicentenary in 1988, symbolising the closeness of the relationship. Situated neatly between Chinatown and Darling Harbour, it offers a delightful contrast to the concrete jungle surrounding it.
    I've tried to include some of the variety you'll find there.
    Firstly, there's the Gurr (Pavilion of Clear View) with Dragon Rock in the pond. These two items seem to be begging for your attention just about wherever you are in the garden.
    In the second pic is the rock forest, reflecting the tragic story of the Dancing Maiden Ashima and the Landlord. Though she drowns, her spirit is transformed into a dancing rock.
    In pic 3 are some of the many carp you'll notice in the pond.
    Pic 4 is Penjing, meaning "tray scenery", a Chinese art of creating a minature landscape. The oldest tree here dates to 1932.
    Pic 5 gives you some idea of the types of traditional sculptures you'll find scattered throughout the garden though the area adjacent to the Chamber of Clear Rhythm offers this particular example.
    The garden is open every day except Xmas Day from 9.30 to 5.00

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    Shopping in China Town

    by Sweetberry1 Updated Aug 23, 2003

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    China Town Store..

    Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with my intended shopping in China Town.. and left without buying anything.
    I asked the salesgirl about an item I was going to purchase, and she replied something, in a very rude manner, offering no information, and walking off in a huff...
    I just couldn't believe the girl's attitude.. ;-/

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    Chinese New Year

    by leffe3 Written Jul 4, 2005

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    For one week in February every year, Chinatown and parts of the CBD are taekn over by the Chinese community to celebrate the new year. Various celebrations take place, but the mainstay is the Parade through the streets, culminating in the 'end of the road' at Darling Harbour.

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    Enter the dragon

    by iandsmith Updated Apr 11, 2006

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    The dragon is an important cultural symbol to the Chinese and so it seems appropriate that the one animal (apart from birds, particularly ibis [see pic 5]) that you will see lots of at the Chinese Garden of Friendship is the Australian Bearded Dragon, a fairly common lizard throughout the land of Oz.
    In Chinese mythology dragons are seen as benevolent guardians and are associated with good fortune. The Dragon Rock seen in pictures 2 and 3 draws your eye whenever you are adjacent to the Lake of Brightness.
    One spot I particularly liked was the waterfall, strangely without any special title, just a waterfall, that's all. Its boisterous tone is such a relief from the drone of the city outside the walls that it has an immediate relaxing effect upon you.

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    Chinatown and Haymarket

    by nora_south_africa Written Nov 25, 2006

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    Asian and Spanish food and festivities
    Located adjacent to Darling Harbour
    15-minute bus trip from Circular Quay
    Eat yum cha, a brunch/lunchtime tradition, where you choose from trolleys piled high with assorted Chinese "steam baskets".
    Explore the Spanish Quarter, the place to buy jamon and chorizo and to try paella and Spanish dancing.
    Chinese New Year in February

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    Cheap meals and much more.

    by sirgaw Written Oct 26, 2009

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    Dixon Street in Sydney is Chinatown - an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes, shops selling all types of Oriental products, foreign currency converters and people from all corners of the globe taking in the atmosphere. The odours are distinctly Asian with the pungent aroma of Hoy Sin sauce predominating. Luckily the area is pedestrian only as it can get very crowded along Dixon Street.

    A wander down Dixon Street and you will be accosted by over-zealous restaurant touts trying to lure you into their establishment. Yes business is tough and very competitive, but I usually try and avoid eating establishments where they have someone out the front trying to entice passers by into their place.

    Great areas for a quick and inexpensive meal or simply people watch from one of the street seats. Close by is The Chinese Garden of Friendship and Paddy’s Market.

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    Experiance Chinatown

    by austarman Updated Jul 20, 2006

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    Sydney's Chinatown is a colourful mixture of asian culture, shopping and cuisine. The area's distinctly oriental architecture, street lanterns and archways confirm it as a showpiece for Australian Chinese culture.Chinatown also hosts a number of performances throughout the year in line with the Chinese calendar celebrations.
    The eateries in Chinatown serve up authentic asian dishes throughout the day until 4am in some cases.
    Admission to Chinatown is free.

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    DIXON STREET for Yummy Food & BArgain Shopping

    by AusPinay Written Jul 4, 2009

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    One part ofDixon St. with many dining options
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    Explore this area of Sydney with colourful ambience typical of a mini Chinese town- chaotic, but filling your senses with the msot amazing smell - of sesame oil, Chinese spices and herbs, etc. You will not miss it as the ornate acrways with statues of lions is there to greet you at the entrance!

    Lots of bargain shopping here too plus of course, a wide array of dining options- yum cha to ala carte restaurants and fast food places.

    According tohttp://www.teachingheritage.nsw.edu.au/d_reshaping/images_meta1.html-Sydney's Dixon Street became Sydney's Chinatown in 1980 after negotiations by the Sydney City Council and the Dixon Street property Owners and business Owners jointly raised funds to build the Ceremonial Archways, Lions, pavilion, seats, garden beds etc. Mr. Henry Tsang (our current Deputy Lord Mayor) was our Honorary Architect. Our Dixon Street Chinese Committee Chairman was Mr Stanley Wong, MBE with great support from Mr. Bernard Chan, Mr. Alen Lai, Mr. Henry Ming Lai, and Mr. Siu Wah Wong, MBE etc.

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    Chinatown

    by hennanights Updated Aug 14, 2006

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    Sydney's Chinatown in small but worth a visit. Its close to other attractions such as Darling Harbour, Paddy's market and the Chinese garden. We spent about an hour browsing in the shops. Unfortuantely most of them are full of Australian souvenirs that are found all over Sydney. There a few nice shops however that have some nice items such as pottery and antiques. For more shops with Chinese wears try the roads surrounding the main Chinatown road. We had a very pleasant Chinese meal at one of the many restaurants. It was very yummy and reasonably priced.

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    Grab an Emperor’s Puff

    by wabat Written Sep 29, 2013

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    Don't resist it - you'll love it

    It’s rare that I pass through Chinatown and not pick up an Emperor’s Puff or two (ok four per person is nice). These hot egg custard cream puffs are to die for and quite a bargain, be it for an afternoon treat or a late night snack.

    The are cooked freshly as you wait – you can watch the process from inside the bakery – though you buy them from the nondescript window in the attached photo. As the are freshly made do let them cool down for a couple of minutes before succumbing to the almost irresistible temptation to bite into one. They come very hot – straight from the griddle!

    These little morsels are extremely popular so be prepared to queue up. There are very few things in life I will join a queue for – this is one of them. You’ll be hooked I promise. Don’t let the queue put you off though, it moves fairly quickly.

    The bakery (Emperor’s Garden Cake & Bakery) is located at the Hay Street end of Chinatown just inside Dixon Street – you will probably smell the sweet custard in the air.

    On sale from around noon till late (as long as anyone is buying!).

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