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Bounded by the river | Claro M. Recto Avenue and Avenida Rizal, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
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Ranked #22 of 80 attractions in Manila
Type: Historic Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The "Chinatown" of Manila, the Binondo area offers everything from Buddhist temples to pawn shops and Chinese restaurants.
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Tortona, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

Binondo is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and characteristic district of the city, to get there for people like me staying in Malate need to cross the bridge along the Pasing river, walking along the crowded Chinatown. Binondo is nice but lactating best is undoubtedly the beautiful and old Binondo Church, an attraction not to be missed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This Chinatown area has a flavour all it's own. To call it interesting would be an understatement. Here you can find true ethnic Chinese food but you have to look carefully to find the hidden jewels. There are some really excellent walking tours that are absolutely worth taking. The food is great. The shopping is good but as with all... More

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Bacolod, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Binondo boasts of so many authentic Chinese eateries -- not the type that are glamorous or luxurious, but these are the ones where you can even see the food prepared right in front of you. It is even livelier to do a food tour in Binondo during Chinese New Year, with all the festivities. But you have to contend with... More

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Manila, Philippines
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

A market place of stores and people trying to get the best deals but be careful. Try to visit this with a guide and its only a short trip from intramuros.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

name it and they have it there.. whatever food that you want to try. they got it there. but make sure you do it on foot. traffic is very bad.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Place is quite historical with lots of decades old shops and restaurants. It is better to there though witha local who knows its rich past. Setback is that it is very very dirty.

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Perth, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Firstly, we visited Chinatown on a Sunday so perhaps it wasn't in the normal full swing? In my opinion, I wouldn't be going out of my way to see Chinatown if I was in Manila for a short period. Perhaps it's better to go to this area if you're with a local (or someone who is familiar with the area)... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I didn't know if it was safe to go here but we went anyway. On calesa (horse drawn carriage), it was fun to see. Also stopped by a famous bakery Eng BeeTin and bought some hopia (mooncake). THere is nothing to be scared of! We had fun.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

The entire area is really really dirty and poor but, as with all Chinatowns, the walks through Binondo are really nice. There are a few arches and mini bridges which are nice photo ops. And if the place gets to you, theres an SM mall in the middle of Binondo for some AC and fast food. Tip - Get a... More

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Manila, Philippines
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

if there were no traffic ........ but traffic we have every day in manila and binondo. otherwise the place is worth a visit for cheap shopping etc. but if you get stuck in heavy traffic for hours and hours the fun turns into horror. it's more traffic in the philippines ............

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