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Address: Bounded by the river | Claro M. Recto Avenue and Avenida Rizal, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: The "Chinatown" of Manila, the Binondo area offers everything from...
The "Chinatown" of Manila, the Binondo area offers everything from Buddhist temples to pawn shops and Chinese restaurants.
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Feels like you are in China :)

It's best to walk around Binondo on Sundays (less traffic) and near Chinese Lunar New Year (with so many red lantern decorations). You can see so many Chinese people all over the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Manila, Philippines

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Manila, Philippines
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

It's best to walk around Binondo on Sundays (less traffic) and near Chinese Lunar New Year (with so many red lantern decorations). You can see so many Chinese people all over the place and its Chinese environment anywhere you go. There are so many restaurants for those who like food trips especially along Ongpin St. It's great to go to... More 

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Cebu City, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

this is supposed to be the oldest established chinatown in the world. a lot of the shops and shoppers are filipino-chinese. local restaurant options are vast and varied, you just need to be brave enough to step in and take a seat. a lot of the good ones don't have any looks to prove how good the food can be.... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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36 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

One of the oldest districts of Manila, Binondo showcases a mixture of east and west culture, with the chinatown and the clusters of colonial-style buildings.

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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

When I visited Binondo, it was very crowded. The cars did not even move. This area was quite dirty and smelly. We could find restaurants, herbal store, and even plumbing store here in this area. We need to be very careful with our belongings. At the visit, I tried balut (egg which is on its way to be an embryo),... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 via mobile

ok I been in a few Chinatowns and this one weird enough is one of the cleanest . lots of places to eat and buy fruits and vegetables . the stores are just not in one street unlike other cities but in a community section so plan to walk a lot . there is a mall near by but parking... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Crowded yet festive, Chinatown Binondo has much to show during Chinese Lunar New Year and its eve. Fireworks displays, plays, musical shows are at major street corners. Lion dance matched with drums and gongs. Street foods, lucky charms, foods for celebration are almost everywhere. Much of the foreign tourist also flock the area taking photos and enjoying the local fare.... More 

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

It is difficult to define the area of Manila’s Chinatown. There is a gateway marking the entrance, but inside—much like the rest of the town—it is a mass of cars, people, Jeepneys, buggies, street vendors, and pedicabs. Walking on the crowded, narrow and poorly maintained sidewalks is difficult for anyone with the slightest disability. We were with a tour group... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Binondo area is home to the ethnic Chinese population in the Philippines. It is here where you will find the oldest Chinatown in the world dating back to the 16th century. Long before the arrival of the Spanish colonizers Binondo was already the center of trade and commerce in Manila. Binondo's glorious days started during the time when the Spanish... More 

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Asia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

T. Alonzo , T . Mapua and Soler Streets in the Binondo area are where all the lighting, electrical , hardware , construction , maritime supplies are . My husband and I have been coming here for the past 6 months to look and buy for building supplies. Two weeks ago we went shopping for ceiling lights and chandeliers. Most... More 

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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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90 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

different kinds of chinese food are available here. Good for solo or group food trips. Authentic chinese stores and as well as Mcdonalds and Starbucks can be found here. Other than the food establishments, there's also a catholic church(Ongpin Church), a park, a school and banks. Will go back here on the 2015 Chinese New year to experience the core... More 

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