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Address: Bounded by the river | Claro M. Recto Avenue and Avenida Rizal, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
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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smells better than Chinatown nyc

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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61 reviews 61 reviews
18 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 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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159 reviews 159 reviews
27 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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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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177 reviews 177 reviews
54 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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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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Seattle, Washington
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Was told to go to this Chinese restuarant everyone raved about. When we got there it was packed. The food was good but nothing great. I grew up on Chinese food and was a bit disappointed. To be fair, it was the best meal we had in the Philippines because the baseline standard for food in the Philippines is horrible.... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Went to Chinatown in Binondo with some friends who live in the Intramuros area, and had some of the best chinese food ever ! Can't remember what the name of the restaurant was, but it was very popular, and quite busy, even at the late hour that we were there. My local friends say that there really isn't a bad... More 

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dededo
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

My wife enjoyed the shopping, of course and the value but you must have your head on a swivel especially on your valuables and on your purchases. Lots of places to eat, the area needs to be much cleaner. Easy to communicate seems like every with a few exemptions speaks good English just don't expect a very good discount.

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Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
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200 reviews 200 reviews
77 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

if you wish to buy any chinese foods or some any peculiar you are looking, or chinese bracelet or lucky charms, binondo is the best place you have to visit. but you have to be very extra careful with your personal belongings. foods also is available and the best cooking restaurant is located also.

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