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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

The "Chinatown" of Manila, the Binondo area offers everything...

The "Chinatown" of Manila, the Binondo area offers everything from Buddhist temples to pawn shops and Chinese restaurants.

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A Little China in the Philippines

Binondo is a very good place if you want to sense the Chinese influence in the Philippines. Being the 1st chinatown in the world, one really can see from the buildings around that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Makati, Philippines

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Rowland Heights, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Our third time to visit this place. We love coming to this place despite the traffic and too many people. We love the El Preidente Chinese restaurant there because of the good food but not the customer service. There are shops there that we love to shop for feng shui stuff. Good price if you know how to bargain.

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Makati, Philippines
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139 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Binondo is a very good place if you want to sense the Chinese influence in the Philippines. Being the 1st chinatown in the world, one really can see from the buildings around that they all have the touch of Chinese words or sculptures. If you're coming from Intramuros, the bridge after intramuros works as the divider between the "Filipino world"... More 

Thank JPodung_25
Manila, Philippines
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37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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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89 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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 

Thank bulakbol76
Manila, Philippines
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35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 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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25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 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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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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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225 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 310 helpful votes
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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683 reviews
472 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 806 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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