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“A little good a little bad” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Binondo

Binondo
Bounded by the river | Claro M. Recto Avenue and Avenida Rizal, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
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Ranked #24 of 69 Attractions in Manila
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The "Chinatown" of Manila, the Binondo area offers everything from Buddhist temples to pawn shops and Chinese restaurants.
Melbourne, Australia
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“A little good a little bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

This area has some good parts.....like the Chinatown malls but some depressingly sad parts like the putrid canals and decaying buildings.

Visited November 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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“Binondo, the real Manila?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

You knw you are in Binondo when you see the church and the purple fire engine parked outside. This is te heart of an older Manila. A huge contrast to the clean, modern, international car filled Makati, it is bustling with people on foot. Street stalls and food carts block the pavements,and you know you are in an Asian city. Electricity wires hang in thick knotted loops like crazed washing lines. Buildings are older, grubbier and shorter, but also dripping with character. Sights and smells can be confronting: a rubbish strewn tributary or a bucket full of skinned frogs, but so much more exciting in the telling than a neat and soulless CBD. And the food is exciting and challenging and fun!

Visited August 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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“A GLIMPSE OF HISTORY...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Some spanish architecture is still prevalent to some building around this area...The renovated small bridges still contours the past about 500 years ago...Horse drawn 'caleza' used to travel on the streets to where modern vehicles are passing by these days...Before the electricity and the days of oil lamps, romantic stories was created by local poets...The small river flows through the once clean but still mighty Pasig River...Like any other place in Manila, it is safer to visit this place during the day...

Visited December 2011
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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“I work in this area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

I work here so, naturally I come here everyday, 6 days a week but I never tire of the place. There's lots of places to eat-authentic Chinese restaurants or fastfoods; shopping areas from Divisoria Mall or 168 or just the sidewalks that sell a variety of stuff. You can get fruits at a great bargain after 6PM. However, the place just gets too traffic during latter November to December as hordes of people trek to Divisoria for great bargain hunts.

Visited November 2012
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Makati, Philippines
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“Heaven for low price shopping mania”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

You can find chinesse herbs, medicine or food here.
A different face of manila, a city with friendly chinese faces around.
I like go there because its easy to find imported things from Malaysia, Singapore or Thailand, especially for cooking which is difficult to find at the shopping centre at Makati.

Visited October 2012
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