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“smells better than Chinatown nyc” 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 #37 of 118 things to do in Manila
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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.
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“smells better than Chinatown nyc”
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 was a long wait so we didn't go in .

colorful vendors , savory snacks and friendly people not pushy unlike other areas .

Visited April 2015
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“Binondo On A Chinese Lunar New Year Festival”
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.

Tips : Be careful of usual tourist traps
Always bargain when you buy, beware of pickpockets
A few other things you might want to try :
Light incense at a shrine.
Buy a few lucky charms that match your zodiac.
Watch the Lion Dance up close.
Have a sumptuous lunch/dinner that won't cost you a leg, after all this is Binondo.
Park your vehicle from a distance in a secured parking lot and just walk your way in.
Bringing small children may not be ideal as they could get lost.
Nearby mall is Lucky Chinatown which have mall amenities.

Visited February 2015
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“An assault on the senses”
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 from a cruise ship and had difficulty keeping up with the tour guide because of the crowds. There are many restaurants and shops. Street vendors cover nearly every available curb. We hired a group of horse and buggies and toured the streets from the relative safety of the buggy. For those with disability, getting into and out of the buggy is most difficult. We were strongly warned to watch for pickpockets, not to leave our phones, purses or other valuables anywhere but on our laps. We were also given a police escort to get through the traffic which also added to our safety.
*There are no considerations for handicap that we saw anywhere in Manila.

Visited December 2014
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“Oldest Chinatown in the World”
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 Galleon was plying regularly between Acapulco and Manila. Today, it is still a shopper's haven as business continue to flourish in this part of the city.

Visited June 2014
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“If you need lighting , hardware, construction and building supplies”
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 of the lights were made in China , but are designed in Europe or the USA. Normally people there say that they open at 9 AM . Do not believe this , as most are readily opened only by 930 AM or 10 AM. You can just see the staff sitting outside of their closed stores by 9 AM. Haggle if you must. If the goods are too heavy for you, you may ask the men who work in the store to help bring the things to your car. You may give a tip of 50 to 100 pesos ( a little over 1 to 2 US Dollars ) Not all goods are genuine though.

Visited October 2014
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