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“NOT MURA ANYMORE!!!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Chinatown

Manila, Luzon, Philippines
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Ranked #33 of 69 Attractions in Manila
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

Chinatown is becoming an open air SM or Mall!! all the old stores are being removed and changed into the generic fastfoods or tiangge types that hawk already expensive items... if you happen to find a bargain maybe you are not in Chinatown but near the DIVIsoria Area...It is losing its flavor..hawkers from everywhere use to be here but now a lot is closed and some are just used for storage....

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“Never miss a visit to Chinatown”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

When you're in Manila, include Chinatown in your itinerary. This busy place is a delight to eyes and palate. You'll have your hopia at Eng Bee Tin, Chinese curio in Ongpin Street, and mouth-watering dishes at Estero (Riverside).

Visited May 2013
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

I love going to Chinatown. the place is very lively, full of people-eating, doing business and shopping. :) You can just walk around and try the delicious food along the streets. At the end of the day you'll be happy and full and wanting more. :) It can be very crowded and the streets are narrow. Though it can be very hard to drive around and look for a parking space, it's an interesting place to visit!

Visited May 2013
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“Half Day Chinatown Food Trip for Under P500”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Aside from the multitude of charm stores, jewelry and watch shops and chinese/asian groceries, Chinatown (or Binondo) is a food lover's paradise.

Once there you can easily be confused with the many restaurants lined up one after the other along the narrow streets. For the ones who have been going here for years (like me), the restaurants have the same basic food items in the menu. Knowing which resto serves the best item is the key to maximizing your budget while enjoying the best of Chinatown.

Here is a list of the must-try food shops and the best items in the menu:

Wah Ying Food House for Hongkong Cold Milk Tea: P50
Shanghai Fried Siopao (along Ongpin Street): P65 (for a pack of 4)
Tasty Dumplings for the Porkchop Noodles: P120
Dong Bei for the Fried Dumplings: P80 for 10 pcs
New Pu Heng Lumpia House for vegetable spring roll: P50
Ho-land Hopia: P40 per pack
Fuji YKL Store for fresh sugarcane juice: P60 (500ml bottle)

Start off early and hungry. Chinatown opens early so breakfast to lunch and buy the other items to take home. Enjoy!

Visited April 2013
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“Welcome the Year of the Snake by a Visit to Chinatown”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

With two friends visiting me, one from Davao City in Mindanao and the other from Virginia, U.S.A., I decided to treat them for a walking tour of Chinatown in Downtown, Manila. Coming from Roxas Boulevard and going towards Binondo, we came to two bridge which confused me the driver. I was suppose to drive through the left bridge but instead went to the right one. Unexpectedly, a traffic cop was waiting to give me a ticket for suddenly swerving but after explaining he even showed us the right way. Go down the bridge and turn left near the end of the bridge follow the road beside the river and go up the other bridge. Finally we entered the Old Manila with the main road of Quintin Paredes. We parked our car and impressively, there were parking meters in some parking slots. After paying the fees, we walked towards the famous carvajal alley. The alley was a narrow one with tiled pavement which provided a nice quaint ambiance like other old towns. There was quite a number of foreign tourists taking pictures dressed in their shorts and tank tops tees. The alley were lined with many food and fruit stalls from salted red eggs to kiwi fruits, apples, oranges, chinese noodles and other street food. We searched for a Chinese restaurant and found one. Amazingly...pancitan sa chinatown....the restaurant was fully packed by chinese patrons and we ordered a sumptuous lunch of duck soup with noodles, chinese fresh lumpia, pancit canton, and drunken crispy shrimps. Truly yummy!! After a hearty fare, we sauntered to explore the other streets. Tomas Pinpin and the center of Chinatown.......ONGPIN. Somehow, there are new shops that have opened....Lord Stow and Hapchan. There are still a handlful of jewelry shops that sells gold earrings, bracelets and trinkets for a reasonable price. Of course, there were a number of supermarkets that sells authentic chinese food. Delicacy stores such as Eng Bee Tin, and Holland that sells all variety of hopia.......ube, mongo, etc. are also located within the area. After a brisk walk in Ongpin we passed by the old Church of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary which unfortunately was closed during lunch hours. So, we just shopped for some food items and decided to call it a day. We all went home happy for the company and the nice visit to Chinatown.

Visited February 2013
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