Chinatown
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Manchester’s Chinatown is one of the largest outside of China. It’s home to shopping and restaurants and is the center of the city’s Chinese community.
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An_Old_Burian
Norwich, UK1,387 contributions
Jan 2020
We visited the Chinatown area for the new year festivities but were disappointed as they fell far short of our expectations. Maybe having experienced the celecrations in the far east a few years ago our expectations were unrealistic.....but, nevertheless, we were disappointed
Written January 28, 2020
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Off their P
Manchester, UK4,265 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
This area can be considered a little rundown at times but I visit pretty much once a week and enjoy my time there.

The reason I go is either to have dinner in one of the excellent far eastern restaurants or to shop.

There are several great supermarkets where you can get things you can’t get in your normal supermarkets. It’s really good fun and the staff very friendly indeed.
Written October 14, 2022
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Off their P
Manchester, UK4,265 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
I tend to visit this area of town at least once a week as it has an awful lot going for it. Not only are there some excellent authentic Chinese restaurants but there’s some great shops as well.

The supermarkets are an education just to walk round. Here you can buy absolutely everything you need for a good Chinese meal and there’s some Really good places there.

There is also a couple of casinos and of course the famous arch. Definitely worth half an hour of your time to have a walk around at least.
Written March 20, 2023
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WendyMcL13
Shandon, UK400 contributions
Sep 2022
Chinatown is billed as the third largest in Europe/UK. Think that oversells it a bit. Lots of restaurants and saw about 3 food supermarkets which is great but doesn't have the buzz you associate with chinatown reputation. Not when we went in September anyway. Attractive entrance, close to hotel and we bought loads of Asian food but didn't see other types of shops or much life.
Written October 1, 2022
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Anco M
Aberdeen, UK660 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We went to Chinatown during a short break in Manchester. What a lovely part of town. In the end we visited a bakery, a bubble tea room and a dessert room. All authentic and of good quality. A great part of town.
Written February 20, 2020
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RazzyBthefirst
Macclesfield, UK1,394 contributions
Jan 2020
I used to walk to and from work through this area and always found it a bit grim. Apart from the Arch, you would hardly know you're in Chinatown and it does cover quite a wide area. In fact, one of my favourite Chinese restaurants is outside Chinatown, in Cross Street, The Rice Bowl.

I can also recommend Happy Seasons on Faulkner Street. If you want to buy authentic Chinese food, there is a big supermarket and of course there is a casino and Long Legs lap dancing club, apparently!
Written January 23, 2020
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Dupree
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK108 contributions
Jun 2022
I’m not certain how this can be called a town. It’s a small block of mostly Chinese eateries. The attempt to create a Chinese garden out of the carpark is odd. It’s also mostly destroyed. There is the one decent arch. A few trees with fairy lights. Nothing else. We went on a Saturday night. Every other area of Manchester was bustling with life. Not here.
We did eat here, which was bog standard Chinese you can get from any takeaway.
Left here and headed straight to the Northern quarter, much more lively.
Written June 30, 2022
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fiona_mckeown10
Glasgow, UK17 contributions
Aug 2022
I had been here many many years ago and remember it as an exciting fabulous experience with gorg food. Now a days it seems like there are much fewer restaurants and just the impressive arch. Maybe someone local could advise better but for me I think there are not as many restaurants as there once was.
Written September 28, 2022
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lipschick
Bolton, UK748 contributions
I take issue with a number of reviews posted here. Firstly most of the restaurants are not buffet restaurants serving English food, that is utter nonsense. There are about a dozen proper Chinese restaurants, some if which don't even have menus printed in English, amongst the best are Yang Sing, Pacific, Little Yang Sing and a couple of decent Thai places. Secondly there are two small but perfectly fine supermarkets, and having lived in Central Manchester for many years, i can say with confidence that they are the best place in the city centre to buy fresh fruit, veg, fish and meat. Where else in a city centre can you buy live lobster or live crab? Not M&S Simply Food that's for sure!

I don't know what people expect, to see a Dragon Parade every hour? Rickshaws? Maybe a Slow Boat sailing past?

Manchester's China Town is actually the second largest in Europe, but that doesn't make it big, it is small, like most Chinatowns! It's like complaining that New Yorks famous little Italy is too small because it is only two blocks!

The gate is interesting, the car park in the middle is handy and it is a place of work, business, and eating. If you are expecting fire crackers, a Great Wall or maybe a few clay warriors you will be disappointed, if you are expecting good food, a different vibe and some good small supermarkets you will be happy.

Personally having lived basically next door to it for 3 years before I moved, I think it is a fabulous part of Manchester.
Written November 18, 2014
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chorleyboy
chorley98 contributions
Great atmosphere just walking around the few streets at night, make sure you go when its lit up.
Take advantage of special offers in the restaurants in the week and day time all week.
My son and I went to the Top Wok and had a 3 course special for less than £7!
Draught beer was half price and they even threw in free prawn crackers. Food plentiful and delicious, a top bargain. The specials are on from 12 noon until 9pm there so plenty opportunity to sample a bargain.
Other restaurants also have special offers which Im sure are just as good but we were both amazed with it all from the service to the food at less than takeaway prices. Get down there , you wont be disappointed
Written January 21, 2006
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