Chinatown

Chinatown, Melbourne: Tickets, Tours, Address, Chinatown Reviews: 4/5

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Neighborhood: Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,848 contributions
Historic centre of Chinese life in Australia
May 2021
Chinese people have lived in Australia for centuries, but the real influx began with the Great Australian Gold Rush in 1851, when Chinese miners arrived to seek their fortune. Chinatown has always been a community centre, one can see such things as the Kuo Min Tang Hall and the Chinese Christian Mission. Of course, restaurants great and small have always been a feature of Chinatown, from the illustrious Flower Drum to humble noodle shops. Chinatown is in Little Bourke St, running from Swanston St to Exhibition St.
Written May 29, 2021
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AndyJohn74
Melbourne, Australia1,670 contributions
Two halves.
Jan 2021 • Solo
There are two halves to Chinatown in Melbourne. The upper half between Russell Street and Exhibition Street seems to have more to it. Lots of places to eat and shop.
Written January 28, 2021
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jeffryb
Keysborough, Australia371 contributions
A taste of the Orient
Oct 2020
Chinatown hosts numerous restaurants, from the up-market Flower Drum to humble dumpling shops. The Chinese have been Victoria for a long time now, and they have made their mark. Chinatown is in Little Bourke St, east of Swanston Street. The Chinese Museum is worth seeing.
Written October 8, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia7,848 contributions
Chinatown looks towards a revival
Jun 2020
Chinatown has been hard hit by corona virus but the Chinese are optomists. They place great stress on the lunar zodiac. Lunar New Year commences on 12 February 2021. It is the Year of the Ox. The Ox is a noble animal in Chinese iconography. The Ox symbolises hard work, peace and jusitce. The Ox hs an iron will. It works hard and doesn't quit.. Thus the Chinese expect that next year will be good for business It is true that Chinee people are apprehensive about epidemics, but things will bounce back next year -- they always do.
Written June 5, 2020
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Amy
1 contribution
beautiful buildings
Feb 2020
There are a lot of old buildings here that look very historic. They feel like Chinese buildings. The square buildings are very beautiful and Chinese characters on them.I couldn't resist the temptation to go in every one of them.
Written June 2, 2020
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Evie
1 contribution
great place
Jul 2019
There are many Chinese restaurants in Melbourne's Chinatown, and the taste is particularly good. But sometimes some Chinese restaurants will have English translation, which makes me a little puzzled, and I have n’t even eaten.
Written May 31, 2020
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christoskontas 🇬🇷
Thessaloniki, Greece5,774 contributions
Melbourne's chinatown. One more around the world.
Dec 2019
The chinatown is consisted of some blocks in the city center of Melbourne. We didn't see anything special accept of too many restaurants and cheap shops. Busy neighborhood with nightlife. Υou will find some really good Chinese restaurants here.
Written March 8, 2020
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Peter M
London, UK1,438 contributions
A nice walk thru!!
Feb 2020 • Solo
Walking around Downtown and thought I would take a walk thru Chinatown...
found the Main Street and took a walk thru.. lovely smell coming out of the restaurants.. And many highly decorated stores...
Other than that not too much to get excited about.. Unless I missed something??
Written February 27, 2020
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland19,460 contributions
one of several Chinatowns in the world
Nov 2019
A fascinating feature of many large cities outside China are the 'Chinatown's' established by Chinese immigrants. The one in Melbourne started with the the gold rush in the 1850's, just about the same time as the one in San Francisco with the California gold rush. While the Chinatown in San Francisco got destroyed with the 1906 earthquake and has since been rebuilt, the Chinatown of Melbourne now can call itself the longest continously inhabited Chinatown outside Asia.

Located along the eastern part of Little Bourke Street between Swanston and Spring Street it is now to a great extent an area of eating places, not just of China, but several other Asian culsines as well. Still the typical symbols of a Chinatown are there, such as the red lanterns hanging above the street and the 'Paifang', the typical gateways with Chinese inscriptions at the entrances.

The 'Facing Heaven' archway on Cohen Plaza, not far from the Chinese Museum, is the most noteworthy of all the five here, a replica of a Ming Dynasty arch with two Imperial Guard Lions beside it.
Written February 3, 2020
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bcheong
Bangkok, Thailand25,610 contributions
Restaurants and more
Jan 2020 • Couples
A rather longish street with of course many chinese restaurants. Also japanese and thai. And on sunday, they have street bbqs too
Written January 26, 2020
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