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

Binondo
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Private Binondo Chinatown Food Tour
Ranked #33 of 126 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.
Melbourne, Australia
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A little good a little bad”
3 of 5 bubbles 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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56 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Binondo, the real Manila?”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 Thank Alexandra G
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Portland, Oregon
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156 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
“A GLIMPSE OF HISTORY...”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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6 Thank anaklakay
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Manila, Manila, Philippines
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178 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“I work in this area”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 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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2 Thank 126Susie
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Makati, Philippines
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35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Heaven for low price shopping mania”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 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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3 Thank Xiao_Yen
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