China Town Sydney, AU

 

Where there are Chinese living outside China, there are Chinatowns.

All over the world Chinatowns have been established in major cities, occupying a substantial portion of the city.

 

Countries in South East Asia, East Asia, Europe, North America,

Australia, and even South Africa have Chinatowns.

 

These establishments usually center on commercial areas

where Chinese men put up businesses with their local wives.

 

It is a well known fact that for the Chinese where they have found prosperity is where they will stay for the rest of their lives.

 

And so, these Chinatowns have been in existence for at least a hundred years. You will know that you are in Chinatown when you see

a Paifang, an archway that literally means “neighborhood maker”.

 

China Town Sydney, AU

 

In Sydney, the location of its Chinatown has changed three times:

  • The Rocks – 1st Chinatown in Sydney in the late 19th century.

  • Market Street – Located in Darlington Harbour, this was the second Chinatown of Sydney.

  • Haymarket – Current location of Sydney’s Chinatown, it is between the Central Station and Darling Harbour.

Sydney is home to the largest Chinatown in Australia. Compared to other Chinatowns all over the world, Sydney’s Chinatown has a reputation of being relatively clean and crime-free. This Chinatown consists of 13 streets that are characterized by:

  • Streets filled with oriental and colorful souvenir shops

  • Small individual stalls on the streets

  • Numerous grocery stores that sell Asian products such as rice, noodles, etc.

  • Restaurants and eateries that serve authentic Asian delicacies

Main stores in Sydney’s Chinatown:

  • Paddy’s Market – Dimly lit and crowded, it is a typical Asian wet market where you can buy exotic Asian products.

  • Market City – Mimics large malls that dominate large cities in Asia such as Manila and Jakarta. This is where the youth hang-out, buy designer products, and eat in a food court that caters to hundreds of people during lunch time.

“Sister” Chinatowns have emerged around Sydney and are located in suburban areas such as:

  • Ashfield

  • Hurstville

  • Eastwood

  • Campsie

  • Parramatta

  • Chatswood

  • Burwood

  • Flemington

Sydney’s Chinatown gives locals a chance to glimpse the life of their Asian brothers without having to go to China or other Chinese populated countries.

As with most Chinatowns scattered all over the world, Sydney’s Chinatown is country in itself in that it has its own culture and its own language.

As you walk further into the heart of Chinatown in Sydney, you will notice that many of the people around you will be speaking Chinese and the signs

will all be in that language. You will then understand the fascination the Italian explorer, Marco Polo, felt when he discovered China.