Chinatown in Liverpool FEATURE
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Chinatown in Liverpool is the oldest Chinese community in Europe and the first established Chinatown. The entrance is marked by an impressive archway which stands 15m high, making this the highest traditional Chinese arch outside of China.
The beautiful archway was imported in pieces from Shanghai and built in Liverpool by Chinese craftsmen. A walk through this archway and down Nelson Street reveals many restaurants, take-aways and supermarkets. The area can be quiet in the daytime with many restaurants not opening up for business till the evening. The supermarkets are open during normal business hours and are worth a visit for good value speciality products. Take a minute at the bottom of the street to have a closer look at the two Chinese Guardian Lions which stand at either side. These beautiful statues are believed to have powers of protection and are traditionally created in pairs, one male and one female.
At the bottom of Nelson Street and across the road onto Hardy Street, the Chung Wah supermarket welcomes visitors with a friendly atmosphere and helpful staff. The supermarket also supplies restaurants in the area and caries a good variety of products.
The surrounding area has much to see for visitors to Liverpool. Take a right up to Hope Street and the largest cathedral in Britain, on St James Mount, stands huge against the skyline. The Roman Catholic Cathedral can also be found at the far end of the same street.
Walk back down to Chinatown from here and enjoy an evening meal in one of the many fantastic restaurants. Some of these restaurants feature stunning artwork, tapestries and intricate dcor. Along with high quality cuisine, the general atmosphere and surroundings makes these restaurants a great place to dine.
Chinatown in Liverpool is a Chinese community dating back over a hundred years. With its stunning constructions and modern restaurants, this area of the city has a little of something to please any visitor to Liverpool.