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ChinatownManchester

This collection of restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and other shops is one of Manchester’s most interesting cultural districts. 

Chinatown in Manchester is one of the largest Chinatowns in the U.K. and in Europe. Dine on authentic Chinese cuisine, browse the neighborhood’s colorful shops and be present for the lively annual Chinese New Year celebrations.

The first Chinese settlers arrived in Manchester in the early 20th century. These initial residents opened launderettes, with more settlers arriving and opening restaurants in the 1940s. The city’s Chinese quarter began to truly emerge in the 1970s. The areas around Nicholas Street, Faulkner Street and George Street have become a hub of Chinese cuisine and culture. The neighborhood now attracts many visitors. Even so, notice its air of authenticity, with people continuing to live and work in the area and few shops catering toward tourists.

Chinatown is a wonderful place for dining, with excellent Chinese restaurants as well as a variety of other Asian cuisines, from Japanese to Nepalese. Look for signposts marked in both Chinese and English. Many shops sell newspapers published in Hong Kong and China. The neighborhood is typically busiest on Sundays, when Chinese traders from across the country traditionally come to buy supplies in the local shops.

Look up to see Chinatown’s towering archway over Faulkner Street. A gift from China in 1987, the arch is touted as the first true Imperial Chinese arch erected in Europe. It was designed by artists from Peking and decorated with gold leaf, ceramics and lacquer. Notice the arch’s dragon and phoenix symbols as well as its red and gold colors, all symbolizing good luck and prosperity in Chinese culture.

One of the most exciting times of year to visit Chinatown is during February’s Chinese New Year celebrations. This festival attracts thousands of visitors and has expanded beyond Chinatown, with events taking place throughout Manchester’s city center. Watch lion and dragon dance performances, a lively parade, Chinese acrobatics and other traditional art and craft displays.

Manchester Chinatown is bordered by York Street, Portland Street, Oxford Street and Mosley Street. It’s open to the public daily. Reach the neighborhood by bus or take the train to Manchester Piccadilly station.


Popular places to visit in Chinatown

Manchester Art Gallery
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Manchester Art Gallery

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Heaton Park
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Heaton Park

4/5(64 reviews)

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Salford Quays
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Salford Quays

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University of Manchester
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University of Manchester

4/5(168 reviews)

Take a campus tour or just explore the area around University of Manchester, a top university in Manchester. Make time to visit the area's shops or simply enjoy its lively bars.

Top things to do in Chinatown

Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport (MAN)
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Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport (MAN)

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Per adult
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Manchester Dining with Priority Seating

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Per adult
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Sightseeing Manchester - hop on, hop-off bus tour
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Sightseeing Manchester - hop on, hop-off bus tour

£12
Per adult
The Manchester City Stadium Tour
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The Manchester City Stadium Tour

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Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Eat The City - Manchester Food Tour
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Private Transfer from Manchester Airport (MAN) to Disley
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Private Transfer from Manchester Airport (MAN) to Disley

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Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Brooklyn
Hotel Brooklyn
4 out of 5
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The price is £58 per night from 21 Sep to 22 Sep

Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is steps away from The Gay Village and Canal Street. Manchester Palace Theatre and Piccadilly Gardens are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (69 reviews)

"Absolutely loved our stay for my wife's belated birthday, can't recommend the Brooklyn Suite enough. The staff were equally excellent."…"

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2020

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Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre
Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre
3 out of 5
35 Portland Street, Manchester, England
The price is £29 per night from 20 Sep to 21 Sep

Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Gay Village, Piccadilly Gardens and Canal Street. Manchester Palace Theatre and ...

2.9/5 (2,066 reviews)

"Beautiful building, the room was a bit old school and a lil scruffy but i liked it! Lovely customer service and its really nice to have the option to smoke"…"

Reviewed on 2 Sep 2020

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Novotel Manchester Centre
Novotel Manchester Centre
4 out of 5
21 Dickinson Street, Manchester, England
The price is £48 per night from 25 Sep to 26 Sep

Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Gay Village, Manchester Palace Theatre and Manchester Art Gallery. Canal Street ...

4.3/5Excellent! (990 reviews)

"Very central, lovely big room with huge telly. Very clean"…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

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Princess St. Hotel
Princess St. Hotel
4 out of 5
18-24 Princess Street, Manchester, England
The price is £58 per night from 21 Sep to 22 Sep

Located in Manchester City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Manchester City Hall, Manchester Art Gallery and St. Peter's Square. The Gay Village ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,125 reviews)

"Actual building was lovely. Staff were eager to help & location very good."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2020

Princess St. Hotel
Roomzzz Manchester City
Roomzzz Manchester City
4 out of 5
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The price is £60 per night from 24 Sep to 25 Sep

Located in Manchester City Centre, this apartment building is steps away from Manchester Art Gallery, The Gay Village and Canal Street. Manchester Palace Theatre ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (879 reviews)
Manchester Central Stay

"This is excellent apartment style hotel in the central Manchester. So far I haven't been staying a lot in the this property type, but COVID-19 has changed requirement of stay and while I had a long working hours apartment stay with little kitchenette (fully equipped) was perfect choice to prepare ..."…"

Reviewed on 6 Jun 2020

Roomzzz Manchester City
ibis Manchester Centre 96 Portland Street (new ibis rooms)
ibis Manchester Centre 96 Portland Street (new ibis rooms)
2 out of 5
96 Portland Street, Manchester, England
Free cancellation
The price is £40 per night from 23 Sep to 24 Sep

Located in Manchester City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of The Gay Village, Manchester Palace Theatre and Canal Street. Piccadilly Gardens and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (993 reviews)

"Staff were polite and helpful but we stayed in Novotel not ibis"…"

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2020

ibis Manchester Centre 96 Portland Street (new ibis rooms)

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