Liverpool Chinatown

Liverpool Chinatown

Liverpool Chinatown, located near the city's southern edge close to Liverpool Cathedral, is home to the oldest Chinese community in Europe and is notable for its Chinese-style architecture, and abundance of Chinese restaurants, supermarkets and businesses.

The streets are decorated with Chinese lanterns, street signs are written in English and Chinese, and the Paifang on Nelson Street, built in Shanghai and assembled in 2000 to mark the redevelopment of the area, is the largest multiple-span arch of its kind outside of China.

Liverpool's Chinese population dates back to 1834 when the first vessel from China arrived at the city's docks to trade silk, cotton and tea. Chinese mariners were employed by shipping companies and strong trade links were formed between Liverpool and Shanghai and Hong Kong. From the 1890s, Chinese businesses began to establish themselves along the docks to cater for the Chinese sailors, and the city's Chinese community has been present ever since.

By the outbreak of World War II there were up to 20,000 Chinese mariners in the city, but they not given equal pay and were poorly treated by the British ship owners and government. After striking in protest against their treatment they were labelled as 'troublemakers', forbidden shore jobs, and many were forced to leave and return to China. Liverpool's docklands suffered heavy bombing during the war which led to the relocation to where the city's Chinatown exists today.

Liverpool Chinatown hosts a giant celebration with thousands of participants every February to mark Chinese New Year.

   Chinatown is a 7 minute walk (0.3 miles) from The Nadler Liverpool.
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