Sydney has been bitten by the Chinese culture. That is so evident with the city’s very own Chinatown, a place where the vibrant and colourful culture of the east can be felt through an array of shops, noodle houses, fusion restaurants, and food halls.
Chinese who come to Sydney do not feel singled out at all. With the Chinatown located nearby the Central Railway Station, it makes for a nice springboard to an exploration of the city. It is also one amazing place to come home to after a tiring day of adventure to see the iconic attractions in the city including the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Circular Quay, and the rest of the city centre.
Accessible and tourist-friendly, Chinatown has many exciting offers that go well beyond the eclectic Chinese cuisine. For one, it has bargain shops where good buys are aplenty. For another, it is also nearby some nice attractions that include interesting museums and delightful gardens.
A tour of the Paddy’s Market is essential for a complete experience of Sydney’s Chinatown. It has an array of goods that include electronics, clothing, and more. Apart from the good buys, the experience of wandering through some colourful shops is enough reason to take the tour.
In between your Chinatown exploration, you may also squeeze in various attractions that are only a stone throw away from the community. Some of the must-visits while you are in the area include the Powerhouse Museum, the Pyrmont Bridge, the Sydney Aquarium, the Sydney Wildlife World, and the Sydney Entertainment Centre. You must also check out the Chinese Garden of Friendship, which was designed by Chinese architects. It features pavilions, waterfalls, ponds, and a teahouse.
The vibe at Chinatown can be pretty amazing, especially in January or February when the place preps up for the festivities of the Chinese New Year. There are lots of stimulating activities during this time including colourful dancing lights, lion dances, and so much more.
Ordinary seasons are not to be missed as well. Chinatown is a mesmerizing place all-year round, especially the exotic food smells sourced from a variety of Asian cuisine. It is not only Chinese food that is a must-try here. Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian, and other fabulous Asian flavours are not to be missed as well.
One food hub that you should pay a visit as you roam around Chinatown is Yum Cha. It offers an exquisite dining experience that features dimsum and dumplings and other dishes. Favourite dishes among guests include Pai Gwut or pork ribs, Fung Jao or chicken feet, and blanched Gai Lan or Chinese broccoli, and Ha Cheung or prawn noodles.
Fun and Excitement
If you are looking for the ultimate fun and excitement, Sydney will never get short of offers. Chinatown is but one Chinese friendly community that could offer you great experiences. There are other spots worth visiting that you will never regret. They do not necessarily offer exclusively Chinese feel but they would make the trip worth taking as well.