first_img7. New YorkNew York’s Chinatown also stakes a claim to the title of ‘largest outside Asia’. Whatever the case, the Chinese community of Manhattan’s Lower East Side is a major tourist attraction that frequently veers into kitsch – for example, look out for the phone booths with pagoda roofs! The Flushing district in Queens has grown into a second, less-touristy Chinatown to rival the original. Read more: 10 best things to eat in New York – and the best places to eat themFind flights to New York To mark Chinese New Year, explore 8 of the world’s most interesting Chinatowns. Go celebrate the Year of the Sheep in one of these exciting neighbourhoods.1. LondonLondon’s Chinese community kick off festivities with a parade and a main stage in Trafalgar Square on February 22nd. The celebrations feature music, acrobatics, firecrackers and dragons (of course). London’s Chinatown was originally in the East End, but switched to the West End in 1950s, and today the area is well known for world-class authentic Chinese cuisine, often at enticingly low prices. This Chinese New Year you can sample dim sum and the like from food stalls set up in the streets. Read more: 7 top royal attractions in LondonFind flights to London 8. VancouverThe Pacific coast city of Vancouver earned the nickname ‘Hongcouver’ thanks to the influx of immigrants in the run-up to Hong Kong’s 1997 handover to China. If you want to sample some of the best Chinese food in the world, there are over 200 restaurants to choose from here, so you’re spoilt for choice! You’ll also find the beautiful Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden – the first full-scale Scholar garden built outside of China!Find flights to Vancouver 5. BelgradeThe Serbian capital isn’t perhaps where you’d expect to find one of Europe’s major Chinatowns, but seek out Blok 70 in New Belgrade. Beneath the Eastern Bloc-style skyscrapers are two shopping centres full of Chinese shops and restaurants, and a market where you’ll be able to find all manner of curios; great places to sharpen your haggling skills. Find flights to Belgrade6. San FranciscoSan Francisco’s Chinatown is perhaps the largest outside Asia, and certainly one the city’s top tourist attractions. Wander the beguiling streets of this exotic enclave taking in sights such at the Bank of America, which is appropriately decorated with golden dragons. Cult 1980s film fans may recognise it as the location of Big Trouble in Little China, starring Kurt Russell. Read more: 10 top things to do in San Francisco Find flights to San Francisco 3. ParisThere are two major Chinatowns in Paris. The original, that’s been around since the seventies, is located in the 13th arrondissement on the Left Bank. This Chinatown is grouped around Place d’Italie – which really should be re-named something more, well, Chinese! The other is in Belleville, once a run-down neighbourhood but now a trendy Parisian address. There’s a big Vietnamese presence here too, best experienced at the atmospheric market on Rue Rebeval. Read more: Things to do in Paris: a second timer’s guideFind flights to Paris4. AmsterdamAmsterdam’s Chinatown is surprisingly small, taking up only a couple of streets, stretching north from Nieuwmarkt, but it’s full of atmosphere. The area abounds with restaurants, especially along Zeedijk and Stormsteeg – not only Chinese, but also Thai and Japanese, such as the funky, great value EatMode. Read more: 10 best things to do in Amsterdam: a local’s guideFind flights to Amsterdam center_img Wanna see the real thing? Check this out: 10 best things to do in Beijng: a local’s guideSkyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map 2. ManchesterManchester’s thriving Chinatown is the second-largest in the UK. The area is packed with many Chinese restaurants, shops, bakeries and supermarkets, but one of its premier sights is, bizarrely enough, a car park at Faulkner Street, which is decorated in an Oriental theme, including a mural of a junk – the iconic Chinese boat that adorns many a picture of Hong Kong harbour. Find flights to Manchester Related10 flights for £100 or lessSomething for the weekend? 10 bargain flights for under £100 to the very best places to visit this weekend, or book for later.6 flights for under £60Skiing, sunshine, Valentine’s Day, the 150th birthday of the Tube… Six excuses for a holiday, all with flights under £60.8 Top Marathons: running around the worldSkyscanner presents our top pick of marathons around the worldlast_img read more