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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.

Top Hotels in Chinatown

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Princess St. Hotel
Princess St. Hotel
4 out of 5
18-24 Princess Street, Manchester, England
The price is $64 per night

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,165 reviews)
Very Good Stay under present circumstances

"I stayed the week 18th -24th March right in the middle of Corona Virus were things were shutting down so was unable to use bar and restaurant facilities, however the staff were very friendly always on hand at reception even tho the hotel exceptionally quiet."…"

Reviewed on Mar 25, 2020

Princess St. Hotel
Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre
Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre
3 out of 5
35 Portland Street, Manchester, England
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $37 per night

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 ...

3/5 (5,471 reviews)

"Pleasant room and the hotel was clean and tidy. Male staff member on reception was extremely polite and efficient."…"

Reviewed on Mar 22, 2020

Britannia Hotel - Manchester City Centre
Hotel Brooklyn
Hotel Brooklyn
4 out of 5
59 Portland St, Manchester, England

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

4.7/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
Very cool

"Fab hotel, loved the interior and the overall experience. Had dinner in the restaurant, service and food were excellent. For Breakfast again the service was excellent but selection of breakfast food was not as good as sister restaurant Gotham Hotel."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Hotel Brooklyn
Roomzzz Manchester City
Roomzzz Manchester City
4 out of 5
36 Princess Street, Manchester, England
The price is $56 per night

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

4.6/5Wonderful! (875 reviews)

"Lovely stunning apartmen"…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

Roomzzz Manchester City
Novotel Manchester Centre
Novotel Manchester Centre
4 out of 5
21 Dickinson Street, Manchester, England
The price is $70 per night

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! (995 reviews)

"The location was key for me being in the center of Manchester. Hotel and bed was very comfortable. Used the gym, sauna and steam room in the hotel which was great and cleaned regular."…"

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2020

Novotel Manchester Centre
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

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! (997 reviews)
weekend stay

"Great location, friendly staff, room not very clean, hairs in the bathroom and a bit dirty, quite noisy in the morning."…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

ibis Manchester Centre 96 Portland Street (new ibis rooms)

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Manchester Art Gallery
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Manchester Art Gallery

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Old Trafford
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Old Trafford

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Manchester Arena
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Heaton Park
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Heaton Park

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Trafford Centre

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Salford Quays

4.5/5(22 reviews)

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Sightseeing Manchester - hop on, hop-off bus tour

$15
Per adult
SEA LIFE Manchester Aquarium
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SEA LIFE Manchester Aquarium

$23
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Hard Rock Cafe Manchester Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Manchester Dining with Priority Seating

$25
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport (MAN)
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Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport (MAN)

$29
Per adult
Water Taxi Ride: Old Trafford
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Water Taxi Ride: Old Trafford

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Per adult
The Best in Stand-Up Live Comedy in Manchester
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The Best in Stand-Up Live Comedy in Manchester

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4/5Very Good!(7 area reviews)

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Old Trafford