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Binondo (Chinatown)


Binondo is the world's oldest 'Chinatown', and remains one of its largest, most authentic and culturally intriguing. The Spanish established it at the end of the 16th century, when they gave tax-free land outside Manila to Catholic Chinese immigrants, along with self-governing privileges. The immigrants were mostly from China's Fujian Province, and soon established a bustling community. Today, Binondo is among Manila's most vibrant areas, where visitors can shop for a range of goods, and sample exotic cuisine. Foodies should definitely stop at the enclave's converted movie theatres, which now house fine, traditional Chinese restaurants. On a cautionary note, visitors should watch out for bag snatchers and pick pockets as they explore the crowded district.