The largest Chinatown in all of Australia, Sydney's Chinatown offers a wide selection of ethnic shopping and dining choices and is very easy to access by public transport. It is a great place for taking photos, and discovering some great bargains.
Many years ago, Sydney's Chinese centre was located in Darling Harbour and prior to that, the The Rocks. Around 1920 it began to establish itself in its current location of Haymarket at the southern end of the Central Business District. You will enjoy strolling down the pedestrian only Dixon Street, which forms the heart of Chinatown. Each end of the street welcomes you with an ornate Chinese gateway called a Paifang. You will find a variety of authentic Chinese restaurants along with numerous shops selling everything from produce to Chinese herbal remedies, housewares, clothing and more.
Be sure to see the Golden Water Mouth, a sculpture made from a dead tree trunk located at the corner of George and Hay Street. Chinese tradition believes it brings good fortune to the community. Also worth a visit is the Chinese Friendship Gardens on Harbour Street.
An extra special time for visiting Chinatown is during the three week Chinese New Year in January and/or February when you will see all kinds of celebrations and parades; in fact Sydney has some of the best Chinese New Year festivities outside of Asia.
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Category: Local Flavor
Sydney New South Wales 2000
Nicola H. Feb-13-2016
Chinatown was a must see for me when in Sydney it was just a shame my companion did not feel the same. I wanted to wander all around the place and try one... Read More
Nicole E. Jan-30-2020
I don't know if it's an Asian thing but I feel like I have to go to every Chinatown anywhere I go, even though I am Korean and sadly there are very few... Read More
Mic W. Jan-26-2020
I love Chinatown....but even more so when there are festivals and street parties happening with cultural entertainment and loads of smiling faces. It's my... Read More
Accommodations near Chinatown Sydney:
|Train Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Light Rail L2||Chinatown||4 minutes|
|Light Rail L1||Capitol Square||2 minutes|
How to get to Chinatown Sydney by Train
By Light Rail L1: From Capitol Square Station, proceed west on Hay Street, cross George Street and continue to the South Gate on Dixon Street.
By Light Rail L2: From Chinatown Station on L2, walk south on George Street, go left on Hay Street, continue to the South Gate on Dixon
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