Manchester Chinatown lies in
the very heart of the city, focused around Faulkner Street
in between the Town Hall and The
Gay Village. The third biggest Chinatown in Europe (behind
Paris and London),
the area boasts many independent restaurants,
Oriental supermarkets, Chinese medicine
shops and casinos.
It wasn't until the 1940s that the Chinese started to arrive
in Manchester, with the first Chinese
restaurant in Manchester being the Ping Hong on Mosley Street, opening in 1948.
By 1960 sixteen more Chinese
open in Manchester and the boom continued well into the '70s.
In 1962 the Willow Garden opened with a capacity of 600,
followed later by Kwok Man (1972), Charlie Chan's (1973),
the Woo Sang (1976) and probably the most famous Chinese
restaurant in Europe, the Yang Sing (1978). It was
at this time that Manchester Chinatown really started to
grow and in 1987, the famous Chinese arch was erected, which
remains a tourist attraction to this day..