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ChinaTown 伦敦唐人街 Oct 2016

Soho's Chinatown & Leicester Square Garden on 6th October 2016

伦敦唐人街和莱斯特广场 2016年10月6日

A Chinese needs a China Town, this is London's China Town. All photographs snapped by William on 6th October 2016, copyright, default processing using DxO Optics Pro with lens correction (no Photoshop, no lens filter), camera used was Olympus E-PL1 with Panasonic pancake 20mm f1.7 lens. The data amount of a photography is about 350 kB to 800 kB, viewing all the photos here takes about 100 mBytes of data.

每张照片使用 350 kB to 800 kBytes 的数据流量, 使用WiFi效果最佳。

2016 saw many changes in restaurant names (ownership?) in Chinatown, refer to this special report.


Additional information to assist in the enjoyment of the above gallery

Map of the area as in circle middle 2016 - credits to Google

Map of shops in China Town, circa end 2015 to early 2016

The development strategy document that was published in 2008 leading to start of implementation in 2010 - credits to The Princes's Foundation

London Chinatown web site


Wardour Street Gate Comes to Chinatown

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - following text credits to London Chinatown team

Wardour Street in Chinatown London has become the official home of a new Chinese gate. The gate is the largest of its kind in the UK and has been under construction for several months.

It will join three other gates currently in the area, which were built and completed in 1986 and many sections of the new structure have been traditionally designed and worked on in China by professional architects and artisans.

One of the driving forces behind the creation of this iconic structure has been the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA) with the aim of building a new piece to reflect the growth and impact of the Chinatown area which has been home to a large Chinese and East Asian community since the 1950’s. These structures are traditionally reserved for royal palaces in China and are created with meticulous care – with the wood for the gate (oak and red pine) having been sourced from one single mountainous area in Beijing.

The style is traditional with three tiers and two pillars and is from a unique Ching Dynasty design, built according to the standard of royal buildings where the requirement dictates that there are glazed yellow tiles, a golden dragon and painted panels. The two plaques on either side of the gate have been made of white jade from the Fangshan district, south of Beijing and the decorative panels are embellished with 999 gold foil (the highest quality gold leaf available). One of the Chinese texts at the top of the gate translates to read: ‘Peace and Prosperity to Chinatown’ and under each tier of the gate sits meaningful paintings, which underline key historical symbols and the deep desire for prosperity, peace and safety.