Sunday, August 16, 2020

Chinatown

Most large western cities have a Chinatown area. In Sydney it is Hay Street which is closed to traffic at night at least. I am not sure about daytime.

Our Chinatown is Little Bourke Street but as it provides access to a couple of commercial carparks, it cannot be closed to traffic. Whatever the speed limit is, you would not dare travel over 20 km/h. It is, well was, very busy with pedestrians and the kind of street where you can walk out onto the road without checking for traffic. Pedestrians rule, not motorists.

I dream of a return of the bustling Chinatown, but I am not holding my breath. Here are a few photos that I managed to take that refrain from having people in shot in such a busy street. It is my skill/talent.







31 comments:

  1. We used to love going out for Chinese food. It's a wee bit away, but we enjoyed it. Every place is closed now. I wonder when (and if) they will reopen.

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    1. Maribeth, yes I remember you saying how much you liked one particular place. I didn't realise places were closed in your state.

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  2. Avoiding photographing people (particularly in crowded areas is most definitely a talent.
    Even my much smaller city has a 'sort of' Chinatown though it is an out of the way area that even before the pandemic we rarely visited.
    Thank you for these photos of yours.

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    1. EC, where is that? Kingston?

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    2. Not in Kingston - where it would get much more traffic, but on the other side of town in Dickson.

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  3. I love Chinatown in London

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    1. Gosia, we haven't seen London's Chinatown.

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  4. Brisbane's "Chinatown" is in Fortitude Valley. I don't even have a China cabinet!

    Have yourself a good week, Andrew...a safe week. :)

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    1. Ah, Lee, Fortitude Valley where all the interesting things happen. Even from afar, I know of it.

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    1. Cheryl, I agree. Such good places can be spoilt so easily in the name of the might dollar.

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  6. I went on an architectural history tour of Little Bourke St a few years ago and thought the buildings were wonderful.

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    1. Hels, I wish you had invited me along.

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  7. Every large town/city should have a 'China Town'; it adds so much. In Brighton we also had a wonderful huge Asian foods store where we could buy almost anything, and if they didn't have it, they'd order it for the next day. How I miss that shop.

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    1. Sounds great Cro. I expect Brighton would have at least a small Chinatown.

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  8. Cleveland has a Chinatown somewhere downtown, but I don't think I've ever been there unless I've driven through the neighborhood without really paying attention. Next time I'll have to stop my car.

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    1. Kirk, I am sure there would be one in a city that size.

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  9. The entrance to our Chinatown has the stone lions also, I think they must be at all Chinatowns. Our Main Chinatown street is Gouger Street and Chinatown is right next to our Central Market which runs from Gouger Street through to Grote Street. The street within Chinatown going through from Grote to Gouger is Moonta Street, very colourful when it is open, not so much now. I haven't been there in a while.

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    1. Ah yes River, I remember it now when we last visited and went to the market.

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  10. I've heard Chinatowns are ok.
    We always want to go somewhere when we can't.
    Take care.

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    1. Margaret, so many places we can't go. I remember how nice that restaurant is we visited and where you visit for you your birthday bashes.

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  11. China town in Washington DC, has largely disappeared, there are maybe two shops and a couple of restaurants left, the rest has been filled with big name stores and restaurants, a fun area, but not the same. San Francisco ahhhhh!

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    1. Travel, that is sad to learn and surprising. I bet there is a huge China Town in San Fran.

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  12. We have a Chinatown here in London, in Soho just off Leicester Square. Still pretty authentic, I believe -- at least it seems that way.

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    1. Steve, just where I would expect it to be, a lively part of town.

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  13. We have a Chinatown here in Honolulu. I never go there because of the homeless and derelicts.

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    1. Gigi, that's unfortunate. I wonder what attracts them there.

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  14. I went to Seattle a couple times when young and there is a bustling China district there. I loved it. I loved the bustle and the vendors and the shops. When I went to college, ever so briefly, in the Napa Valley, my boyfriend and I would go into the city sometimes (SF) and often to Chinatown. I adored SF China district. I'd love to visit again.

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    1. Strayer, I think I remember seeing it in the tv show Streets of San Francisco.

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  15. We have at least 3 Chinatowns in Toronto itself.
    The main/first one is on Spadina and is thriving through this pandemic.

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    1. Jackie, while we have some Asian areas, there is only one Chinatown here.

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