The Liverpool Chinatown is located near to the center of the British city, where they the oldest Chinese community in Europe resides.
The first residents arrived here in 1834; they came here primarily for commercial purposes, bringing mainly silk, wool and cotton with them on their vessels. With each passing year more emigrants were coming. After the war, many of them were forced to leave the country, so the current population from China is much lower than at the beginning.
Today, it is an interesting tourist attraction, is a sort of small piece of Asia in Europe.
The streets are decorated with distinctive lanterns, all signs are written in both English and Chinese. There are also Chinese bookstores, supermarkets and many restaurants.
A landmark for the Chinatown is the beautifully decorated arch with gold lettering and hand-carved 200 dragons, symbolizing happiness and friendship between Liverpool and Shanghai. This is the highest arch in Europe.
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