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Chinatown has not been at the present location long time. The history of the Soho quarter goes back to the 17th century when the first houses and streets were being rebuilt after a large fire. The decisive moment of the creation of Chinatown was the acquisition of Hong Kong by Britain in the 19th century. The first Chinese people began arriving to London then. They originally settled in the eastern part of London. But during the bombardment of London in the course of the Second World War the original Chinese quarter was almost totally destroyed so the whole community moved to the new western quarter of Soho. The Chinatown of today is not only the home of thousands of Chinese inhabitants but also makes an amazing tourist destination.
Already upon entering Chinatown you will have the impression of being far away from London. The big gateway in the Chinese style, Chinese signs and specialized Chinese community shops will make you think again that you must have travelled miles away from England. Visiting one of the Chinese restaurants is a must and you will definitely not regret it. Although you will get chopsticks as eating utensils, don´t worry, the restaurant owners will offer you a knife and fork if you prefer not following the Chinese way of eating.
You can plan a visit of the Chinese quarter anytime. If you want to experience a truly Chinese atmosphere, visit London at the turn of January and February. It is Chinese New Year time and extensive celebrations take place from Chinatown all the way to Trafalgar Square . The official sources state that up to 300,000 people participate in the celebrations regularly. It is the greatest celebration of the Chinese New Year in the world outside of the Asian countries.