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London , England
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Tube: Leicester Sq
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Immediately north of Leicester Sq – but a world away in atmosphere – are Lisle and Gerrard streets, a focal point for London’s growing Chinese community. Although not as big as Chinatowns in many other cities – it’s just two streets really – this is a lively quarter with oriental gates, Chinese street signs, red lanterns, restaurants, great Asian supermarkets and shops. The quality of food varies enormously, but there's a good choice of places for dim sum and other cuisine from across China.

To see it at its effervescent best, time your visit for Chinese New Year in late January/early February. Twenty years ago you would only hear Cantonese but these days you'll hear Mandarin and other dialects, from places as far afield as Fújiàn, Sìchuān and Shànghǎi. London’s original Chinatown was further east at Limehouse but moved here after heavy bombardments in WWII.