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Location: Dixon Street, Sussex Street
Walking in Sydney's Chinatown is like wandering through the streets of old China. Chinatown is a fair sized section of the city that is full of life and interesting wares from various shops and stores.
The best way to truly enjoy the pleasures of Chinatown is to sample any of the cuisine on offer. There are many restaurants that offer from anything like 'dim sum' to 'sushi'. Whatever your choice may be, you can expect the best that Chinatown has to offer. The best eating places are located under the various centres. Not only are they cheap but you can get a variety of cuisine such as Cambodian, Thai, Malaysian and Singaporean.
If you walk along Sussex or Dixon Street, you can expect to find some of the city's best bargain when it comes to fresh vegetables and fruits. You can also get good quality seafood and roast meats. It is even possible to buy an authentic Chinese 'cheongsam' and vases from China.
Not far from Chinatown is a great shopping mall known as Market City. The stores are predominately Chinese owned but there are a couple of warehouse shops that attract bargain hunters from all over Sydney. If you go to the top floor of the centre, you can expect to find Kam Lok Restaurant which is the biggest dim sum restaurant in Sydney. Be warn though, if you intend to eat here, it is best to come early and on a weekday as the waiting period can stretch for as long as 2 hours.
TIPS: For the best bargains on clothes and souvenirs, Paddy's Haymarket under Market City is the place to go. (See picture of Paddy's Market) This flea market attracts hundreds of people all over Sydney and is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The people who owned these stalls expect bargains so don't be shy to 'haggle' over the price. You can visit the larger version of the market at Flemmington.
To get to Chinatown, simply take the train to Town Hall and walk in the direction of Darling Harbour. When the city architecture start to turn Oriental, then you know you are heading in the right direction. Driving is usually not recommended because of the lack of parking spaces. You can park along the streets but there is usually a time limit and no parking at certain hours. Parking is available at the University of Technology city campus or at the Entertainment Centre.
It is not recommended that you visit Chinatown late at night if you go alone. Be wary of purse and wallet snatchers as they are professional. Be extra careful if you go in crowded rooms such as a lift.
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