So, the other weekend, Martin needed to head over to Manchester Chinatown for some photos for his university project, so I decided to come with him. I won't lie, I am so excited by chinatowns: the smell of roast meats and fried noodles and bakeries full of treats. We explored a little of the rest of the city centre, but most of our time was spent in the 'square' trying to get just the right snaps. I thought I may as well take some snaps too, and I had to share them because it is just the prettiest chinatown ever.
The Manchester Chinatown is actually pretty small, not so much a 'town' as a square with a car park surrounded by various shops, supermarkets and restaurants. However, it's actually the second biggest chinatown in the UK, just behind London. It's super pretty though - all the buildings are old and grand and I love the juxtaposition of the old, traditional buildings and the modern signs and lights that have been put up on them.
They have a huge gate which is stunning. I love a good gate, as anyone who has read my japan series will tell you. The difference between Japanese and Chinese is pretty striking, though. We also absolutely had to head back when it was dark, to get some pictures of the pretty lights and lanterns, and the neon signs lit up.
We grabbed lunch after much indecision, and a bag of goodies from Ho's Bakery to take home with us.