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Thursday, April 23, 2009


Breaking the blogging rulez again! A Buenos Aires neighborhood long post, today Chinatown.
Sunday is the perfect day to tour Chinatown in Buenos Aires. Asiatown actually be the most appropriate way to define these 4 blocks of Belgrano neighborhood Downtown, whose epicenter is Arribeños Street, near the railway station who´s name is Belgrano "C".
Asiatown Why? Because, although dominated by Chinese traders there are also Taiwanese and Japanese (Dashi Restaurant), save the first mistake.
The second mistake, seen in some reviews, is believing that everything is written in Mandarin, something almost impossible because of the complexity of the ideograms and basically because Mandarin is more colloquial, as some traders consulted told me, which I´m guided by corner of their premises with great sympathy and seeks to integrate his universe, and something that many appreciated.
Traits of ancient culture and the feeling of having made a journey across the world but only a few steps from Hostel Colonial. So let´s Come for a walk .......

Within a radius of four blocks, with a focus on the Arribeños Street between 2100 and 2200, can be heard at least five languages, buy exotic fruits, see an acupuncturist to try and multi-ethnic dishes. Asiatown succeeds transportation to other different places of the planet. Some also believe that it should be named like; Eastern District of China, home to Taiwan.
Those who first disembark bring us back in the 80´ years when Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese and Thai add themselves too on the multicultural "Buenos Aires Asian District", and while it is a minimal domain comparing to the Chinatowns of New York or San Francisco, it also doesn`t definitely lacks identity and there's so much to see there that still someone with a curious spirit might take an entire afternoon wondering around or going for quiet walks during the week except Monday which is a rest day, although a Chinese program in essence represents a more populous, and these are Saturdays and Sundays, just behind the railway station. The first view: Gift stores are wearing Mao collar and fans make up a large and colorful repertoire to note some of glamour.

The Chinese markets, are a world within the world, where you can find what they are anywhere else in Buenos Aires. Casa China was a pioneer in imported products from the East with a variety and quality. Its shelves are popular with chefs, celebrities and tourists. What are the most searched Shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, green tea, tofu, sushi rolls, sesame oil, Szechuan pepper, sweet potato noodles and shrimp snack. The largest branch of China House (Casa China) at 2257 Arribeños Street that has a good selection of fresh fish at reasonable prices.

Also discover the litchi, a fruit pulp candy thin red skin and rough, the top floor is dedicated to the oriental dishes, tea sets are of clay, a few specimens of old China and porcelain cast iron teapots as well as Japanese porcelain. Central Asia, in Mendoza Street here you will find an exciting mix of rice and electric woks, and bag of rice (30 kg), which the Orientals loaded to three accounts is $ 150 out ...

Apart from two temples, one Buddhist Kuan Chong and other evangelical Sinheng, which offers courses in Chinese, a couple of herbalists and houses dedicated to the sale of soy products, dominated by beauty salons with a customer 100% East.

You already know, this is the Buenos Aires Chinatown. A few days on Sunday. I think if you stay or live in Buenos Aires is a great program.

1 comment:

Red Light Tommy said...

God post, thanks George. I´m Chinese and living in Argentine from 2003. Your country is my house. ReLiTo.