Tags: chinese, ethnic, chinese herbs, souvenirs, exotic food
Sydney's Chinatown is a colourful mixture of asian culture, shopping and cuisine. The area's distinctly oriental architecture, street lanterns and archways confirm it as a showpiece for Australian Chinese culture.
In more recent years Chinatown has extended from the bounds of Dixon, Hay and Sussex Streets to encompass a much larger area bounded by George Street in the east and Darling Harbour in the west.
There is a 'pedestrian only' mall along the section of Dixon Street bounded by two Paifangs, one at the Goulburn Street end in the north and one at Hay Street in the south. The paved mall is considered the heart of Chinatown and leads through the centre of the older, more established section. The distinctly Chinese style of buildings that line Dixon Street mall are home to many of the district's excellent restaurants. This area is popular with tourists and is home to an eclectic mix of asian grocery stores where you can buy Chinese medicinal herbs, clothing, homewares and exotic foods.