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Chinatown, London

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London's Chinatown is in Soho. Originally Chinatown was in the East End of London but moved West due to the prosperity of the Chinese and the popularity of Chinese food and culture.

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Chinatown is highly decorated for special occasions, here for Chinese New Year 2004.

The previous Chinatown in the Limehouse region of London was known more for its opium dens (which were legal) and its slum housing, which is normally associated with immigrants in a town or city, not the Chinese restaurants and supermarkets in the current Chinatown. A number of elderly Chinese still live in this area.

Japanese, Singaporeans, and Koreans, as well as Chinese live in today's Chinatown.

There are many illegal workers in London's Chinatown who get less than minimum wage. Also it is known that the Triads are operating there, highlighted by a man being shot dead in broad daylight in June 2003 in the "brb bar" on Gerrard Street.

See also

  • Chinatown - for more information about how and why chinatowns developed

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