Home to Europe's oldest Chinese community
Exploring Liverpool's Quarters: Chinatown
Liverpool has a large multicultural population of which a high percentage are Chinese. Liverpool Chinatown was the first to be established in Europe. In the late 1860s many Chinese migrants first arrived in Liverpool as a result of employment of Chinese seamen by the Blue Funnel Shipping Line, creating strong links between the cities, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Liverpool.
Chinatown is easily recognised by the beautifully crafted Chinese Arch that adorns the entry. The arch was imported piece by piece from Shanghai, a city which Liverpool is twinned with.
The ceremonial arch stands at 13.5 metres tall and is the largest in Europe, in fact it is the tallest standing arch in any Chinatown outside of mainland China.
Around Liverpool’s Chinatown area, you’ll find a tasty selection of Chinese and pan-Asian restaurants and Chinese supermarkets. Explore Berry Street for a diverse mix of cuisine and beyond that, Bold Street.
Every February thousands of revellers descend on Liverpool’s Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year in style.
Nearest Merseyrail station: Liverpool Central.