- Australia, and Sydney in particular, has welcomed many Chinese immigrants over the centuries. The first great influx occurred during the gold rush in the mid 19th century. Subsequent generations have only added to the multicultural melting pot that defines the city. In the 2006 census, more than 7% of Sydney's 4 million people identified themselves as having Chinese ancestry.
Today, the enclave at the southern end of the city between Haymarket and Darling Harbor, and linked by the pedestrian thoroughfare of Dixon Street, represents one of the largest concentrations of Asian culture, cuisine and shopping outside China. Whether it's Sichuan, Xinjiang, Yunnan or Heilongjiang food you hanker for, Chinatown has got your appetite covered.
Go shopping at Paddy's Markets for all sorts of food or fabric bargains; World Square has many speciality, jewellery and brand stores, along with scores of restaurants. There are theater, cinema and entertainment centers too. Just north of Dixon Street in Darling Harbor, you can also experience the exquisite beauty and tranquility of the Chinese Gardens.
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