Stroll into this oldest Chinese quarter of the European mainland and imagine yourself in Asia. In Chinatown you will find tokos, restaurants and a large temple.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, the first Chinese came to Amsterdam thanks to sea shipping. Poor farmers fled hunger and poverty to work for British and Dutch shipowners. In addition to them, Chinese traders began to visit Amsterdam. Because of this influx of Chinese people, the current Chinatown was created in Amsterdam (located around the Zeedijk and Geldersekade). Chinatown expanded when, after World War II, the interest in Asian cuisine increased among Dutch people. In the neighbourhood, more and more oriental tokos and restaurants appeared as well as travel agencies and herbal shops. Since 2000, the area has also been home to a temple that can be seen as the centre of Chinatown and plays an important role during Chinese events. The Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple is a Buddhist temple open from Tuesday to Sunday.
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