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January 11, 2011 09:50 ET

Cheapflights.com Kicks Off Chinese New Year Celebrations With List of Top 10 Chinatowns

Usher in the Lucky Year of the Rabbit in One of These Great Chinese Communities

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 11, 2011) - Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, invites you to party like its 4708. On February 3, the 15 day celebration of the Chinese New Year festivities starts. Cheapflights.com has compiled its list of Top 10 Chinatowns for those looking to mark the entrance to 4708, a year of the rabbit, with enough flair and festivities to rival celebrations in China itself.

Below are five global cities to make the Cheapflights.com Top Chinatowns list.

Honolulu -- Honolulu's Chinatown is one of the oldest in the USA; its beginnings can be traced back to two ships that docked here in the 1780s. Today, Chinatown is one of the must sees on the island of Oahu -- great restaurants and food stalls, markets groaning with fresh, local produce and lots and lots of local color. The historic area with well-restored buildings transports visitors back to the bustling late-19th century. See the scene for yourself with cheap flights to Honolulu.

Bangkok -- Taking in Yaowarat Road and its surrounding area in the Samphanthawong district, the Thai capital's Chinatown is one of the oldest parts of the city and contains a labyrinth of street stalls offering all manner of trinkets, tasty treats, clothes, toys, domestic products and antiques. Sunday market days are particularly bustling and so a good time to get the full flavor of the neighborhood. The area is also known for its gold dealers, whose shops line the road, and it has long been associated with commerce and prosperity. Get in on the action with cheap flights to Bangkok.

New York -- Manhattan's Chinatown, found on the Lower East Side, has been a major center of the city's Chinese community for more than a century, with records of new arrivals setting up shop as early as the mid-19th century. In fact, the neighborhood is known as one of the oldest ethnic Chinese enclaves outside the continent of Asia and such is its significance that the area encompassing it and bordering Little Italy has been designated a historic district on the USA's National Register of Historic Places. Be a part of the celebration with cheap flights to New York.

Paris -- Located in the southern part of the city center's 13th arrondissement, the Quartier Chinois (Chinese Quarter) is known as Europe's largest Chinatown. Furthermore, the City of Light also has another, smaller and more recently established Chinatown in the Belleville area to the north, as well as others dotted around the city, so visitors are spoiled for choice. See which of the city's Chinatowns you favor with cheap flights to Paris.

San Francisco -- Claimed to be the largest of its kind outside Asia and the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is perhaps the most famous in the United States. The city was the main entry-point for Chinese who had crossed the Pacific to the USA during the mid-19th century. Between the more tourist-oriented Grant Avenue -- where the signature red gate may be found -- and the ostensibly more authentic Stockton Street, this historic area is a local treasure, attracting more visitors per year than the Golden Gate Bridge. To join the festivities, search and compare cheap flights to San Francisco.

Other Chinatowns to make the list include those in London, Vancouver, Melbourne, Toronto and Mauritius. To learn more about these destinations, you can read the complete list of Cheapflights.com's Top 10 Chinatowns at http://news.cheapflights.com/2011/01/top-10-chinatowns/.

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