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January 12, 2011 09:53 ET

Ring In the Year of the Rabbit at One of's Top Chinatowns

Ten Great Places to Be a Part of the Chinese Community and the New Year's Celebration

TORONTO--(Marketwire - January 12, 2011) - On February 3, the Chinese New Year celebration kicks off with 15 days of food, festivals and fun. For those who want to join the celebration,, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, offers its list of Top 10 Chinatowns. These are all great destinations for ringing in 4708, a lucky rabbit year, without a trip all the way to China.

Here are five global cities that make the Top Chinatowns list:

Toronto -- Downtown Toronto's Chinatown runs along Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue although the Greater Toronto area has half-a-dozen Chinatowns. In years past, this area served as the focal point for the Chinese men who helped to build the Canadian Pacific Railway. It thronged with grocery stores, restaurants and laundries. It throngs today with shops and produce markets and a multitude of eateries (stalls and restaurants) that serve several mouthwatering cuisines such as Hunan, Mandarin and Cantonese. Search and compare cheap flights to Toronto.

Vancouver -- This Chinese enclave in the City of Glass centres on Pender, Main and Keefer streets, having grown from a small community centred around the Canton Alley and Shanghai Alley of the late-19th century to become Canada's largest Chinatown. Trendy restaurants and boutique hotels stand side-by-side grocery shops, bakeries and, in the summer months, a night market. Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden at Carrall Street offers the chance to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few moments. Search and compare cheap flights to Vancouver.

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 flavour of the neighbourhood. The area is also known for its gold dealers, whose shops line the road, and it has long been associated with commerce and prosperity. Search and compare cheap flights to Bangkok.

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. Search and compare cheap flights to San Francisco.

London -- Although it may not be as large or as long-established as others, having only become a centre for the Chinese community during the post-war decades, London's Chinatown is a perfectly formed little firecracker that knows how to see in the year with a bang. Customarily festooned with red lanterns, previous years have seen parades with lion and dragon dances through its streets and onward into the rest of the West End as well as acrobatics, martial arts, dance and opera displays nearby. Search and compare cheap flights to London.

The complete list of Top 10 Chinatowns also includes those in New York, Paris, Honolulu, Mauritius and Melbourne. You can read more about these historic communities at

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