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Welcome to Liverpool Chinatown and its Chinese Community
Liverpool has a large colourful multi-cultural population, a high percentage of which is Chinese. Liverpool Chinatown is the first chinatown established in Europe. The city has many reputable Chinese restaurants, Chinese takeaways, a huge selection of Chinese groceries from many Chinese supermarkets. Today, there are around 10,000 Chinese residents living in Liverpool and its surrounding areas. This includes the ever increasing overseas Chinese students from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other parts of Southeast Asia.

Chinese immigrants around the world have always lived in close-knit communities, and the Liverpool Chinese population is no exception. This enables the community to be self-sufficient, whilst maintaining our traditional values, and cultural identity.
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This website is designed to meet the changing needs of the Chinese community in Liverpool, which is diverse and constantly evolving. By providing a unique source of up to date information in both English and Chinese, we aim to help you find what you’re looking for quickly - whether it’s details of local businesses such as restaurants, supermarkets, cash & carry, take-away, legal services, accounting services, healthcare providers, local community events or other services. We hope you enjoy our site.

Click on map icon below for Chinatown location.


PhD researcher seeks your help

Hello, thank you for taking the time to read this, I’m a first year PhD student and I need your help. My research is in film and my topic is focused on the oldest and first Chinatown in Europe, Liverpool. I’m seeking willing candidates to be interviewed. Ideally first-generation Chinese would be the key demographic, but all are more than welcome.

What I’m looking for are stories about Chinatown: - experiences, feelings, emotions about the area, positive or negative. My PhD is by creative practice so along with the interviews I will be constructing a six-part television drama that will accompany my research. Entitled Cleveland Square, it will be the culmination of my research, think Peaky Blinders crossed with Call the midwife and that will give you some idea as to what I’m aiming for. A collaboration of fiction and fact.

All interview candidates will be offered anonymity if so require. Candidates will also be renumerated for their co-operation and time. I hope you can help and thank you in advance.

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We are currently recruiting Special Constables - Special Constables are volunteer Police Officers, who come from all walks of life. They work alongside our regular officers in the local neighbourhood policing teams and play a vital role in supporting the work of the police and the community.

After initial training, Special Constables will wear the same uniform and hold the same powers as our regular officers. Joining the Specials can give you the chance to make a real difference to your community, and enhance your skills. However, this is a demanding role and we ask that you give up 16 hours of your spare time each month.

To apply for this role please click on the link below.

Special Constable Job Description

Special Constable Application Process


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  The Ceremonial Arch
chinese arch

The entrance of Liverpool’s Chinatown is landmarked by a beautifully crafted traditional Chinese arch. It is to commemorate the twinning of the two cities - Shanghai and Liverpool. The structure was imported piece by piece from Shanghai, and then reconstructed by craftsmen from China. There are 200 dragons on the wooden and marble structure with a mixture of stunning gold, red, green and the Chinese Royal colour of yellow. The archway stands at 15m high, which makes it the largest Chinese Arch outside China.

  History of Liverpool Chinatown

Many Chinese immigrants first arrived in Liverpool in the late 1860’s as a result of employment of many Chinese seamen by Alfred Holt and Company establishing the Blue Funnel Shipping Line. This created strong trade links between the cities of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Liverpool, mainly importing silk, cotton and tea. To accommodate their workers in Liverpool, the shipping company opened boarding houses close to the docks where the men could take shore leave, staying with people spoke in their own language. Read more......

  Community Organisations

Since the formation of the Chinese community in the late 1860's, the Chinese settlers have organised themselves so they could look after each other. There are many formally set up organisations. See listing......

  Healthcare & Welfare

UK Government provides high quality healthcare and welfare facilities for its residents. See our list for contacts and information. There are also voluntary services available for a variety of needs. See list......
  Latest News

  Restaurants Guide

Cooking and food are certainly important parts of the Chinese life. To a Chinese cook it’s the texture, colour, flavour and aroma of a dish that make it just right; it should appeal to all the senses rather than just taste, and above all, it should be fresh. The Chinese restaurants in Liverpool provide all of that in comfortable surroundings. See listing......

  Takeaways Guide

Feel like a delicious Chinese meal in the comfort of your own home? Why not get down to your local take-away or have it delivered to your front door. See listing......

  Catering Suppliers

If you are in the catering trade, and looking for suppliers where you can source high quality fresh food, or need equipment for your business. Please check out these links:- fruits & vegetables, meat & poultry, supermarkets, kitchen equipment.

  Business Services

Setting up a business, maintaining it or looking to expand? You may need professional support to help you with the tasks. You can find a list of firms and agencies who can help you to do it efficiently, lawfully, and smoothly:- Business services, business advisors.


Chinatown location : Nelson Street, Liverpool L1 5DN & its surrounding area

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