I visited the world’s oldest China Town recently, Binondo District (Manila Chinatown). Passing by the old Spanish structures with Chinese letters and decor, I thought this is the perfect example of a cultural melting pot; a place with a blend of Western Architecture and Asian Culture, populated by People which some consider as Pacific Islanders- the Filipinos.
Binondo District was established during the Spanish occupation in the Philippines, hundred of years ago to isolate the Chinese from the Spanish Manila. The district today became among the top tourist destination in the city.
Depending on the time of the day, Binondo District from Manila International Airport is an hour and half away by taxi. During rush hour however, the infamous Manila Carmagedon will stretch your travel time to two to three hours… or more. 🙂
The easiest way to get there from the airport is to book a GrabCar or GrabTaxi, fare is around 200 Php. The fastest way on the other hand is to take Angkas, the newest addition to combat Manila Carmagedon, its a Grab/Uber version of Motorcycle taxi.
If you have plenty of time, you may opt for the Metro Rail. From the airport, take the Point-to-Point/Airport Bus going to MRT3/LRT1 Taft Avenue Station. Take the LRT Line 1 North-bound and alight at Carriedo Station.
You may also check other tourist spots in Manila, if you have a plenty of time on your transit flight. Check out Intramuros, Rizal Park, National Museum of Fine Arts, Natural History and Anthropology, these spots are adjacent to Manila China Town.
Discover Binondo the next time you visit Manila…and don’t forget to taste the food, it’s your window to the local culture. Till next time, enjoy your day! 🙂