Chinese Neighborhood Interesting Places, Havana . Cuba
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- Calle Zanja y Belascoain. Havana City. Cuba
- Destination: Havana
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It was born in Havana City by the middle of 1800. Recently restored and rejuvenated, it has come alive and now visitors may see typical streets, houses, decorations, shops, and of course, today Chinese descendants from yesterday Chinese.
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Chinese Neighborhood is located in Havana
Capital of Cuba and the country's administrative, political, cultural and scientific center, it is also the capital of two provinces: City of Havana and Havana. Though only around 280 square miles (727 square kilometers) in size-0.65 percent of the archipelago's total area.
The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.
The Cuban capital consists of an immense number of buildings in a wide range of architectural styles, built in the course of nearly five centuries. These styles range from the pre-baroque to the baroque, neo-Gothic, neoclassical, eclectic, art noveau and art-deco, to the modern.
Alejo Carpentier, one of Cuba's most famous authors, called it "the city of columns" and focused attention on its streets, which he considered a perennially rich show of life, humanity and contrasts that was bound to entertain any observer.
Over 14 kilometers of excellent beaches lie to the east of the Cuban capital. To the south, a green belt contributes to a healthful atmosphere.
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Havana has an active Chinese community with a good number of restaurants specialized in traditional Chinese cuisine. These private, family-owned establishments are excellent in both quality and price, offering quick service to their customers. Patrons can enjoy a full meal, apart from some of the more exotic choices on the menu, including a bowl of soup, fried rice, the main course and a beverage for an average of CUC 4.
Another point of interest is the Barrio Chino (China Town) with numerous restaurants offering chinese food at very affordable prices. This area is a reminder of long years of trade with the far east. Not far from here is one of the largest fragments of Hotels´s wall of defensive whose construction started in 1674 and finished in 1740. It was pulled down in 1863 to allow for expansion of the city. Lastly, we recommend visits to the miniature model of Old Hotels just off the Plaza de Armas and to the book stores and art galleries, and then, of course, a walk along Obispo Street to the Floridita Restaurant where you can enjoy a Daiquirí before strolling along the wide expanse of the Prado Boulevard down to the Malecón seafront avenue to watch a glorious sunset.
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