Five Best Kept Secrets of Sydney’s Chinatown

Strolling in Sydney’s Chinatown can be an intriguing experience no matter for tourists or people live in Sydney. Put traditional Chinese architectures which may stimulate foreigners’ curiosity aside, Chinese cuisine and specialty gift stores should be the common interests that bring people to this rewarding place.

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A glance at Chinatown

Historically, the large-scale migration leads to the increasingly development of Chinatowns in Australia. Nowadays, ‘the rapid pace of globalization in the past few decades has brought significant changes over Chinatown, and it has become a ‘gateway’ for intensified transnational flows of people, investments, goods and services between Australia and Asia’ (Ang, 2012). Sydney’s Chinatown was initially located in the Rocks in the late 19th century. It did not establish its current location until the 1920s, namely Dixon Street, close to Central Station and Darling Harbour, which is Australia’s largest Chinatown. There are two apparent traditional Chinese ‘Paifang’ at each end of the narrow pedestrian street, which separate this traditional street with metropolitan bustling streets. As a heritage that mixed diverse ethnic groups and past and contemporary Chinese cultures, there is a lot to enjoy. And besides, Chinese food like steamed meat filled buns, pan fried pork buns, fried dumplings and Sichuan hotpot are quite welcome.

Aim and interviews

In this feature article, I am going to shed light on what these ‘five secrets’ are by identifying Emperor’s Garden Restaurant, Emperor’s Cream Puffs, Meet Fresh, New Chilli House and the night market, what make them mysterious and attractive and how they help to make Chinatown an attractive place to go.

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Initially, I intend to interview the owners of the above restaurants and stores, focus on the following questions

  • the brief history of the restaurants and list some special dishes
  • the receptions of these food, which respectively attracts Chinese and Aussie most
  • in their perspective, what makes them popular
  • whether they attempt to make some adjusting that the flavor more cater to Aussie’s taste
  • What is the difference between them operate the catering industry in China and in Sydney

In terms of consumers and visitors, I will ask questions as follow

  • what food do you like best and why
  • what do you think that can represent Chinese cuisine
  • what factors do you think that stimulate you to go there

In terms of the night market in Sydney’s Chinatown, questions can be asked like, do Sydney has such markets? And what is the difference?  I will also ask the store owners which attract people most.

I will connect answers of above questions with official websites that introducing Sydney Chinatown to conclude the features and representatives of Chinatown, and the deep reasons that make it welcome.

Suggested online publications and user group

As this feature article provides information on food, entertainment, lifestyle and way for understanding Chinatown, which focuses on something relaxing and entertaining, therefore, I would suggest it can be published to  the ‘Lifestyle’ column of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. Besides, should also be a good choice, as it particularly focuses on food and entertainment. Such feature articles may appeal to people who are interested in Chinese cuisine and would like to know more about Chinatown. Also, it may raise considerations on transcultural phenomenon.


(Yan Xu, SID: 460132848, Word count:523)



One thought on “Five Best Kept Secrets of Sydney’s Chinatown

  1. Dear Emily, I like the content of your story coz I like to visit different Chinatowns in different countries. And I am enthusiastic about the unique features and interesting stores in different Chinatowns worldwide. In addition, I am a food aficionado.

    The structure of your proposal is clear. In A Glance of Chinatown section, you briefly introduced the history of Chinatown in Sydney, which depicts a vivid picture for readers. Then in the Aim and Interviews section, you have listed your aim that you are “going to shed light on… an attractive place to go.” In my opinion, in order to express your aim clearly, you could write like “you are going to identity the features of theses five unique stores and dig out the reason why these stores are mysterious and attractive and how they would contribute to making Chinatown an attractive place to go.” I have noticed that you intend to interview the owners of the stores as well as some visitors, which is good. You could gain some valuable and first-hand information from them. And the questions you listed are coherent and newsworthy.

    In terms of online delivery, the using of hyperlinks and tags are helpful. And I like the vivid pictures you choose, which would attract readers attention and tempt them to visit Chinatown one day to experience these “mysteries” in person.

    It is a good proposal on the whole. I look forward to your feature article and I would repost your feature article to some foreign friends who love Chinese culture when you finish it.


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