Chinese district – Exoticism, Traditions and colors
Many important cities in the world own a Chinese district and our beautiful Havana could not be back. In the middle of the Zanja street, on the heart of the capital, is our precious one and very concurred Chinese District.
The beginnings of Chinese immigration towards Cuba already count with more than 150 years.
The first chinese arrived at Havana on June 3rd. 1847, in the Oquendo boat. Altogether, in total they were 206 oblique men of yellow complexion, eyes and with enigmatic watch, who came with the illusion to make money and to return to their land enriched.
But almost none of the made the dream come true. Time passed by, the income were few and in many cases the love touched to its doors, and such call, by regulating, represented marriage, children and a postponement, almost never, from the return to the village.
Certainly because of the taste to be together and between countrymen, the majority of these emigrants settled down in one of the most centric areas of Havana. The District got to be considered more like the greater amount of recognized population and of Latin America.
Nowadays, 400 members conform the original community, with an age average of 80 years old and one nourished descendant.
They still conserve in their language to say very peculiar, to perhaps refuse to accept, totally, an other people’s language. To listen to them is pleasant. And it is not either stranger who settles down an animated Chinese discussion.
This community was grouping itself in Associations of diverse character, brotherly, commercial and professional among others. Still today some of them with more than 100 years of existence. Also a pharmacy, a cinema and other facilities on watch and commerce work, besides the edition of a Newspaper in Chinese language.
Nowadays, to arrive at the Havanan Chinese District can be a unique experience
not only by the possibility of tasting exquisite plates decorated as Asian, but by the direct bonding with a wise and jealous culture of many secrets.
The entrance to the District represents a great inner door of typically Chinese constitution and several streets marked by the same culture can be crossed. There is possible to receive classes of Chinese language, to practice martial arts, to enjoy the good canton theater and to see the traditional Chinese medicine of millenarian experience and proven results.
You already know things, but others still to have to be discovered, I suggest you jump to live new experiences in our Chinese District.