Chinatown Opens In Costa Rica

 Revitalized Chinatown In Costa Rica Capital City

costa-rica-chinatownSan Jose, Costa Rica is finally now home to a re-vamped Chinese district which experienced its official opening recently. If you happened to be in San Jose last week, you may have come across several dragons who took over the streets of San Jose in its official Chinese district.

As an important part of the development of San Jose, Costa Rica, the first Chinese immigrants to Costa Rica can be traced back to the mid-19th century, with the building of the Panama Railway. Large Chinese communities were established in areas as a result, including San Jose, Nicoya and Puntarenas. These communities were supported by the development of Chinese Associations which continue to play an active role to maintain the culture and traditions of the Chinese culture.

Costa Rica Benefits From Chinese Cash Infusion

Costa Rica has been the beneficiary of cash infusions by the Chinese government and the project to revitalize and create a pedestrian only Chinese center area was spearheaded with a $1 million donation by the Chinese government in 2009. The six block pedestrian focused area took three years to complete with additional funds provided by the Municipality of San Jose. The goal of the 6 block center is to attract tourism similar to established Chinese focused regions around the world, as most famously, San Francisco, USA do.

The grand opening of the revitalized China Town or as it is referred to “Barrio Chino”, located on Paseo de los Estudiantes, Calle 9 between Avenidas 2 and 14, included performances by dragons that were traditionally outfitted in red and gold ribbon laced costumes, embracing spectators with their wonderment by dancing through the crowds of onlookers. The festivities included martial arts performances, music and dance.

Now the next goal for the Chinese community in Costa Rica is to ensure that there is great Chinese food across the country. After all, when all else fails, Chinese food is the way to go. Congratulations to the Chinese community of Costa Rica!


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