- From Vietnamese Chợ Lớn. (Wiktionary)
“Just five kilometers west of the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, an area known as Cholon, or Chinatown, offers a distinctly different feel from the rest of the city.”
“But in 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin finally stepped out from the lunar module, when millions sat glued to their televisions to witness them plant a flag on the moon, Gavin was in a small bar in Cholon, beside a girl he loved and would never see again once he returned home; they held a crackly radio to their ears, trying to imagine what it looked like.”
“Today, neglected by tourist authorities and undergoing rapid redevelopment, Cholon has lost some of its draw and most visitors give it a miss.”
“The decorative entrance is flanked by hawkers selling incense and birds in bamboo cages set free for good fortune, while the ridged rooftop is adorned with glazed ceramic sculptures depicting Chinese legends, a trademark of Cholon pagodas.”
“For better vistas, take a five-minute taxi ride to Windsor Plaza Hotel 18 An Duong Vuong, Cholon ' s unofficial gateway on its eastern border.”
“With food outlets everywhere, one is spoiled for choice in Cholon.”
“One of Cholon ' s newer eyesores comprises three salmon-pink apartment blocks towering over adjoining Thuan Kieu Plaza 190 Hong Bang.”
“Across in District 6, nowhere epitomizes Cholon ' s vibrant commercialism like Binh Tay Market 57B Thap Muoi.”
“Home to Vietnam ' s largest Chinese community, Cholon is a legacy of the Chinese merchants who settled here.”
“No signpost denotes Cholon ' s borders, but the increasing number of Chinese characters on buildings is the giveaway.”
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