The Zeedijk/Nieuwmarkt area of Amsterdam is known as Chinatown. It is located in one of the oldest parts of the city known as the Red Light district. In recent years, Chinatown Amsterdam has grown precipitously, and now goes past the Nieuwmarkt Square in the center of Amsterdam. Chinatown offers a little bit of everything to visitors. You can find an entire street that is dedicated to selling souvenirs of every description. One of the highlights of this area that all visitors will want to see is the Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple, the first traditional Buddhist temple in Europe.
Chinatown can boast many shops where visitors can find anything from incense to a Chinese dragon mask. Traditional Chinese remedies of all types are available in various apothecaries, and you can also find Japanese, Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian boutiques and restaurants scattered along the busy, colorful streets. There are multi-floor supermarkets in Chinatown that are fascinating to see! There are many thoroughly authentic Chinese restaurants, which visitors can spy because of the ducks hanging in the windows. If your tastes run more towards Japanese, Thai, Malaysian and Indonesian foods, there is a wealth of restaurants that serve delicious, traditional foods.
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