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The 9 Best Chinatowns Around The World (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 02/09/11 08:33 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:30 PM ET

Chinese New Year was celebrated across the globe late last week, as the Year of the Rabbit dawned.

As the celebrations will continue for days to come, why not head to a nearby (or far away) Chinatown and enjoy some scrumptious delicacies.

Our friends at Lonely Planet put together a list of their favorite Chinatowns around the world. What missed the cut? Check it out below and let us know.

San Francisco
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'May you live in interesting times' goes the legendary Chinese curse, and the 41 alleys packed into 22 square blocks of San Francisco's Chinatown have lived through 150 very interesting years. In these narrow streets, San Francisco grew up too fast, surviving booms, bootleggers, bigotry and trials by fire to reach a wise old age. These days, in the evenings you'll hear the shuffling of mahjong tiles in Spofford Alley, where Sun Yat-sen plotted the overthrow of China's last dynasty. Society swells once sauntered down Nob Hill to smoke opium and gamble on Ross Alley, while sailors stumbled up from the port to Commercial St brothels for 25-cent recreation. Today fortunes are still made on Ross Alley at the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company, while Commercial's main enticements are happy hour at EZ5 and the city's best dim sum at City View. For the full experience, book a walking tour with Chinatown Alleyway Tours.
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