Chinatown is one of London’s most famous tourist attractions. Located in Soho, the area is a short walk from Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus. London’s original Chinatown was located in the East End, but the bombing incurred during The Blitz led to the original Chinatown’s decline and London’s Chinese population, boosted by newly arrived immigrants from Hong Kong, soon began to relocate to Soho. By the 1960s the ‘new’ Chinatown was truly established.
The people of China have a long held belief that they are descendents of the dragon, a tradition that is firmly embedded in their culture and one that is encountered across all aspects of Chinese society and in the minds of its people. Whereas in western cultures the dragon is usually regarded as a symbol of malevolence, in China it is held in high esteem for its dignity and power for good.