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China TownChinatown - The Buddhist Temple in the heart of Amsterdam’s Chinatown is always worth a visit. The Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple is the largest temple in Europe that has been built in traditional Chinese palace-style. Spend a few minutes of tranquillity in this colourful shrine.

Chinatown was established in 1911 and is therefor the second oldest Chinese district in Europe. It is located in the old city center between the Gelderskade and the Zeedijk. In 2005 various streets in the distric got street signs with the names translated into traditional Chinese on them.

Tip: Every year in the third weekend of August you can enjoy the Hartjesdagen (Heart Days). Men will dress as women and gallivant up and down the Zeedijk. This is a spectacle in itself. On saturday of this weekend you can also enjoy Opera'am, when opera singers will perform out of different windows or out on the street.

 

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