Yokohama Chinatown takes its origin from Yokohama sea port opening when it was first developed as a settlement of foreign merchants. In 1868 approximately one thousand Chinese immigrants arrived here and formed settlements that have later developed to this one of the largest in the world Chinatown, with its more than five hundred restaurants. The charm of Chinatown is getting even bigger nowadays, with its Kuan Ti Miao Temple, dedicated to General Guan Yu, its Goodwill gate, built to symbolize good relations between neighboring countries and neighboring houses, and Ma Zhu Miao Temple of the Chinese sea goddess Mazu, opened in 2006.
Nogeyama Zoo is positioned as a “zoological garden that can be easily visited by anyone, for relax or for healing and where small kids can obtain their first experience of interacting with animals” and has been serving as a gate for a deeper understanding of animal world.
Yamashita Park, opened in 1930, is the most famous place in Yokohama. The park was constructed after Great Kanto Earthquake, when in four years the rubble was landfilled and then covered with good layer of soil, and has become a symbol of rebirth, too. The ocean liner Hikawa Maru, symbol of Yokohama bay, is permanently berthed here as a museum ship and is representing the whole Port of Yokohama.
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