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Explore Chinatown and Toronto's Ethnic Neighborhoods
Romantic Toronto

'Grand Gates of Qin" display at Chinese Lantern Festival, Ontario Place.

© Vincent Sardone.

Toronto is one of the world's most multi-cultural cities, and the Chinese comprise one of its largest ethnic groups.

The vast Chinatown area, centered at Spadina and Dundas Street West, radiates out and encompasses Vietnamese, Korean, and Thai restaurants and businesses in addition to the many eateries that tempt visitors with Szechuan, Hunan, Mandarin, and Cantonese fare.

Every few years, on the grounds of Ontario Place, Toronto's Chinese heritage is celebrated with the colorful Chinese Lantern Festival, a gorgeous display of colorful lanterns that honor China's past and future.

In addition to the Chinese, Toronto has significant populations from Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, India, Greece, and many other nations. Each has developed its own section within he polyglot city, where that country's fare is available and visitors can hear languages other than English spoken.

Toronto is also one of the world's safest big cities, so visitors who take normal precautions need not be wary about exploring its varied ethnic neighborhoods on their own.

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