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Nestled in the heart of Santo Domingo lies a vibrant cultural gem - the Barrio Chino, or Chinatown. Over the years, this bustling neighborhood has emerged as an enduring testament to Chinese culture in one of the Caribbean's largest Chinese colonies. 

As it moves beyond its 15th anniversary, this captivating cultural enclave continues to flourish, representing a bridge of understanding between the Chinese and Dominican communities.From its establishment in 2008 around Duarte Avenue, the heart of this community, Chinatown has expanded and thrived. 

The neighborhood's entrance, marked by two ornately designed Chinese arches, leads visitors into a harmonious blend of East and West.Within el Barrio Chino, an array of businesses, parks, fountains, and statues offer an immersive cultural journey. 

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The statues, scattered throughout the neighborhood, represent real and legendary figures from Chinese culture, each accompanied by a plaque that unveils their story.

The neighborhood hosts several institutions, including the Chinese Language School, the Museum of Chinese Culture, and the Chinese Clinic, which specializes in traditional Chinese medicine. 

These institutions are crucial to preserving Chinese culture, enhancing language learning, and promoting traditional Chinese medical practices.

Restaurants in Chinatown offer a delightful fusion of Chinese and Dominican cuisines, while local supermarkets stock a range of products unique to China. 

These features offer residents and tourists alike an opportunity to immerse themselves in Chinese culture.The driving force behind this thriving community is Rosa Ng Baez, a Dominican woman of Chinese heritage. 

She founded Barrio Chino to honor her father's memory and the many Chinese immigrants who laid the groundwork for this community.Chinese businesses, such as Changan Auto and Gac Motor, have significantly contributed to the prosperity of Chinatown and Santo Domingo at large, reflecting the promising economic relationship between these two nations.

The continued investment and active engagement of Chinese companies in Chinatown underscore their commitment to sustaining the neighborhood's vitality. 

Their contributions ensure that Chinatown remains a thriving part of Santo Domingo's urban landscape and a beacon of Chinese culture in the Caribbean.Through their efforts, the rich legacy of Chinese immigrants continues to prosper, enriching the social and economic fabric of the Dominican Republic.

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Source: CGTN

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