Cottonpolis disappeared, the busy bees remained
We assure him the contrary is true, and Chan eagerly continues. “There are five Chinatowns in this country, often in port cities. In addition to Manchester you can find them in Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle and of course London.” But then, Manchester is not a port city, is it?
Manchester dates back to the Romans. Like all other English cities with the word “chester” in their name
Although the later metropolis was still a village by 1750, the history of Manchester dates back to the Romans. Like all other English cities with the word “chester” in their name: it refers to “castrum”, Latin for fort or military camp. In 79 the fort Mamucium or Mancunium was built here. Today, the area where it once stood is called Castlefield. Part of the fort has been reconstructed, and behind it we find what is now one of Manchester’s most characteristic neighbourhoods.
Narrowboats lie at the quays and in the Wharf Pub you can enjoy a pint of Cheshire Cat or Hair of the Dog
At the end of the day, we return to Chinatown. Chan suggested dinner in The New Emperor restaurant. “Excellent value for money. And by the way, Number One Grandmother and her family often go there, because it is one of the few Chinatown restaurants on the ground floor.” While we are enjoying our dim sum, an elderly lady in a wheelchair enters, accompanied by a Chinese family of at least three generations. We have a chat with them, and the old lady appears to have no objection to a photoshoot. While she looks fearlessly into the lens, we decide: whether she is called Morning Glory, Spring Peach, Dewy Jasmine or Black Jade, for us she is Number One Grandmother.
National Football Museum: with United and City, Manchester houses two of the most famous football clubs in the world; you want to know more about that
Manchester Art Gallery: with paintings by the Pre-Raphaelites, Stubbs, Constable, and Turner and sculptures by Rodin and Henry Moore
People’s History Museum: about the history of British democracy and its influence on the population; the Suffragettes are also covered
Heaton Park: one of the largest city parks in Europe, boasting an 18-hole golf course
Traditional tearoom with great sandwiches, cakes and brownies.
Diner: The New Emperor, 52-56 George Street.
Fine Chinese cuisine in a no-nonsense atmosphere. Great Chinese clientele.