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Barrio Chino

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Barrio Chino

It may surprise some visitors, but many Latin American cities have a Chinatown, or Barrio Chino, typically dating back to the country's abolition period, when African slave labor was replaced by Chinese workers. Havana’s Chinese-Cuban community has shrunk considerably over the years—many left Cuba after Fidel Castro came to power—but Chinatown is undergoing a revival, with building renovations and an effort to rescue and protect certain traditions, including bilingual street signs. Walk beneath the traditional Chinese gate that marks the entrance to Chinatown and wander along alleys and side streets lined with Chinese restaurants and social clubs.