The Newcastle China Town website will serve as a central site to provide periodic information, promotion, tourist information and articles relating to Newcastle China Town on local businesses, Chinese Culture and lifestyles.
The idea of the community website was first conceived in the summer of 1999, the time it takes for research and talking to businesses and the community organizations, to find out about the needs, lead to this final version being launched on the 30th July 2002. Even then creating individual websites for the Chinese businesses and organizations didn’t make sense, or that not many businesses or organizations are prepared to spend the time and money to develop its own site. Tony Yau, the founder of the Newcastlechinatown.co.uk, creating a presence that united them all did. The community website will be a wide-based, lively, entertaining and informative forum where local people can exchange views and share their memories, talents, interests, concerns and hopes for the future.It will become a means for identifying and solving problems faced by the community, for example
” Identifying social needs and attracting education, health and other services
” Identifying employment needs and attracting job-creating initiatives
” Identifying business opportunities and attracting investment to support enterprise in the local community

The website project will be a means for helping local people develop their own career or business. Working for the website project either on a voluntary or paid basis (if funding allows) will develop marketable skills including technical internet services; internet design; journalism; sales, advertising and marketing; community services; administration. The community website project could become the basis of a new local IT. industry with excellent growth potential for the years ahead.

By providing an attractive and engaging show-case for the community, the website will work as an ambassador between local people and the wider community across the region, nation and world wide. The community website will become the gateway into the China Town community for a wide range of visitors, from tourists to local and national government agencies.

We hope you find our services useful and enjoy your visit to Newcastle Chinatown.

The History of Chinese
in the UK
The Gold Rush of 1849. When gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in 1848, the lure of economic prosperity abroad encouraged tens of thousands of Chinese to emigrate to the U.S. It was the discovery of gold in 1851 which attracted Chinese immigration to Victoria on a large scale. Ships sailed to Australia from Hong Kong with their cargo of men who had come in search of the “New Gold Mountain”.

Unlike some of our neighbouring Chinatowns, there was no gold discovered in Britain. Chinese people first settled in Britain around 1885. They were mainly seamen working on steamships. By 1900, there were about 400 Chinese living in Britain. Many Chinese who live in Britain today came in the 1960s from rural Hong Kong and set up ‘Takeaway’ food shops and other related business, while Chinese from Malaysia and Singapore came for education and university degrees. Others came from China, Taiwan and Vietnam. The 1991 Census put the number of Chinese in Britain at 156,938. In the mid-1990s, there was another influx of Hong Kong Chinese immigrants who were granted British passports as a result of the ‘hand-over’ of Hong Kong to mainland China (July 1997). These new immigrants are relatively better educated and have better professional skills.

Chinatowns are well established in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne etc, and there are noticeable Chinese communities in other major cities, e.g. Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff, Bristol, Sheffield, Cambridge, Milton Keynes etc.

Refugees and asylum seekers from China are some of the emerging issues affecting the Chinese community in Britain today.

Chinatowns are now established in many major cities around the world. It was said that the bigger the Chinatown the more it reflects the success of the City.

For most Chinese Immigrants, locals and tourists Chinatown was and still is part of a great heritage and cultural identification, where a lot of locals and tourists alike come for Chinese groceries, Chinese food and Chinese publications or just to soak up the hustle and bustle of everyday life in these great cultural towns.