Chinese Restaurant Worldwide Documentation Project

I recently stumbled across this Flickr group called Chinese Restaurant Worldwide Documentation Project. It has this intriguing description:

> Chinese Restaurants – Worldwide, except China and Taiwan. Here you’ll find the culture ‘clash’ and culture ‘mash’ with all the societies they have adapted to.

Below are a few examples of photos from the group pool, taken at locations all over the world.

Genoa, Italy:

Santa Cruz, Bolivia:

Brooklyn, New York, USA:

Antwerp, Belgium:

Aguas Calientes, Peru:

Paphos, Cyprus:

Of course, there are many more in the pool.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. You might be interested in the TV series about Chinese restaurants around the world. Toronto-based Cheuk Kwan visited Chinese restaurants in Cuba, South Africa, Israel, Turkey and many other places. Rather than just talking about the restaurants and the food, we hear very interesting stories about the people behind the restaurants, whether it’s the situation of Chinese during apartheid in South Africa, Chinese muslims in Turkey or how the Christian owner in Israel acts as a community liaison for the newly arrived Chinese construction workers. Very much worth a look!

  2. I think I’ll have to add to the pool the restaurant across from my hotel in Tel Aviv

  3. Does anyone else ever feel awkward going into a Chinese food restaurant outside of China? I always feel like I should give a secret handshake or something and be led past the buffet and into a smoky 热闹-infused back room where I can buy cheap beer for a quarter, and eat amazing food at a sticky table.

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