My Rotary club members travelled to Sydney, Australia last May 28th to June 12th for the Rotary International Convention. We stayed in various hotels around Sydney but my friend and I decided to stay at Holiday Inn located in Chinatown in Sydney. The hotel was just in the corner of Chinatown where several dozens of ethnic restaurants are scattered in 5 streets. There are several shopping malls around and they have an amazing food court where you can eat to your heart's content for A$10.00 and the dish you ordered will be prepared fresh for you in 10 minutes waiting time. Their food court is not the typical North American food court where the food was displayed and you have no idea how long the food has been reheat. The hard part is trying to decide which dish you want to order. We happened to stay on a Friday night at the hotel and the whole Chinatown was buzzing with vendors and food kiosk from 6pm till 12pm for their Chinatown flea market. Across the street from the hotel is Paddington market under a huge building 3 stories high and this is where you can shop till you drop as the prices are fantastic. I end up buying a new big suitcase at Paddington for A$32 and filled it up with items I purchased which only cost me a total of A$300.00 total from Ugg boots to Sheep skin throw rug, to Chinese brocade dinner jacket to Korean made shoes to Australian t-shirts, etc. I thought I will end up going back to Canada without any shopping because we cannot find any cheaper items to shop in the various department stores across Sydney.
For those who are planning to visit Sydney, make it a point to visit Chinatown.
Victoria Ewert of Edmonton
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