December 6th, 2012 (InsideCostaRica.com) With music, dances and various activities, hundreds attended the inauguration of the new Chinatown in San Jose yesterday, including the mayor of the municipality of San Jose, Johnny Araya, and the Chinese Ambassador, Li-Hua Chan.
Chinatown begins at 2nd Avenue and ends at the Liceo de Costa Rica (Costa Rica High School), stretching between 2nd and 14th avenue and 7th and 11th streets.
China donated $1 million for the construction of San Jose’s Chinatown, the latest of nearly 100 Chinatowns in the world, according to the Chinese Ambassador. The Ambassador also said that Chinatown would be a tourist attraction, and is a symbol of friendship between the countries.
The construction began in February. During construction, many stores that are located in the six-block area suffered slow sales as a result of the work. Now, though, several storeowners say that Chinatown was worth the wait.
“It was definitely worth the wait. Many stores closed, and some of us are indebted, but the sales now reflect that the wait was definitely worth it,” said a storeowner.
The municipality also said that an increased flow of tourists through the area should help boost sales for storeowners.
“This type of investment definitely brings profit to all those who have properties (in the area), especially those that are in front of the boulevard on 9th street,” said Marco Vinicio Corrales, from the Municipality of San Jose.
With the new Chinatown, there are now a total of 5km of pedestrian walkways in San Jose.