At first glance Manila’s Chinatown doesn’t seem like much of a tourist spot; it is noisy, a bit run-down and the traffic is often in gridlock.

But it helps to remember that there has been a Chinese trading presence in the region since the 800s, and this quarter, known as Bindondo, grew as a neighbouring town for the oppressed Hokkien Chinese immigrants and their descendants throughout the Spanish colonial era.

The best way to see it is from a jeepney or calesa.

It deserves your time for the Kuang Kong and Seng Guan Buddhist temples, and the herbal stores and vendors along Ongpin and Carvajal Streets.

If you’re feeling peckish, there’s no better area in Manila for dim sum.