Bringing new life to Chinatown

Many cities around the world feature thriving Chinatown districts – and soon Perth will be among them.

With this project, we aim to bring back the vitality and unique character of Northbridge’s Chinatown. Following a $2m investment in the area, families, visitors and tourists will be able to enjoy:

  • Improved laneways, lanterns and new lighting
  • Attractive landscaping, seating and shaded areas
  • Public art, contemporary Chinese art and wall murals
  • New colourful statements at the Roe Street and James Street entries

As part of the Perth City Link project, King Street will be extended to connect with Lake Street, and Queen Street will extend through the Link project to lead directly into Chinatown. This will bring thousands of new visitors to the area to eat, drink, shop and celebrate.

An authentic experience

The new Chinatown will be a true celebration of Chinese culture, bustling by day and really coming to life at night. Visitors will discover amazing food, unique shops and grocers, traditional Chinese medicine and much more.

  • Signage for Chinese restaurants in Chinatown
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    Chinatown restaurants

  • Chinatown laneway with lanterns and signage
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    Chinatown laneway

  • A man writes some Chinese calligraphy on a large scroll
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    Chinese calligrapher

  • Banners and lanterns at Chinatown entry on Roe Street Northbridge
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    Chinatown entry on Roe Street Northbridge


At the centre of entertainment

Chinatown sits on the doorstep of the Perth City Link, close to the CBD, Perth Arena and the area that will become Yagan Square. It is nestled in Northbridge’s entertainment precinct where thousands of people already enjoy bars, restaurants, the State Theatre Centre, Perth Cultural Centre and many events and festivals.

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Celebrating history in new spaces

With a $2m investment from the State Government, our revitalisation project is improving public spaces to allow for more activities and events in the area. Chinatown will become a popular destination with tourists and local people again, just as it was in the booming 1980s.

Culture and history

Culture and history

A new welcome to Chinatown

Chinese garden with Chinese Tallows, Manchurian Pear trees and Bamboo

A place to relax

A place to relax

Enjoy celebrations and festivals

The upgrades are a good first step to help raise awareness of the location of Chinatown, attract people’s attention and [invite them to] visit the precinct. Strata owners and businesses should seize this great opportunity… to help keep Chinatown attractive and interesting on an ongoing basis.

Sammy Yap, President Chung Wah Association

Working together

We are collaborating closely with the City of Perth, private landowners and businesses, and the Chung Wah Association in the revitalisation of Chinatown. Banners and lanterns have already been installed on Roe Street, with road painting and the launch of a new open space with decking, trees and public art. The Chung Wah Association’s 2014 Chinese New Year celebrations received $50,000 grant to expand the festivities into Chinatown’s laneways.