Second Chinatown underway in Melbourne

Image: Golden Age Group

Little Bourke Street’s Chinatown precinct is getting a new sibling in the suburb of Box Hill. Box Hill is already Melbourne’s Chinese cultural centre, with 35 per cent of its residents claiming Chinese ancestry in the 2016 census. 

“New Chinatown” is being delivered as part of a $450 million development by hospitality and property developer, Golden Age Group, which also owns popular Shanghai dumpling restaurant Hu Tong in the original Chinatown.

New Chinatown will encompass 10,000 square metres of retail space over three levels featuring food, beverage and commercial retailers, and a 4,000 square metre food hall with street-style offerings inspired by the markets of London and Italian artisanal marketplace Eataly in New York. 

The site will nod to traditional Chinese cultures with pagodas, floating walkways, winding pathways and water features throughout.  

The precinct will be installed below the Golden Age Group’s new residential project, which will see two apartment towers go up by the end of the year.

Golden Age Group founder Jeff Xu says the space will celebrate Melbourne’s multiculturalism.

“New Chinatown will craft its own identity as the intersection between ancient traditions and modern China; a melting pot where history and the contemporary come together,” Xu said in a statement.