Chinese Madrid

  • El Madrid chino
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  • Usera, el epicentro Foto: RTVE
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  • Usera, the epicentre
  • Cultural Centres
  • Chinese New Year
  • A rich gastronomy
  • A Mandarin Chinese radio station

Talking about China in Madrid is talking about Usera, the neighbourhood with the largest concentration of the Chinese community in Spain.  Since the 1970s, a large contingent of Chinese citizens has come to Madrid in search of a better world than the one in their country of origin. The Chinese community in the region of Madrid continues to grow, increasing from 33,489 registered inhabitants in 2008 to 63,549 in 2021, according to official figures from the National Statistics Institute. 

In Madrid capital alone, there are 35,985 Chinese residents according to the City Council register (Municipal Register of Inhabitants, revised on 1 July 2022) and a quarter of them live in Usera, where they maintain their customs and thousand-year old traditions. It is a kind of “Chinatown” integrated in a popular neighbourhood in the south of Madrid. It is easy to see due to the large number of Chinese shops and if you go to the Chinese Pensioners Centre in Usera, you can see how its members usually meet in the afternoons to play table-tennis or to play traditional music.  

 

DON’T MISS

Madrid celebrates together with the Chinese community this annual festivity, which bids farewell to winter, and includes activities like the Spring Race and China Taste (Start of the Year of the Rabbit: 22 January 2023).

Gastronomic workshops, coinciding with the celebration of the Chinese New Year, in which the wealth and variety of Chinese cuisine can be discovered (Various venues. 11 Jan-12 Feb).

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