Chinese Madrid

  • El Madrid chino
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For the seventh consecutive year, Madrid celebrates the Chinese New Year. In 2022, the Year of the Tiger will be celebrated (Year 4720 in the Chinese calendar), which begins on 1 February. 


Consult the full virtual programme for Chinese New Year 2021 (Year of the Ox) in Madrid on the official website: SPANISH / CHINESE

  • 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 40,750 Chinese residents according to the City Council register (Municipal Register of Inhabitants reviewed on 1 January 2021) 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 (Start of the Year of the Rabbit: 22 January 2023).

The event invites Madrileños and visitors to the city to learn more about traditional Chinese gastronomy (Various venues. February 2022).

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