36 Hours in Newcastle
Not the one in Australia- though you could easily be forgiven for thinking that because the UK Newcastle Upon Tyne is a twin city of Newcastle in Australia has a similar cultural history.
With a population of about 280,000 (in the metropolitan borough and city, 2011), and an area of only 44 square miles, Newcastle Upon Tyne is located in County Durham in the North-East of England (on the borders of Scotland).
Home to St James Park (Newcastle United Football Club), a booming nightlife, and a seat of educational excellence with two top tier universities, Newcastle is an amazing city to visit.
The weather wasn't that pleasant when I visited, however I still managed to get some good shots during my 36 hours in the city. Most of the city center can easily be explored by foot in a day or two.
Catering for the large expat Chinese community, which is mostly made up of overseas Chinese students at the city's colleges and universities, Newcastle's Chinatown is located right opposite the St James Park football stadium. It is one of the ten Chinatowns' in the United Kingdom (the others being in London, Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, and Liverpool). Easiest way to get to it is by taking the convenient Newcastle metro, get off at St James station, and then turn left, and you can't miss the large Chinese style archway (as in photo). The main street is just on the first right hand turn. Have a Dim Sum in true Geordie style!
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