Ho Chi Minh City’s Cholon is Vietnam’s biggest Chinatown with roots dating back to 1778; it’s also a place of great historical and cultural significance. Chinese minorities hid here from the Tay Son and consequently had to rebuild the area twice following attack with as many as 70% approximate to have died trying to escape on boats. Those who survived settled and began trading a variety of Chinese products. During the Vietnam War Cholon was a flourishing black market for US soldiers trading in American Army issue supplies. The area today is a popular site for those on the tourist pursue and also attracts many Taiwanese and Chinese visitors. Cholon is an interesting place to see traditional Chinese architecture evocative of years gone by with plenty of Chinese restaurants.