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Shopping Ramon Magsaysay Ave Poblacion District, Davao City Davao del Sur Philippin Published on: 13-11-2015

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Davao City’s Chinatown is situated at the heart of the downtown area. Chinatown is a symbol of the Dabawenyo-Chinese relationship and continues to be a major asset in the city’s development.

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Why China town is special ?

Davao Chinatown encompasses the areas of Ramon Magsaysay Avenue, Monteverde Avenue, Sta. Ana Avenue, and Leon Garcia Street, is a trading center of various business establishments built by Filipino-Chinese, who are living in the Mindanao area. Also known as Mindanao Chinatown, Davao Chinatown is around 44 hectares and it is the only business center found in the Mindanao region in the Philippines.

What to explore at China town?

Points of Interest

The Mindanao Taoist Temple is located in the middle of RGA Village, between Dakudao and Cabaguio Avenues. The temple with its tall red brick pagoda is an example of feng shui architecture particular with its octagonal shaped structure. A noted example of the synergism of the beliefs of Chinese-Filipinos can be found in the images on display at the temple. Alongside images of Lao Tzu is the image of Jesus Christ who is also revered by Taoists. The Mindanao Taoist Temple used to be the highest structure around the Cabaguio-Dacudao area.

Long Hua Temple also located in Cabaguio Avenue. The Buddhist temple is the biggest in Mindanao and the most popular temple in Davao City. It is home to kung fu monks and a school (Sakya Academy). Various Chinese (Taiwanese) tourists and migrants visit this place to worship and pay respect. Long Hua, which means Temple of the Dragon, features several images and intricate wood carvings of Buddha.

Santiago Temple, located in a property near Gaisano Mall of Davao, is a temple used to be seen on JP Laurel Avenue until a building was built in front of it. Now it is completely hidden from view, accessible only by a narrow street alley. The temple was visited by the devotees of Kuan Kong, a Chinese general who lived during 200 A.D. in the time of the three Kingdoms of China who became known as the Chinese God of War. Kuan Kong or Santiago temple is the oldest Chinese temple in Davao, built in 1957 by the local Chinese community who associate Kuan Kong as the great protector particularly of the business people. In China, the deity, through his protective influences, is also regarded as the symbol of wealth and prosperity.

Po Lian Temple

Shopping Malls

NCCC Main Davao - founded by Lim Tian Siu, grew up in Chin Kang, Fukien, China in 1919. A name in Davao City for more than 30 yrs now, a shopping destination that once started as a textile business in 1952.

DCLA Plaza - known for very cheap buys from electronic to dry goods.

Chinatown 168 Mall - a controversial chinatown mall because of its name and its similarity to a mall in Binondo. A tiangge or flea market type of mall.

Chimes Mall - a specialty store of Felcris corporation. This mall houses hi-end brands of restaurants and clothing.

Yahu Plaza - it means bountiful in Fookien. A 5-storey mall located along F. Banggoy St. between Monteverde and Uyangguren streets.


Pinnacle Hotel and Suites

Regency Inn Davao

BS Inn

Sequoia Inn

Evergreen Hotel

Southern Tourist Inn

Hari Royale Hotel


How to get to China town?

By land

The common modes of public transportation are multicabs, jeepneys, tricycles, buses, and taxis. Multicabs and jeepneys ply 82 designated passenger vehicle routes around the clock. Tricycles ply the routes that are outside the main streets of the city. Taxis have several routes in and outside Davao City. In mountainous areas, the habal-habal passenger motorcycle is the main mode of transportation.

Davao City offers a wide bus network connection to major cities and provinces, not only in Mindanao but even as far as Manila and Pasay City in Luzon. The city is accessible by bus to and from points in Mindanao like Cotabato, Monkayo, Kidapawan, Midsayap, Digos, General Santos, Koronadal, Isulan, Tacurong, Tagum, Cagayan de Oro, Surigao, Butuan, and with Manila in Luzon.

The DPWH is proposing to build the Tagum-Davao City-Digos Light Rail Transit, which will be the first on Mindanao island, and the construction of the Davao-Samal Bridge, which will be like the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge in the United States, to begin in 2017.

By sea

Davao is connected to Manila by a series of roll-on roll-off or inter-island ferry connection.

The city is served by domestic passenger ferries at Sasa Port and Sta. Ana Wharf, both of which are the international seaports of the Port of Davao, the busiest port in Mindanao. This port could service both inter-island and international shipments. It is located the Davao Gulf and its port of entry has two approaches; one is at the Pakiputan Strait between Davao and the water west of Samal Island.

By air

Davao City has direct flights to major cities in the Philippines and some Asian cities. The Francisco Bangoy International Airport serves the general area of the city and its surrounding areas.


Selling points

  • Cultural and lifestyle experience
  • Great Chinese foods
  • Many interesting places to explore
  • Many architectural temple
  • Great place to shop
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Ramon Magsaysay Ave Poblacion District, Davao City Davao del Sur Philippin

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Tips for you

  • Peak Season:all year round
  • The four archways are in close proximity to each other so you may either walk or take a jeepney to visit them all.
  • Start from the Arch of Friendship going to the Arch of Unity then to the Arch of Prosperity and lastly to the Arch of Peace.
  • If you want to see the vast majority of Chinese-Filipinos in Mindanao and their businesses, include Davao Chinatown in your itinerary.


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