Chinese restaurants in Manchester come at you thick and fast. As you’re wandering the smaller streets it’s hard not to notice the neon signage and waft of soy sauce delighting your nostrils. Chinese restaurants in Manchester seem very much a part of the furniture and after a little look at the history, it’s no surprise why. During the late 1940s and 1950s, a wave of Chinese immigration occurred towards Manchester, due largely to an alarming shortage of labour after WWII as well as urbanisation in places like Hong Kong that forced many people to leave. Three guesses what the newly-arrived Chinese folk did when they arrived… Yep, they opened Manchester’s pioneering Chinese restaurants.