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Esplanade des Olympiades – Chinatown

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Quartier des Olympiades in Paris 13th district

The Esplanade des Olympiades is located in the Quartier des Olympiades.

Paris Chinatown is encompassed within the Avenue de Choisy, Avenue d'Ivry and Boulevard Masséna; this enclave is also known as Triangle de Choisy.

Paris, however, has two other older but much smaller Chinese districts in the Quartier du Temple and Quartier des Arts-et-Métiers.

Les Olympiades district was developed in the early 1970s on a former railway freight yard.

It was part of Italie 13, a major rehabilitation project of the once industrial 13th district.

Many enclaves of the 13th district, which had become insalubrious over the years, have therefore have left place to residential areas with shopping centers and metro lines.

Esplanade des Olympiades

Les Olympiades is a group of 11 towers, which are all named after cities that hosted the Olympic Games.

Six of these towers - Sapporo, Mexico (City), Athènes (Athens), Helsinki, Cortina and Tokyo - are reserved to private housing.

Two towers - Londres (London) and Anvers (Antwerp) - are reserved for middle class housing and are labelled as ILN housing (Immeubles à Loyers Normaux – normal rent buildings).

The other three towers - Rome, Grenoble and Sqaw Valley - are reserved for social housing or HLM (Habitations at Loyers Modérés).

This housing distribution, therefore, ensures excellent social mix and integration.

These eleven towers encompass the Esplanade des Olympiades and La Pagode, an active and attractive shopping mall with Asian-style pavilions.

Stairs and escalators access this vast pedestrian area, which is located 8m above street level.

Since 2007 the Metro station Olympiades connects Les Olympiades and Esplanade des Olympiades to the city center.

Directions: 13th district - Rue de Tolbiac
Metro: Olympiades on Line 14
Coordinates: Lat 48.826496 - Long 2.364946

Photo  Wikimedia Commons: Header CNY in Paris
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