HAVANA’S CHINA TOWN (BARRIO CHINO LA HABANA)
It dates back to June of 1847 when the first 260 Chinese arrived in Havana. They came filled with dreams and hopes, searching for jobs in the Spanish Crown’s most important colony.
The eight-year contract that they had signed was a deceit in order to turn them into slaves. Since then this country received the Chinese people that together with the Negroes and white races, became the beautiful mixed heritage that the Cubans inherited. They also enriched our culture with culinary recipes and medicines.
After the revolution’s triumph, some left for other countries while others stayed to share the new life of their adopted country. There are a variety of commercial shops and restaurants that keep the traditions alive while offering the visitor a pleasant stay.
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Literally 20 minutes by car or bus from the Vinales hotel Los Jazmines or Hotel La Ermita, The Cueva del Indio or in English, “Indian Cave” is an extensive underground cavern with 10 to 20 meter high ceilings. The initial part of the visit includes walking through richly colored Stalactites and stalagmites, conical deposits emanating from the roof and floor of the cave. The second part of the trip is truly fantastic as you board a small boat which meanders [...]
The Pinar del Rio Botanic Gardens offers treasures like 170 species of fruit trees, exotic plants in barely 45 hectares. The herbarium has an astounding array of 5 500 samples of some 800 species and 200 families representatives of species native to the six ecosystems of the province of Pinar del Rio. For plant lover a photographic tour of this place is like a dream come true due to the incredible variety of plant species set in a beautiful location [...]
Located in a former prison and on this site since 1961 the Francisco Donatien Cigar Factory is an ideal daytrip to spend a couple of hours watching people busily roll some of Pinar Del Rios finest cigars. Neatly seated side by side at special wooden benches, the cigar makers carry out their work with dexterity and amazing speed, producing vast numbers of cigars of identical weight and length in the time it takes to bat an eyelid. Similar but much [...]