Chinese Arch, Berry Street
Chinese Arch, Berry Street

Liverpool has learned that she can prosper without the slave trade or slave labour. Her docks are crowded with ships from all parts of the world. And the city, with its population of six hundred thousand souls, is one of the most prosperous in the United Kingdom.

Ida B Wells, 1893

Buffer Zone

A Buffer Zone surrounds the entire World Heritage Site and is formed around key views and connections between the property and adjoining areas – especially those with historical associations with the World Heritage Site.

It includes, for example, the Georgian terraces of Rodney Street, the two cathedrals, the whole of RopeWalks and the warehouses of the Baltic Triangle.  It also extends into the River Mersey to the political boundary.

Liverpool’s Chinatown is home to one of the oldest Chinese communities in Europe.

The trade links between China and Britain via the ports of Shanghai and Liverpool were instrumental in the establishment of a Chinese community within the city.  The main trading goods were silk and cotton wool. The first vessel arrived in Liverpool from China in 1834.

The first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in 1866 with the establishment of the Blue Funnel Shipping Line, a branch of the Holt Ocean Steamship Company, which ran a line of steamers directly from Liverpool to China.

The Chinese Arch (pafang) on Nelson Street is the largest arch of its kind outside China.