The Chinatown in Lima, locally known as Barrio Chino, is centered around two blocks -the seventh and eighth- of Jirón Ucayali in downtown, a stretch almost universally referred to as Calle Capón, a name acquired during the Spanish Colonial period as it was the location of the market for castrated pigs.
In the 20th Century Chinatown had shrunk but nevertheless maintained a distinct ethnic character. In 1971 an archway, a gift from the people of Taiwan, was erected to mark the entrance to Chinatown. Nonetheless, the streets of the neighborhood were so crammed with stalls and street sellers that they were essentially impassable to vehicles. The crowding also made it a notorious haven for pickpockets and cut-purses.
Now, Chinatown is still headquarters for several of the Chinese associations, and hosts several journals, such as La Voz de la Colonia China ("The Voice of the Chinese Colony"), published every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and Ch'iao Pao, which is published thrice weekly and is also circulated to other Peruvian cities. Man Chin Po, the Americas' oldest Chinese-language newspaper, was published there Wednesdays and Saturdays since 1911, however it ceased publication in 2002. There are also several temples and oracles, such as the oracle of Guangong at the Kuan Tai Kung Temple, which is administered by the Pun Yui society, and temples to Guangong and other divinities run by the Ku Kong Chao and Tungshing associations.
Like Chinatowns in other countries, Lima's Chinatown is also a source of Chinese ingredients and a hub of Chinese cuisine. There are over 6000 Chinese restaurants in Lima called "chifas", and some of the most renown and venerable of these are located in Chinatown. The San Joy Lao, for example, was first established before 1920. Other notable chifas in the neighborhood include the Salón China, Wa Lok, and Sala Capón.