PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Business leaders in Chinatown are attempting to start a traditional Asian nightmarket in their community.

They’re a staple of big cities in China and other Asian nations: nightmarkets featuring vendors, exotic foods, and live entertainment. Melody Wong with Philadelphia’s Chinatown Development Corporation says they’re hoping to bring the same thing here:

“My background is from Hong Kong so they have outdoor singers, musical players right next to stalls of people eating curry fishballs and what-not, and that is the kind of feel we’re trying to create, the festivity, the hustle-bustle.”

PCDC executive director John Chin says they’re targeting two groups:

“Number one, the regional visitor coming to Chinatown to experience something that hasn’t been done here in Philadelphia before. Number two it’s also targeted for local residents because this is something that they miss.”

At this point, the project is still in the planning phase but they’re hoping to have something up and running by next summer.

Reported by Paul Kurtz, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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