While Singapore's business district seems to grow into the sky, Chinatown stands in sharp contrast with its low rise historical shophouses. About 75% of Singapore are ethnic Chinese. Many of the Chinese immigrants came in the 19-century and early 20-century, when Singapore was a British colony. They settled in what became Chinatown, a mosaic of shops, markets, restaurants, temples, coolie quarters and brothels. Today, Chinatown is still that - except for the lack of coolies and brothels of course - and the Chinese culture is very much alive and everpresent.