"You'll feel as if you were in China!" Chinatown Tip by King_Golo

Chinatown, New York City: 105 reviews and 139 photos

  Food stall in Chinatown
by King_Golo

Chinatown New York is the world's biggest Chinatown, and also the biggest population of Chinese outside of China. Having mentioned this, you won't be too surprised when I tell you that you'll feel more like in China than in New York when you walk around there! Chinese shops line the streets, Asian mothers accompany their children to school, Chinese signs are everywhere (and you sometimes have trouble finding an English translation!), McDonald's looks for waiters who are fluent in Chinese, English and Spanish... As I had to get up early every morning when I was in New York, I could experience the daily work routines of Chinatown - in the morning, all the shops get their deliveries, fruits and vegetables are unloaded from numerous trucks, men and women set up their food stalls, the air smells sour and sweet, like rotten garbage, exhaust fumes, male sweat, and then suddenly like fresh spring rolls or fried chicken. It's really an experience to go there early in the morning. I usually came back at night to see Chinatown's million lights make the streets shine bright yellow, pink and blue while many of the food stalls were still selling hot meals to passers-by. Chinatown is a place that you have to experience with all your senses, and it makes sense to come back several times if you've got the time.

Check out my Chinatown travelogue for more impressions!

Address: Manhattan, New York City,
Directions: Chinatown is located in Lower Manhattan and a very large area. Get out at Canal Street station and explore the area.
Phone: (212) 346-9288
Website: http://www.explorechinatown.com/

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 6, 2008
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