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Chinatown, Brooklyn

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Chinatown, Manhattan is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan, New York City, bordering the Lower East Side to its east, Little Italy to its north, Civic Center to its south, and Tribeca to its west. Chinatown is home to the largest enclave of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere. With an estimated population of 90,000 to 100,000 people, Manhattan's Chinatown is also one of the oldest ethnic Chinese enclaves outside of China. The Manhattan Chinatown is one of nine Chinatown neighborhoods in New York City, as well as one of twelve in the New York metropolitan area, which contains the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, enumerating an estimated 819,527 uniracial individuals as of 2014. Historically it was primarily populated by Cantonese speakers. However, in the 1980s-90s, large numbers of Min Dong-speaking immigrants also arrived. As many Min Dong / Fuzhounese and Cantonese speakers now speak Mandarin—the official dialect of Chinese—in addition to their native dialects, this made it more important for Chinatown residents to learn and speak Mandarin.
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  • Busy with lots of the same souvenir shops and whisperers selling knock offs, good to see the fake stuff and haggle. Found a yummy shanghai restaurant cheap clean and lots of tourists. 
  • We like very graphic Chinese neighborhoods, Chinese architecture, Chinese history, Chinese food, but this Chinese neighbourhood of NY isn't something special (like other cities) nor picturesque like others to visit. I was expecting a lot more since it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in NY.
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  • Very interesting to visit. For those who want to see the commercial movement of distant china, it is a good example (although somewhat Westernized). I recommend asking the lacquered duck in Duck House Pecking (must-see), a culinary experience.
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