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Chinatown, New York City

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Bordering the Lower East Side and Little Italy, Chinatown has the largest diaspora of Chinese people in the country. Chinatown Manhattan is one of six Chinatowns in New York City, but its location within the downtown area makes it the most popular. Along the pedestrian walkways, tightly packed storefronts are bursting with colorful wares, from souvenirs to traditional Chinese food. Outside the pedestrian thoroughfares in Chatham Square, you'll find two memorials: one commemorating the Chinese soldiers who fought and died in World War II and the other a statue of Lin Zexu, or Commissioner Lin, who opposed the opium trade. Consider paying a visit to the Museum of Chinese in America to learn more about the Chinese-American experience, and be sure to check out the top of any New York City pay phones that might be left in the neighborhood. In the 1970s the phone booths were capped with pagoda tops. Plan to visit Chinatown and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended New York City attractions using our New York City vacation generator.
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  • Really... many dirt... food on the streets and business... smells nauseating and not much to see... much smuggling of trout purses... you preg if you want... from there. S eguis to china which takes you and comes to another... who and show you photos and offers you... you choose... and in a while you can have your Michael kors or Louis Vuitton for few dollars... lol. so work... place that would never definitively. Rather picturesque... but after a while... nightmare.
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  • My niece works by Chinatown and met my family there. Many parts had garbage at the curb and the heat had it smelling quite a bit. Garbage wasn't in cans, rather just bags or strewn on the curb. Most o...  more »
  • We walk one morning between streets, sold fish and they try to sell you all kinds of imitations, if you want to buy bargain which always lower price!.
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