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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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  • An area one should visit the many small shops as well as all the selling of meat and vegetables as well as hardware.
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  • This neighborhood invaded to Little Italy, Chinese on all streets with their stalls and others offering Chinese products secretly in a brochure with handbags, sunglasses and watches of well known brands at prices to haggle.
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  • I always bring visitors here because the food is excellent (remember to tip well as folks do not make much and you just saved lots of money over your overpriced meal in Times Square or near your hotel...  more »