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Chinatown

Canal Street to Bayard Street, New York City, NY (Chinatown)
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Nightlife, Shopping
Traveler Description: New York's Chinatown, in downtown Manhattan, has one of the largest populations of Chinese people outside of Asia.  Its strong link to Chinese... more »
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Virginia, Cavan, Ireland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

We walked through Chinatown and I had assumed by all of the movies I had watched, that Chinatown was a small area perhaps a street? Was I shocked, amazed and pleasantly surprised. What an amazing place to get lost in. It's truly authentically Chinese. Just to walk around and look at everything in, taking in the ambience is incredible. It's... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

It is always a great pleasure walking in Canal street and Chinatown! You never know what you will come up to... a new fruit, a fantastic restaurant experience or buying fake pearls ... lovelyexotic world experiences with new tastes and smells.

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Orlando, Florida, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

If you have more than 2 days in NYC, then after the regular highlights, treat yourself to a lunch or dinner in this very unique area. It is only a few blocks in total, but it is one of the largest Chinatown's in the USA. On a good night there will be hussel and bussel and almost feel like you... More

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

100,000 Chinese are estimated to live in Chinatown today. First settlers to the area came in the 1780s as sailors and merchants involved in commerce between China and the U.S. Eventually they started marrying local women and settling here, but still in very limited numbers. By the mid-19th Century 150 Chinese lived in Chinatown. This all changed after WWII when... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Not the most attractive. Some good restaurants and the usual Chinatown stores and markets. I wouldn't go out of my way.

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

You can notice you are entering in Chinatown just for the start seeing everything just in Chinese... It's a different way of living. Its really shocking to see that Chinatown is absorbing Little Italy. You must go in any supermarket to check the items, you can find anything from turtles to fortune cookies. Also you should go to a fish... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Chinatown is a must see of course but after seeing a couple of times enough is enough. It is an interesting display of different Asian food. At the same time, is a bit gross how specially fish/seafood is presented. In some places, there was no ice to keep the food fresh!! Another thing I noticed it was how dirty the... More

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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Almost feels like you are in China. This location is a must for anyone interested in experiencing the Chinese culture in an American setting. Great restaurants there as well.

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Walking around here makes you think that you're in Hong Kong. The signs on the stores and restaurants are all in Chinese, and except for tourists, everyone on the street looks Chinese. The food is terrific and very authentic in most cases. Parking is a nightmare around here.

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Bronx, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you plan to visit NYC soon, take a walk through Chinatown. The street markets is unique and the food taste great. I highly recommend getting Chinese pastries to take with you...really authentic.

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