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Chinatown

Canal Street to Bayard Street, New York City, NY (Chinatown)
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Ranked #421 of 856 Attractions in New York City
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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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Chico, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We did a short walking tour thought Chinatown so I am sure there was more than we saw however from what we saw was much to see, the interesting thing was the little markets selling live turtles for soup, live eel, live small blue crab, live and all sorts of fresh fish

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Stopped into Chinatown while visiting NYC, was able to pick up "street" goods fairly easily and all locals seem to know each other well. It was like a little community within NYC. Worth a taxi, subway or bus ride.

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Hamilton, Bermuda
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If you are looking for value-for-money-food, definitely visit Chinatown but for the sights, no. There is nothing much to see here except for stalls and stalls of stores which sells seafood to electronics to jewelry to medicine. Also, you will be bombarded with peddlers both men and women trying to sell you fake designer brand accessories.

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Lucy858
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Don't get me wrong, this is a legit Chinatown. If interested in a gritty cultural adventure, this is your hood. However, if you want to buy a fake Louis, eat a homemade dumpling or get a cheap massage, the margin of error for a novice here is high... and there are other places in Manhattan for that! This is one... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I was fortunate to be able to experience New York City this summer. One of the highlights of my trip was to walk around and become immersed in the culture of Chinatown. Getting of the subway and entering into this world with no preconceived expectations, I was initially struck by the overwhelming number of Asian people. I felt like I... More

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Belgrade, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Just going off the quart of Little Italy in direction of south, we got to the Chinatown. That borough of Manhattan is confined with the following streets : Canal street, Bowery street, Baxter str. and Worth str. Interesting with multitude of the snack stores, little chinese restaurants, open markets, from which the characteristic smells hover above You, as well as... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you are looking for a place full of people and street sellers, this is your place. I think in this place there is no offer of something different of any city, in my opinion, it has no Chinese cultural references...

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Jupiter, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I have been to Chinatown on numerous occasions and must admit it is no great place to visit. First if you go in the summer hold your nose The smells from the food make you sick to your stomach and you loose any need to eat. It is dirty, crowded and just not a real tourist place. One time to... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I expected to visit a vivid place, full of traditions and typical food. That's not what is in stock for you. A bunch of small shops selling cheap and low quality souveniers, t-shirts and not useful stuff. The Chinese sellers are gone. Most of the sellers are from India now. I do not recommend going there. It's a waste of... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Decided to explore Chinatown to see how it's like. I have to say I am rather disappointed as it's just shops owned or run by Chinese and the streets are decorated with Chinese motif and so on. I did stop by at the Chinatown Ice Cream Factory for Asian-inspired ice cream flavours. Apart from that, if you have not been... More

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