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Chinatown

Canal Street to Bayard Street, New York City, NY (Chinatown)
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Ranked #403 of 848 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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Provo, UT
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is like a small street of shops for cheap purses, tshirts, hats etc. We picked up a few cheap scarves etc. Honestly you could visit one shop and that would do it. Everything is the same, and they don't barter a ton. Worth a few hours, but not a special trip. If you need a restroom while in Chinatown,... More

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New York City, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you are only in town a short while and want to see Chinese style buildings and markets full of food that is unusual for westerners, Chinatown is fine. It still had a great vibe especially on weekends when there is a lot of shopping going on. Do not however expect to eat in great restaurants or get good bargains.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Best pork buns in New York , Great service and fair prices. Go with friends so you can sample several dishes.

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Ronneby, Sweden
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

It's like Chinatown in any city. Street markets, lots of people, good prices and everything is in chinese. I've been to plenty of Chinatowns and this one is not my favorite. In my opinion it takes more then some signs in chinese and a street market to get the "real" Chinatown feeling. It's fun to walk around, but it's nothing... More

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Rochdale, United Kingdom
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

You are probably only going to go once in your lifetime so you may as well take a look .. As you enter chinatown you will know as you can smell it !! ( fish , meats ,etc etc ) as they sell it on the streets to the locals .. You will see live lobsters to dead cows !!... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Should you go? Probably! But for a very short time. It's a great place to buy some souvenirs but when you're done, RUN! =)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Well, Chinatown in New York is very impressieve. It think it was very big. Many tempels and shops. When you are in New York, you have to visit this one time !

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Singapore, Singapore
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Total waste of time. Too crowded and smelly. I seriously dont understand why there's a designated Chinatown every where in the world and i guess most visiting tourists to these chinatowns are chinese only. Anyways,better spend your time in little italy (good for eating joints, a little expensive) and Soho for shopping.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I Expected more Chinese Culture there but unfortunately it doesn't look with some Chinese traditions. Yes - there are a lot of them but you also can see them in other US cities & this part of NYC with "brand name" doesn't show you too much about China expect street sellers. But mby I'm wrong....

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I have been to Chinatown in other large cities, and NYC Chinatown was much the same and probably crazier! Personally, I do not like the noise, congestion of both people and vehicle traffic, or the smells of Chinatown. But it is more about the experience for me. There is a crazy energy that comes with the culture. I snapped photos... More

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