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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. Put Chinatown at the forefront of your travel plans using our New York City trip planning site.
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  • This area is a bit rundown. It seems many businesses didn't make it through the pandemic. There is some nice street art. The shops are fun 
    This area is a bit rundown. It seems many businesses didn't make it through the pandemic. There is some nice street art. The shops are fun  more »
  • We did a self-guided walking tour of Chinatown and I'm glad we'd taken the time to research it and print this out as we found some really nice hidden gems. We spent a good couple of hours just... 
    We did a self-guided walking tour of Chinatown and I'm glad we'd taken the time to research it and print this out as we found some really nice hidden gems. We spent a good couple of hours just...  more »

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