New York City’s Chinatown

Located in Manhattan, New York City’s Chinatown is the largest community of Chinese immigrants in the United States and is well-known for its restaurants, food markets, and crowded streets.

Major streets going into Chinatown include: Broadway St., Canal St., and Bowery St.

For a guided tour visit Museum of Chinese in the Americas, located at 70 Mulberry St, 2nd Floor, New York City, NY or call 212-619-4785.

A must see when traveling through New York City, Chinatown encompasses an area of approximately one mile by two miles of Manhattan Island. The famous streets of Canal, Mott, Pell, and Doyers, are filled with vendors and the culture of the Chinese community is at its best here. While in Chinatown, a few of the many sites you’ll want to include in your touring are:

Chatham Square: Here you’ll see the statue of Lin Zexu, Chinese hero of 19th Century anti-opium war and the Kim Lau Memorial Arch, which was dedicated to Chinese Americans who died in the Second World War.

Mahayana Buddhist Temple: The golden Buddha sits inside.

Confucius Plaza: Built in 1978, the tallest building in Chinatown.

The history of Chinatown began in the 1800’s. The population increased from 200 in 1870 to over 7,000 in 1900. The Chinese population had exploded and this area of New York City became an enclave of Chinese ethnicity. Tourists must see Chinatown to appreciate all that it offers and one will be amazed by the shopping districts, as well the closeness of the community itself.

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