Sightseeing in Chinatown
Chinatown is a must see when you are touring in New York City. Thousands of tourists visit Chinatown each day. It is the largest Chinatown in the United States, the center of politics, economics, and culture of the Chinese communities in New York City. It is famous for its restaurants, jewelry shops, food markets, temples, and crowded streets, including Canal, Mott, Pell and Doyers streets whose busy sidewalks are crowed by vendors.
Museum of Chinese in the America, where you can explore Chinese immigrating history and culture through historic images, papers, oral stores and artifacts. For more information, call (855) 955-MOCA.
Chatham Square sees two important statuses: the statue of Lin Zexu, a historic hero who is remembered for his heroic role in the19th-Century anti-opium war in China, and the Kim Lau Memorial Arch, erected in 1962, in memory of the Chinese Americans who died in the Second World War. This is the place where Chinese New Year parade goes by every year.
Canal Street, the busiest street in Chinatown, runs from east to west. At its west, it is the Hudson River, and at its east, it is the Manhattan Bridge Gate. Everyday, it is crowded with visitors from all over the world. Stores, banks, supermarkets, restaurants, offices are all found on this street. Peddlers make it even more crowded. (photos)
Mott Street, crossing Canal Street, is the heart of Chinatown. Like Canal Street, it is crowded by stores, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, etc. It is considered the paradise for shopping in Chinatown. (photos)
Bowery Street, crossed by Canal Street on the east side, is dotted with stores and travel agencies. Confucius Plaza and Chatham Square are located on this street (see Sightseeing). Jin Feng Restaurant, the biggest in Chinatown, is at its corner with Canal Street. (photos)
East Broadway, a litter outside of Chinatown at the east, is where most Chinese do their business and spend their daily life. It is also crowded not by visitors but by local Chinese. The street is flanked by different kinds of cheap stores and traditional Chinese restaurants. (photos)