Located right in the heart of Lower Manhattan, Chinatown delights visitors with its sensational food, bustling markets, and cultural sites. Nowhere else on the East Coast, let alone the rest of New York state, is there a better place to experience Chinese culture. Even the hotels in Chinatown provide atmosphere you won't find elsewhere in NYC. Why wait any longer to visit?
Diving into Chinatown
Car rentals in Chinatown can help you reach attractions faster, but perhaps the best way to experience this area is to simply walk around. A good first stop is the Museum of Chinese in America, which explores Chinese-American history and culture in great detail. From there, make your way to Columbus Park, where you can watch or join in a tai-chi session. Chatham Square, a site honoring Americans of Chinese ancestry who fought in World War II, is another must-see. Mulberry and Canal Street—Chinatown's most happening section—is worth a visit to people-watch, find souvenirs, purchase spices, and more. When you need a break, the Eastern States Buddhist Temple is a peaceful place to sit or meditate.
Following Your Senses in Chinatown
If there is one thing you should absolutely do in Chinatown, it's eat. Any of the Chinatown hotels will place you near good food. From Cantonese restaurants to Hunan diners to Sichuan eateries, you can pretty much taste every type of Chinese cuisine between Broadway and the Manhattan Bridge. Noodle and dumpling joints are quite popular too, as are seafood places. Vietnamese fare and Japanese food are also available. In terms of drinks, you must try tea at any one of the cafes, or experience bubble tea, which can be found at various shops around Canal Street. You'll also find whiskey taverns, dance clubs, and other nightlife near Canal Street and Walker Street.
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