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Explore Chinatown through its History, Streets
and Culture.


Chinatown New York City is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Manhattan. Chinese immigrants settled in the area in the 1800s. Chinatown offers a unique historical and cultural experience not found anywhere else in the world.

We put together a list of books if you'd like to delve deeper into the culture.


"What Is That?"

If you've walked the streets of New York's Chinatown, and you're like us, you've found yourself standing and staring at something and wondering, "What is that?" Hey, Chinese tourists must wonder the same when confronted with apple-bobbing, luxury pet hotels and Hot Pockets+AK4-.

Fortunately, Explore Chinatown can lead us off the beaten path.  After you...

Lin Sister Herbs

Munchie's Paradise


Bubble Tea

Lucky Bamboo


Intriguing Ingredients

Decoding the Storefront

more with Eating in Translation



Chinese Astrological Signs

The Chinese lunar calendar is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2,367 B.C. when the first cycle of the zodiac was introduced.  The 78th cycle started on February 1984 and will end on February 2044.  

One complete cycle takes 60 years and is made up of five simple cycles of 12 years each. 

Find the ruling animal that hides in your heart.




  See our Chinatown New York photo gallery! 

chinatown's history & culture

  Explore the Streets of Chinatown
Whether characterized by their stores and restaurants or their unique size and shape, the streets of Chinatown provide a fascinating cultural experience.

 Mott Street & Canal Street

 Grand Street & Mott Street

 Doyers Street

 Baxter Street

 East Broadway

  Explore the History of Chinatown
Often overlooked, Chinatown is the site of a rich history that not only tells the story of the Chinese-American experience, but also that of early Irish, Jewish and Italian immigrants. Today, remnants of the neighborhood's European-American ancestry stand side-by-side with more recent Asian-inspired landmarks.

 Chatham Square

 Columbus Park

 Five Points

 Museum of Chinese in America

 Church of the Transfiguration

 Mahayana Buddhist temple

 Shearith Israel Cemetery

Edward Mooney House

Museum at Eldridge St



chinatown food & etiquette
What is Dim Sum?

Generally considered a breakfast, brunch or lunch meal, the dim sum experience is as much about how the food is served as about the food itself. >>
All the Tea in China

Since ancient times, tea has been one of China's most important exports to the world. >>
Chinese Bakeries

Most of the bakeries in Chinatown carry classic Chinese baked goods, but several offer exceptional creations and specialty items not found anywhere else in the City. >>