Chinatown is a neighborhood in Lower Manhattan that is located to the south of Little Italy, the west of the Lower East Side, north of the Civic Center, and to the east of Tribeca.
There were Chinese immigration in the 1840’s to New York City and because of specific immigration laws and discrimination towards the Chinese people they were kept to a certain area in Lower Manhattan. This area became known as Chinatown and has become a hugely popular area for tourists and residents of New York City alike.
Chinatown contains a lot of distinct locations to experience Chinese culture through various activities such as eating at an authentic Chinese restaurant or learning about the history of Chinese in America. To learn more about the history of Chinese in America, the Museum of Chinese in America on 215 Centre St is the most fitting location to learn about their history.
The Museum of Chinese in America was established to illustrate the history of Chinese in America through exhibitions and interactive display that can range from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the impact of Bruce Lee. Once learning about the history of Chinese in America, going to Jing Fong located on 20 Elizabeth St Chinese food culture can be experienced. Jing Fong is counted as one of the biggest Cantonese restaurants in Chinatown, specializing in dim sum and other Cantonese dishes.
There are many other different varieties of Chinese cuisine other than Cantonese, to find Chinese cuisine from Shanghai one of the most famous place is 456 Shanghai Cuisine on 69 Mott St. Nearby 456 Shanghai, located on 37 Mott Street is Aji Ichiban a unique store filled with different Asian snacks and candy that will fill anyone’s sweet tooth.
Moreover, to learn more about religion in China, the Mahayana Buddhist Temple on 133 Canal St is free and open to public temple to learn more about Buddhism. There is a big meditation space where people can relax while viewing the 16-foot-high golden Buddha inside the temple. Also in the Chinatown area, there is Columbus Park on 69 Mulberry St where people can be seen doing Tai Chi, playing Chinese instruments, and table games.
These are various things to do in Lower Manhattan’s Chinatown, but there are more than one Chinatown in New York City; Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Bronx respectively all of their own Chinatown.
Start at the corner of Mott Street and Canal Street, near Ten Ren’s Tea Time.
Head south on Mott Street. for three blocks, then bear left onto Oliver Street.
At St. James Triangle, hang a right onto St. James Place.
Once St. James Place becomes Pearl Street, look for signs for the FDR Drive.
Take the FDR north before exiting at East Forty-Second Street.
Take East Forty-Second Street for six blocks, then turn right onto Madison Avenue.
Take a left onto East Forty-Third Street, then a left onto Fifth Avenue.
Finally, drive south on Fifth Avenue for three blocks, then turn left onto East Fortieth Street.
We are located at Sixteen East Fortieth Street between Fifth and Madison on the righthand side.
Keep a look out for the big metal “16” attached to the building’s gray granite façade.
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