New York's Chinatown is a cultural haven full of ancient and exotic traditions, and a huge amount of restaurants. This ... More
New York's Chinatown is a cultural haven full of ancient and exotic traditions, and a huge amount of restaurants. This bustling and crowded neighborhood is home to over half of the city's Chinese population. In the grocery stores and fruit stands, you will find many food items available nowhere else in the city, from exotic fruit and vegetables to live snails and dried shrimp. Excellent Thai, Vietnamese, and Korean restaurants have joined the mix. Every lunar new year, the streets are filled with the hubbub of the Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade.
Coming from a small town in the midwest, this place was much like you see in the movies. Street vendors, people everywhere, lots of knock-off handbag vendors. If your are willing to negotiate, bargains are everywhere! Come before lunch, shop, eat and then shop some more! Definitely leave the kids at home for this one. NO sidewalk room for strollers and big crowds, though.
When I visited New York the first time, I did not go to Chinatown. Once I returned home, several people had asked if I went. I told them that I did not and they thought I was crazy. They had me believe I missed out on something. When I returned to New York a year later, I went to Chinatown and I didn't see what all of they hype was about. It was dirty, overcrowded, and I didn't see any merchandise that interested me. Defiantly not any that was worth the crowd and filth.
We made the mistake of walking through Chinatown on our way to Little Italy. Never again. The streets were not only beyond crowded (we had to actually walk in the street at some points) but they were filthy as well. We live in San Francisco where our Chinatown is relatively clean in comparison. Whatever you do, avoid this area unless you're into dirt. Yuk.
I went to a specific Chinatown store and asked the merchant if I could change my clothes to the ones I bought at his store. He agreed and I saw the name brand emblems all over the shelves in the back of the store and realized that I do not actually have the name brand items I thought I was getting at discounted prices. Phoney, Phoney, Phoney!!!!!
It was nice to see Chinatown, but I never knew how dirty it was. The streets were packed with people trying to sell anything they could, it actually got really annoying fighting through the crowd and getting hassled. I don't think I will ever go back.
As a native New Yorker I can tell you that China Town is one filthy disgusting area. Its over crowded like you can't even imagine and the place is so dirty it makes you want to throw your shoes away when you go home. It's not what many of you might imagine, its not like a Chinese Disneyland. Its a heavily populated business district. God, its so disgusting there its not even funny. If you never visit it you will be better off.
China town needs to be a better area. The need to be right givers instead of right deniers. They need to be cordial rather then discordialThey need to be nice rather then not nice. They need to be considerate not inconsiderate
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