Chinatown travel guide

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The world's largest Chinatown

With colorful awnings printed in both English and Chinese characters, the brine-y smell of fresh fish markets, crowds packing Canal Street shoulder-to-shoulder and a rainbow of Asian languages spilling onto the sidewalk, Chinatown packs a one-two punch on the senses. It is a dense neighborhood like no other because unlike many other Chinatowns, this actually serves as the home for the majority of NYC's Chinese population. As a result, some of the best Chinese food in the city can be found here, along with regional specialties such as Shanghai soup dumplings and Hong Kong's dim sum. Other Asian populations have also settled in the neighborhood, and Vietnamese and Thai restaurants are increasing in number. Chinatown's Canal Street is a tourist paradise for fake designer goods and bootleg DVD's, but things settle down significantly as you head along side streets.

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  • Ir calle Mott street
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  • For a cheaper, more authentic experience, avoid the crowded tourist spots with their fancy signs, and visit a noodle or dumpling house where the locals eat.
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  • Das beste Dim-Sum-Restaurant, in dem ich je gegessen hab, ist das "Jing Fong" in Chinatown. Eine riesige Halle!
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  • Tired of Manhattan's slick, modern exteriors? Heck, just plain tired of the United States? Cross Canal Street in downtown Manhattan and find yourself worlds away from anything familiar. Hit Pearl River Mart on West Broadway to score some terrific Chinese goods and Mott street for delicious authentic Chinese eats (sacks of delicious potstickers and griddle cakes for $1!). The madness on Canal Street is your one-stop shop for "designer" goods (we won't tell anyone), and if you head over early enough, you can catch elderly Chinese men practicing Tai Chi in the park. .
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    It's always fascinating to stroll through Chinatown, and it really feels a bit different. Here is where you find authentic Chinese restaurants! Dim Sum Brunch is worth trying!
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    Cool place for shopping!!!!
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  • lots of good cheap shopping! knock off purses! haggle the vendors. they will usuallt negotiate price on anything!
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  • New York's Chinatown is like a fast teleporter right into China's mainland!
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