If you want to get a taste for life in New York City then you might want to head to China Town, Manhattan. This part of the world is thought to have one of the biggest populations of Chinese immigrants in the western world. If you have visited another China Town elsewhere in the Unites States or indeed anywhere else in the western world, China Town, Manhattan will seem huge in comparison.
With approximately 100,000 people living and working here, you can be sure this part of New York has a lot of culture, heritage and excitement taking place on a daily basis.
A lot of visitors to New York come to China Town to sample the wonderful array of food that’s on offer. Here, you will find a wide variety of restaurants, fishmongers and greengrocers, which are well worth the visit. Even if all you want to do is take a look, please do, because it’s always good to learn about different cultures, especially one that goes back hundreds of thousands of years.
You will find some huge Chinese supermarkets here, and you can find a range of foods so large, you will not be disappointed. Visiting just one of these supermarkets is a must if you want to get an idea as to what the Chinese community eats. You will find a vast majority of the food sold here are not TV dinners, but good wholesome foods that take time to make. This ensures almost every dish is as fresh and as delicious as it can be.
With more than 200 restaurants in China Town, as well as providing the local community, and beyond with a vast range of freshly cooked food, they also employ many of the local residents too. Some of the best restaurants include Amazing 66, Jing Fong, New Green Bo and Joe’s Shanghai.
If you would like to learn a bit more about Chinese culture, you can always head to the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). Found at 215 Centre St., this museum houses a permanent exhibition that tells the exciting and turbulent history of Chinese people in the United States. Re-opened in 2009, and with free admission on Thursdays, you can enjoy a wide range of exhibits, including a few relatively unknown facts about Bruce Lee, which is sure to please a lot of his fans and admirers. With some interactive exhibits and a calm atmosphere, a trip to the Museum of Chinese in America is definitely worth a visit.
Columbus Park, which can be found between Bayard and Worth Streets, and between Mulberry Street and Hogan Place and Baxter Street will help to give you an understanding of the diversity of the Chinese community and the day to day life in the local area. Here, you can expect to see a lot of people either playing cards, practicing Tai Chi, and so much more. Why not get your fortune told and watch a game of football while you’re here. There’s something in Columbus Park for everyone, no matter where you’re from.
This article was written by Rachel Jones, a globe hopping adventurer that loves to experience new traditions, within existing cultures. Whenever Rachel is travelling to New York, she always uses Nycvacationrentalsonline.com and she recommends you do too.