New York’s Chinatown Walking Tour
Very few neighborhoods encapsulate the diversity and international draw of New York City like Chinatown. Interestingly enough, this neighborhood sits in the place of a former famous neighborhood in New York, the Five Points, immortalized in the book and film “Gangs of New York.” A relatively new phenomenon in the city, Chinatown is still growing. Join Free Tours by Foot for a peek into this ongoing chapter in New York City’s rich immigrant history.
As part of the tour, you will see the restaurants and stores that make up the everyday life here. You will be approached by street vendors selling everything from exotic fruits to questionable brand-name handbags. You will also get a chance to pass through important neighborhood centers like Columbus Park, where Chinese men and women congregate to talk about local happenings and play their card and board games.
All of the sites and stops in Chinatown will paint a picture that will make the world feel small while at the same time remind you of just how big it really is.
Here are the sites that will be covered on the tour:
- Columbus Park
- Church of Transfiguration
- Nom Wah Tea Parlor
- Chatham Square
- Shearith Israel Cemetery
- Kimlau Memorial Arch
- Edward Mooney House
- Manhattan Bridge Entrance
- Mott Street Market
- Mahayana Buddhist Temple
- Museum of Chinese in Americas
Reservations: This tour currently runs as a private tour only.
Where: Tour departs from the intersection of Canal and Baxter Streets (map).
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Approximately 1.5 miles (2k) in distance.
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for every budget.
Language: Tour is in English.