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New York City Chinatown Tours

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New York City Chinatown
Home to 95,000 people, New York City’s Chinatown is one of the largest and oldest ethnic Chinese enclaves in the United States. The Manhattan neighborhood offers a heady blend of restaurants, cafés, sidewalk food stalls, street vendors, and traditional herbal medicine shops. Round out the Chinatown experience at its museums and temples.

The Basics
Chinatown offers something for nearly everyone. Bargain for not-quite-right perfumes and handbags, dine on dim sum at an authentic Chinese tea house, shop for exotic Chinese antiques, find unusual ingredients in the Asian food markets to cook pork buns at home, and discover more than 150 years of history and culture at the Museum of Chinese in America and the city’s largest Buddhist temple. Columbus Park is a great place for a picnic after grabbing food from a street vendor.

Guided food tours are an excellent way to explore Chinatown. A Chinatown food tour includes an in-the-know tour guide who will show visitors around the neighborhood's best food options, from popular restaurants to hidden stalls. Private or small-group tours often combine routes in Chinatown and the adjacent neighborhoods of SoHo and Little Italy.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Chinatown is a great place to practice your Cantonese or Mandarin; there is also an increasing number of Fuzhounese-speaking residents.
  • For a dim sum meal, unless you have a party large enough to fill a traditional oversized table, expect to share a communal table with other diners.
 
How to Get There
New York’s Chinatown is centered on Canal Street, the Bowery, Worth Street, and Baxter Street, and is bordered by Tribeca, Two Bridges, the Lower East Side, and Little Italy. Take the B or D subway and get off at Grand Street. The M9, M15, and M103 MTA buses traverse the neighborhood as well.

When to Get There
As is the rest of the City That Never Sleeps, Chinatown is always abuzz with some kind of activity, day or night. If you’re in search of a dim sum meal, you’ll find the freshest and best selection in the morning (as dim sum is typically eaten for breakfast).

Shopping in Chinatown
Next to eating, the best Big Apple Chinatown experience is shopping. Stroll your way down Canal Street between Broadway and Mulberry Street for the best stretch of sidewalk shopping, including knock-offs of all shapes, styles, and sizes. Other popular stops include Chinese candy stores, the enormous Asian groceries, and herbal medicine shops.
Address: Canal Street, 10013, USA
Admission: Free
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New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off TourBus Tours

New York City All Around Town Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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A hop-on hop-off New York bus tour allows you to see the city at your own pace and provides easy transportation to top sights. Entertaining tour guides keep you informed when you’re on board, and you can hop off and on the distinctive double-decker tour buses when you wish to check out attractions like the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center. There are several options and combos to choose from with access to the Uptown Loop, Downtown Loop, Brooklyn Loop and Night Tour, or upgrade to add attractions to your tour!
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New York City at Night Bus TourHalf-day Tours

New York City at Night Bus Tour

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Experience New York, the ‘city that never sleeps,’ magically lit up after dark during this guided evening tour of the city by bus. Begin with a short nighttime stroll along the city’s famous High Line Park, then hop on a bus for a ride past illuminated landmarks like Times Square, Rockefeller Center, and the neighborhoods of SoHo and Chinatown, and take a short walk through Grand Central Terminal.
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3 New York Neighborhoods Small-Group Tour : SoHo, Chinatown and Little ItalyHistorical Tours

3 New York Neighborhoods Small-Group Tour : SoHo, Chinatown and Little Italy

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New York City is so big, it can be difficult to fit everything into one visit. This tour makes seeing NYC’s most interesting neighborhoods—SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown—in one day easy. In SoHo, visit the historic Cast Iron District, and learn about 19th-century architecture. In Little Italy, see mob sites, and hear about John Gotti, an American mobster. In Chinatown, see top highlights and where get the best bargain.
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New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing TourDay Cruises

New York in One Day Guided Sightseeing Tour

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Make the most of your time in the city that never sleeps on a guided tour of NYC’s top attractions. Travel by both boat (seasonal) and bus as you swing by the 9/11 Memorial, Central Park, Rockefeller Center and more. Then hop aboard a luxury boat for a sightseeing cruise past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, complete with stunning views of the world-famous skyline and Brooklyn Bridge.
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Chinatown and Little Italy Food FestHalf-day Tours

Chinatown and Little Italy Food Fest

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Tuck into the flavors and traditions of two of New York's top foodie neighborhoods on this Chinatown and Little Italy food tour. While exploring these neighborhoods can be overwhelming on your own, traveling with a guide enables you to focus on the food rather than worrying about getting lost. Plus, the guide takes you to off-the-beaten-path establishments where you can sample items such as homemade mozzarella and dim sum.
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SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

SoHo, Little Italy and Chinatown Walking Tour

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Pack highlights of New York City’s most interesting neighborhoods—SoHo, Little Italy, and Chinatown—all into one day with this walking tour. In SoHo, visit the Cast Iron Historic District and learn about 19th-century architecture. In Little Italy, see mob sites and hear about John Gotti, an American mobster. In Chinatown, soak up the sights, smells, and sounds of the neighborhood.
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NYC Chinatown Food TourCulinary & Gourmet Tour

NYC Chinatown Food Tour

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New York City’s Chinatown offers some of the best food in the US, but if you don’t know the spots to go to, you could seriously miss out. This NYC Chinatown food tour takes you to both popular eateries and hidden gems to try yummy food, and learn about the area’s history. Plus, this tour runs with only eight people most, so you get personalized attention from your guide.
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New York Double-Decker Bus Night TourBus Tours

New York Double-Decker Bus Night Tour

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See New York City shine in all its glory on this illuminating night tour. From aboard an open-top double-decker bus, see the lights and evening activity of Times Square, Greenwich Village, SoHo, the Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and more. Savor incredible panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline at night.
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NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group TourHalf-day Tours

NYC Lower East Side Food and Culture Small-Group Tour

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From stroopwafel to mozzarella to knishes; there are many amazing eats on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. On this small-group walking tour, discover the neighborhood's diverse cultural heritage and learn how its immigration history has influenced its dynamic foodie scene. Along the way, visit markets, bakeries, and restaurants, and sample delicacies from all around the world.
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NYC Stories from the Dark Side with an NYPD GuideCultural Tours

NYC Stories from the Dark Side with an NYPD Guide

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Learn tales of Manhattan’s historical organized crime that most people never hear on this walking tour. Meet your guide—a retired New York City police officer or detective—and walk to once crime-ridden locations in Chinatown, the Lower East Side, and Wall Street. Visit crime sites, hear stories of gang warfare, crime rings, and the Mafia; and discover how, and to what extent, today’s city has cleaned up its act.
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Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, and Little Italy Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Brooklyn Bridge, Chinatown, and Little Italy Walking Tour

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The history of New York City is a history of immigration, and no part of the city better reflects this diverse past than Lower Manhattan. To better understand this essential piece of the city's history, travelers shouldn't miss this guided walking tour around Chinatown and Little Italy. As you wander, learn about immigration to New York, hear about brutal downtown gangs, and experience the shameful legacy of slavery at the African Burial Ground National Monument.
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Chinatown, Five Points and Little Italy Walking TourCultural Tours

Chinatown, Five Points and Little Italy Walking Tour

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Take a walking tour of three of Manhattan’s most storied neighborhoods with an informative guide. Perfect for first-time visitors and anyone who loves New York history, this fully-narrated excursion offers a fascinating overview of Little Italy, Chinatown, and Five Points. Hear about the various groups of immigrants who settled here and learn about the political and social influences they’ve had on the city.
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Private Tour of Soho, Chinatown, and Little ItalyPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour of Soho, Chinatown, and Little Italy

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Explore the history of three well-known neighborhoods in Manhattan on a New York City walking tour. Your informative guide shares the highlights of Soho, Chinatown, and Little Italy, giving you a glimpse of each district's history, culture, and landmarks.
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Chinatown Food Tour and Historic Downtown Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Chinatown Food Tour and Historic Downtown Walking Tour

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This Chinatown food and historic Downtown walking tour is the perfect way for first-time travelers to explore neighborhoods in Lower Manhattan and make the most of their time in the city. Learn about the culture, traditions, and landmarks of New York City's Chinatown, and sample some delicacies from local shops. Then, wind your way through historic Downtown, where you'll see Stone Street, the oldest neighborhood in Manhattan.
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Private New York City Tour by Classic ConvertibleBus Tours

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Private New York City Tour by Classic Convertible

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Experience New York City in serious style by seeing it from the window of a classic car. Hop in the convertible 1971 Buick Skylark GS and let your guide regale you with interesting tales and facts about New York City as you cruise past some of the legendary landmarks and sites of the city.
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New York City Tour with Driver-Guide and Separate Guide Option

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Explore New York City at your own pace on a private tour that lets you customize your itinerary. Your personal guide helps you to craft your dream journey around NYC, making this trip a rewarding adventure for everyone from first-time visitors to NYC regulars. Plus, while many tours have one driver/guide, on this trip you can choose a separate guide and driver so you can ensure your guide’s full attention.
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New York City Sightseeing Tour by CoachHalf-day Tours

New York City Sightseeing Tour by Coach

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See as much as you can in fast-moving New York on this comprehensive 5-hour coach sightseeing tour of the Big Apple’s top attractions. Listen to live commentary as you tackle NYC from top to bottom, starting with Uptown highlights like Harlem and the Dakota (once home to John Lennon) before heading towards downtown. After admiring the Flatiron and Empire State Buildings, catch a glimpse of Greenwich Village and Soho and beholding the Brooklyn Bridge. Make sure to watch for the new World Trade Center as you head back to Herald Square.
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New York Tour by Subway and Bus with Private GuideHalf-day Tours

New York Tour by Subway and Bus with Private Guide

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Avoid group excursions packed with tourists and instead discover New York City like a local on a private tour by subway and bus. While the city can be intimidating to explore on your own, on this tour a personal guide leads the way to top attractions and historic landmarks. That way, you don’t have to worry about navigating the public transportation systems and hectic streets.
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Private Full-Day New York City Tour with Friendly Local GuideDay Trips

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Private Full-Day New York City Tour with Friendly Local Guide

Explore New York City's top attractions on a private tour that features top attractions and the chance to taste classics like New York-style pizza and high-quality coffee (own expense). Visit Central Park, Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Grand Central Terminal, the Broadway theater district, and the 9/11 Memorial, and get photo ops of the Brooklyn Bridge. Finish your tour at the One World Observatory observation deck, which offers a bird's-eye perspective over the Big Apple. Entrance fees are not included on this tour.
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New York City 1-Day or 2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour

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Enjoy a full day of New York City sightseeing with this 24-hour hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tour. Cruise the city with three neighborhood loops—including uptown, downtown, and Brooklyn—and hop off to explore top attractions like Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Empire State Building. Whether you pack it all into a 1-day adventure, or upgrade for the multi-day pass that includes a cruise, night tour, access to all three loops, and entrance to one of two museums you can be sure to see more and do more with this citywide tour.
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Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown Private TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Soho, Little Italy, Chinatown Private Tour

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Take a private 3-hour walking tour in Manhattan that visits Soho, Little Italy, and Chinatown. Your private guide shares information about the landmarks, restaurants, shops, and history of each neighborhood.
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Private Immigrant New York: Lower East Side, Chinatown & Little Italy Food TourHalf-day Tours

Private Immigrant New York: Lower East Side, Chinatown & Little Italy Food Tour

Take a walk in their footsteps and explore the tenements of the Lower East Side, the bustling streets of Chinatown and the iconic heart of Little Italy. Explore America’s great melting pot: learn about the rich cultural diversity and history of the Lower East Side through delicious food. The streets of the Lower East Side tell the tales of struggling immigrants, Eastern Europeans, Russians, Germans, and Puerto Ricans, who came to America in search of opportunity. They brought with them recipes from the ‘old world’ and you can still taste these foods today. From historic synagogues to street art and trendy food markets, your knowledgeable guide will provide amazing stories and an insider’s look at how these foods are made and what they mean to the cultures they represent. Your guide will point out interesting architectural flourishes and parks and discuss the history of the neighborhood and the ethnic groups that influenced the scrumptious foods you’ll be savoring.
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One Day NYC Highlights Walking Tour with optional Empire State Building TicketsHalf-day Tours

One Day NYC Highlights Walking Tour with optional Empire State Building Tickets

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If you're only in New York for a short time, tick off multiple Big Apple highlights in a matter of hours on a small-group walking tour. Venture to Wall Street, visit the 9/11 Memorial, and ascend the world-famous Empire State Building. Continue to Chinatown and Little Italy, hop the subway to Greenwich Village (own expense), journey up to Grand Central Terminal, see the Chrysler Building, and Times Square.
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New York Limousine 6 hours Tour in New York city. Luxury MKT Stretch Limousine.Bus Tours

New York Limousine 6 hours Tour in New York city. Luxury MKT Stretch Limousine.

For busy people, short time in the city 6 hours of tours could be useful. Visit the most famous parts of the New York City in three hours in the Stretch MKT Limousine . We have a pre made list for NYC attraction to visit. Or you can prepare your list. We are happy to help you visit the attractions of your choice.
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