nyc tours 

After your tour, we recommend sticking around and experiencing some of the culture first-hand. There are so many things to do in Chinatown that we could never name them all. But here are a few of our personal favorite things to do in Chinatown:

  • Eat some dim sum
  • Sip on some hot tea or grab a bubble tea
  • Get an inexpensive massage or acupuncture treatment
  • Be a little adventurous and try a new exotic fruit from a street vendor
  • Buy knock-offs on Canal Street. Remember to always negotiate prices
  • Join in on a Tai Chi class at Columbus Park
  • Check out the Chinese New Year Parade – Jan/Feb
  • Browse through hundreds of gift shops
  • Visit the Museum of Chinese in America
  • Hang out in Columbus Park – listen to music, watch the games and just relax

Find Other Cool Stuff to Do in Chinatown…

New York City changes constantly. These sites have their fingers on the pulse of the city and can point you in the right direction based on your interests or introduce you to unique NYC experiences you never would have thought of:

Time Out New York
Rundown NYC
New York Times Event Guide
Zagat Restaurant Lists

Get excited about Chinatown before you even arrive…

There’s nothing like a good book or classic movie to get you inspired about Chinatown. It doesn’t have to be anything serious, or even all that authentic. We’ve put together a list of a few of our favorites to get you started.  We’ve also included links to some local blogs so you can get the latest information about the neighborhood and find out what bars, restaurants and shopping are hot at the moment. This isn’t meant to be list of serious literature that represents Chinatown or Chinese culture. It’s just fun.

Movieseat a bowl of tea

The Joy Luck Club
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Hero, Kung Fu Hustle
Eat a Bowl of Tea

Year of the Dragon

Fiction Books

Eat a Bowl of Tea – Louis Chu
Chinatown Beat – Henry Chang

Non-Fiction Books

Encyclopedia of New York City – Kenneth T. Jackson
Born to Kill: The Rise and Fall of America’s Bloodiest Gang – T.J. English
Five Points – Tyler Anbinder

Cool Local Blogs

Scouting NY
Me So Hungry