People live in Chinatown

Chinatown - The “Chinese City” in New York City

The “Chinese City” in New York is a must for tourists. It is the largest Chinatown in the United States and the cultural and political center of the Chinese in New York. It is the largest concentration of Chinese in the Western Hemisphere, with an estimated 70,000 to 150,000 permanent residents. Thousands of tourists are here every day.

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A strange world for tourists | Tickets for attractions and activities | History | Hotels, apartments and holiday homes


The core of Chinatown includes Canal, Mott, Pell and Doyers Streets on the southern edge of the Lower East Side. The neighborhood has grown more and more and has absorbed parts of Little Italy. The boundaries are Kenmore and Delancey Street in the north, East and Worth Street in the south, Allen Street in the east and Broadway in the west. The world in Chinatown is bright, colorful and lively, hopelessly overcrowded and sometimes shabby.

A strange world for tourists

The enclave is a strange world for the tourist with exotic shops in narrow streets, fruits and vegetables, living fish, crabs and mussels in the shop windows and red-stained ducks hung in the showcases of the restaurants. The labels are in Chinese and English. You feel like you are in another world. There are more than ten Buddhist temples in this area and even the telephone booths are designed as pagodas. Magnificent dragons, fans, lanterns and figures create an exotic atmosphere.

When the neon lights shine in the evening, the district is particularly beautiful. A visit is particularly recommended on weekends. Then the relatives from other parts of the city come to their families and life is particularly colorful. There should be at least 200 restaurants. If you like Chinese cuisine, you should definitely stop here. Especially at lunchtime there is often “dim sum”, a kind of Chinese fast food made up of individual snacks filled with shrimp, meat or vegetables, served hot and fresh. One helps oneself from the serving trolleys, which are constantly pushed through the rows of tables. You pay according to the number and type of plates you have taken. The price-performance ratio is still considered real here.

Chinese cuisine is generally one of the best in the world because, as a rule of poverty, the chefs understand how to conjure up delicious dishes from supposedly inferior ingredients. But there is no Chinese cuisine in the true sense of the word. What Europeans understand by this is Chinese food with a strong European influence. China's cuisine is as diverse as its regions. Traditional Chinese cuisine therefore differentiates between Cantonese, Szechuan, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hunan, etc. and often takes on Vietnamese and Malay influences as well. Cantonese cuisine is dominant, but Chinatown offers all regional characteristics. You can find restaurant recommendations on the Chinatown-online website. The 10 best dim sum restaurants in New York City are featured on the about.com website (served from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.).

Chinatown also offers plenty of shopping, especially tea, ginseng, furniture, china, clothing, and tinker items from Taiwan. All products from China can also be found here, especially ingredients for Chinese cuisine, of course. Chinatown-online offers recommendations for shopping in Chinatown.

Tickets for attractions and activities

Tickets for sights and activities in Chinatown can be found at www.getyourguide.de.

history

Nobody really knows when the first Chinese reached New York. The first Chinese are said to have been sailors who entered New York Bay on board a junk in 1847 and were an attraction due to their strangeness. About 25 years later, they were followed by Chinese migrant workers who were working on railroad construction in California or who came during the gold rush and were no longer needed. From the beginning, the Chinese settled where there were already Chinese. This was not least a consequence of the racial discrimination of the "foreign".

The world traveler J.J. Benjamin shortly after the gold rush: “In this country they deserve all condolences, because there they are treated worse than the dogs. If someone kills a Chinese man and robs him of his few hard-earned dollars, he has to face no punishment in advance, since no consideration is given to this nation in court, and no white man is inclined to pay a "heavenly inhabitant" in favor of the lost "heavenly inhabitant" To give testimony. In the mines, where thousands of Confucius' compatriots work, they do not have equal privilege, they are not allowed to work on routes that are profitable, and at the first attempt they are driven away by the cruelty of those who fly the flag of freedom hoist up their masts and draw the strangers to their banks with liberal decoy whistles. "

With the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882-1943) Washington D.C. tried to stop the further influx of Chinese into the USA. The Chinese were extremely unpopular, after all, they were willing to work harder and cheaper than other immigrants. The state reprisals were high: Immigration was only possible if a job was guaranteed and the immigration of women and children was generally prohibited, even for Chinese men who had lived in the USA for years. As a result of these restrictions, only around 40 to 150 women lived in Chinatown around 1900; the number of men was around 7,000. The consequence of this "Bachelor's Society" was the flourishing of prostitution and opium consumption.

It was not until the Second World War that living conditions eased and limited immigration was allowed. In the 1940s and 50s of the 20th century, the population grew slowly but steadily. With the increase in the immigration quota from 1968 onwards, Chinatown exploded. Today, land rents in Chinatown are among the highest in New York. The inflow of capital from Hong Kong also made a significant contribution to this. The population of Asian and Pacific descent has doubled in the past decade in New York, but is still around 7%, making it the city's smallest minority group.

Due to historical developments, the Chinese society is still a closed one. You had to help yourself and be prepared for all dangers. Chinatown has always been characterized by an internal self-organization, culturally, politically and socio-politically. It is, in a sense, a world of its own. So there are supposed to be people here who speak Chinese (Mandarin or similar), but not a word of English and have never seen the rest of the USA.

If you want to dig into the history of Chinatown, a visit to the Museum of Chinese in the Americas is recommended. You can also learn everything about rice culture and the 7 m long dragon weighs 1.5 tons. The street festivals on the occasion of the Chinese New Year (between January 21 and February 19) are a special attraction (Lunar New Year’s festival).

The beginning and end of the New Year celebrations do not fall on an annually recurring day in our calendar, but "vary". The reason is that the Chinese calendar is based on the lunar calendar and therefore in 2004, for example, the lunar year 4702. In 2004, the Chinese New Year festival begins on January 22nd according to our calendar and is the year of the "monkey". The Chinese astrological calendar is based on a 12-year lunar cycle and gives each year the name of an animal. The festival covers a period of 2 weeks and ends on the 15th day with the lantern festival.

New York City celebrates the festival in particular with the Manhattan Chinatown Parade, which basically takes the following course and usually takes place on the Sunday after the start of the New Year between 1 and 3 p.m. The parade begins on Mulberry Street (Columbus Park) - Canal St. - Mott St. - Chatham Sq. - East Broadway - Market St. - Division St. - Bowery - Canal St - and ends at Mulberry St. The highlight is always the dragon parade, there are also numerous other events in the districts.

The Museum of Chinese in the Americas provides background information and, under the heading “MoCAlender”, information on the dates of events. Further links on this subject can be found at gonyc.about.com. By the way: One of the top ten parades on the occasion of the Chinese New Year is the parade in San Francisco: the highlight here is a kite that is moved through the streets by 100 people. USATODAY offers a report on Chinatown in English under the heading "New York’s Chinatown: Food, shopping and the Year of the Rooster".

Hotels, apartments and holiday homes

Find hotels, apartments and vacation rentals in Chinatown at www.booking.com.