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Chinatown New York City

As one of the five boroughs of New York City, Chinatown is home to both authentic Asian cuisine and cultural rituals unlike any of the other regions in the city. Home to the largest population of Chinese immigrants (about 300,000) in the Western hemisphere, this region of New York is a top tourist destination for those visiting the city.

How can you tell that you have reached Chinatown? The Kam Lau archway is located at Chatham Square and serves as a memorial to those Chinese Americans who died in World War II. Phone booths in this area resemble pagodas from ancient times, and most of the store signs and restaurant signs will be written in Chinese. There are many statues and memorials in the area that give praise to the long-lasting culture of the Chinese people.

The September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center greatly affected this borough, due to its close proximity to Ground Zero. After the attacks, one of the main links connecting the financial district to Chinatown, Park Row, was closed down. Tourism slowly begins to return to this area, however.

What to do in Chinatown? Shop for cheap handbags, purses, perfumes, and other in style fashion accessories. Bargain with vendors for the best price. Enjoy a whole day of authentic Chinese cuisine and learn a little about the history of China's culture.

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