Sightseeing in Manhattan the Sixth: Chinatown

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Today I am going to show you pictures of our visit to Chinatown. On the map you can see where it is situated in Manhattan.

Map from Google

Unlike most other urban Chinatowns, Manhattan's Chinatown is both a residential area as well as commercial area.

"Welcome to Chinatown"

Chinatown is ahome to the largest enclave of Chinese people in the Western Hemisphere.

With an estimated population of 90,000 to 100,000 people, Manhattan's Chinatown is also one of the oldest ethnic Chinese enclaves outside of Asia. Historically it was primarily populated by Cantonese speakers. However, in the 1980s-90s, large numbers of Chinese Min Dong-speaking immigrants also arrived, which placed more importance on learning and speaking the official Chinese language, Mandarin, because many Mingdong speakers also often speak Mandarin, and many Cantonese speakers now also speak Mandarin to communicate.

The Manhattan Chinatown is one of nine Chinatown neighborhoods in New York City. In addition, it is one of twelve in the New York metropolitan area, which contains the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia, enumerating an estimated 779,269 individuals as of 2013; the remaining Chinatowns are located in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn and in Nassau County, all on Long Island in New York State; as well as in Edison and Parsippany-Troy Hills in New Jersey. (Source: Wikipedia)

We passed many laundromat stores. Chinese and washing businesses reminds me to the old Wild West movies, where often the Chinese washed the laundry in gigantic pots... I think that's why I related to all the laundromats in Chinatown.

Chinese green grocers and fishmongers are clustered around Mott Street, Mulberry Street, Canal Street, and all along East Broadway. The Chinese jewelers' district is on Canal Street between Mott and Bowery. Due to the high savings rate among Chinese, there are many Asian and American banks in the neighborhood. Canal Street, west of Broadway, is filled with street vendors selling knock-off brands of perfumes, watches, and handbags. This section of Canal Street was previously the home of warehouse stores selling surplus/salvage electronics and hardware. (Source: Wikipedia)

How about some Peking Duck?

You can pick the one that looks the best for you.

The sidewalks are tight in the streets of Chinatown as the vendors put many tables with goods in front of their stores. You can see so many boxes with dried mushrooms, herbs etc.

I think the box in the middle on on the right side have dried seaweed.

This is dried fish.

And for shrimp and mussel lovers there are piles of dried seafood as well.

Very often there is also a seller with the stand in front of the stores so that people can buy right on the street without even stepping into the store.

Look who I found underneath the vegetable table. :-)

We also passed many stores that sell scarves, purses and all that random stuff that nobody really needs, but somehow it's still nice to have. There is really so much going on in Chinatown. Crowds of people. Above all Chinese that are going for grocery shopping. Also tourists, but not as many as normal people that buy what they need for cooking. Also there are many smells in the air - imagine all the restaurant where you smell fried noodles, but then also the fresh fish stands where you feel like standing at a fish market.

When we passed the jewelers' district I saw those super big and heavy gold necklaces and bracelets. Quite impressive!

I really wondered what those two piglets that are holding a heart with a dragon mean? Very interesting the Chinese culture and I am usually so clueless about it. As you know my church has mainly Asian-Americans, but more Koreans than Chinese. But there are a handful Chinese and I asked my friend Nancy what this necklace is for. She said they are for brides on their wedding days. The pigs mean fortune and the dragons good luck. She also received a similar necklace from her family to wear on her wedding day.

The Buddhist Temple.

My sister was so cool when we were in Chinatown. She said when she is there then she also wants to try some original Chinese food. Haha, I had all my weight gaining fears, but she was right! When you are there you have to use the moment!

We've been to the Wonton Noodel Garden and were happy to get a table amidst the busy crowds in the restaurant. People everywhere!

At the beginning we got some tea and had time to study the menu.

Practically it had many pictures so that we could more easily decide what to take. Of course there was also text in Chinese and English. 

We decided to not take something that drips grease, but to go more with steamed things. We had steamed shrimp and pork dumplings (left side), steamed Cantonese roast pork buns (right side). My favourite were the dumplings! Very tasty!

And then we also got vegetarian rolls and shared one (the second we brought as a leftover for Daniel). Well we took something fried, because in Germany the most typical Chinese food are vegetarian rolls. We call them spring rolls. Well, those rolls weren't that good. They were just too greasy for my personal taste. I don't know if it used to be like this in Germany. It was so long ago that I had one. I usually don't eat fried food like this anymore and my body might be not used to so much grease anymore... but that's just a gigantic MAYBE. I think I sound more "healthy eating" than I actually am. Hehe. ;-)

That was our trip to Chinatown and Little Italy. Those two neighborhoods can be easily walked. When you are there you should try some food! That is even possible when you want to lose weight - you just have to make smart food choices. ;-)

I am really getting hungry by seeing all those food pics!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

Love, Kati

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