South of Canal Street lies bustling Chinatown, which has over the years expanded into the Lower East Side and Little Italy.
The largest Asian community in North America can be found among the narrow streets between Worth and Hester and East Broadway and West Broadway; its main street is Canal Street.
Frequent festivals and parades (especially during the January and February Chinese New Year celebrations, when paper puppet dragons, firecrackers, and beating drums rule the streets!), as well as the galleries and curio shops create a glorious celebration of Chinese culture.
Within these boundaries, you'll find traditional Chinese herbal-medicine shops, acupuncturists, food markets filled with amazing varieties of fish and exotic vegetables, funky pagoda-style buildings, stores selling all manner of items from beautiful jewelry and silk robes to hair accessories and plumbing parts, and hundreds of restaurants serving every imaginable type of Chinese cuisine, from dim sum to fried noodles to extravagant Cantonese, Hunan, Mandarin, or Szechuan banquets.
The many signs in Chinese, the music pouring into the streets from open windows, the delicious smells from the restaurants, noodle shops and tea houses packed side by side, and the sound of the language swirling around you make it easy to feel like you've flown half way around the world in the short time it took to get downtown.
For a unique glimpse
into the secret world of Dragons,
peek in the window of Canal Street Electronics
where famed dragon master Luong Lao Shi
can be spied training his grandson Jake
under cover of this seemingly innocent electronics shop.
More information on Chinatown:
Chinatown Promotion & Tourism Association
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