Here are some things to check out when in New York’s Chinatown
Whether you’re an Asian-food lover or have a particular interest in the history of the Empire of the Sun, New York’s Chinatown has a bit for everyone!
1. The Museum of Chinese in America: If you’re looking to learn more about the history of Chinese immigrants in America, this museum – founded in 1980 – will have the information you’re looking for. It also demonstrates the growth and success of the Chinese population and how it contributed to the United States. The temporary exhibitions have a wide range, including photography and projections.
2. Columbus Park: Located in the heart of Chinatown, the park offers activities such as tai chi and/or kung fu on the grass lawns. You’ll be able to observe Asian card players and masters of Mah-jong on the tables. But worry not, there are also spots to relax and courts to play volley, basketball, baseball and even soccer.
3. The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory: It’s a family-owned ice cream factory that puts a twist on regular American ice cream, by adding in Chinese flavours. They mix typical flavours with a couple of exotic tastes, such as sesame, green tea or just Chinese almonds (and more).
4. Mei Li Wah Bakery: The locals’ fan favourite bakery is opened since 1968 and offers roast pork buns, tofu pudding, salty pancakes and more! You can sit in a booth or take it to go, but make sure to try at least one typical snack from the bakery.
5. Aji Ichiban: A snack shop that originated in Honk Kong, where anyone with a sweet tooth for Asian snacks can find their wishes. The shop sells a large assortment of dried goods, including fruits, nuts, ginger, and jerky, as well as wasabi peas, Japanese rice crackers, shredded squid, and cuttlefish. Luckily for hungry customers, the shop has a pretty liberal policy about in-store sampling.
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