Secrets of Chinatown

 
  • Culture, Fashion, Historical, Walking Tours

  • 180 USD - Private Group Price

  • 2 Hours Duration

  • Your Private Guide: Stan O'Connor

  • Guide Language: English

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An intimate look at fashion, food, history and daily life of Manhattan's oldest immigrant district. Join me on this fantastic tour of Chinatown!

My Chinatown tour is unlike all the others. Chinatown is an old neighborhood, but it deserves more than merely to be walked through as a historic district. Due to me having married into a Chinatown family, my tour *also* goes into topics not usually mentioned in Chinatown tours, such as where to get your traditional haircut before Chinese New Year, where the locals eat and shop, and the long-established culture of gambling here.

We will stop in at two shops. One has an assortment of traditional Chinese ceramics, as well as many varieties of brightly colored cotton, satin and silk clothing items. The other features an Asian grocery, the latest cosmetics from Japan, and beautiful, colorful ceramicware from around the Far East.

We’ll see retired people in the park, playing cards, Go or mahjong. Experience the sounds of an erhu-banjo duo with a singer. (Tipping is encouraged. Tip-ping is not a city in China.)

Of course, you’ll hear the story of the old Five Points neighborhood, supposedly the most dangerous part of the city, 150 to 200 years ago. Right here, Americans of African, Irish, Dutch, English, German, Jewish and Italian descent lived together in peace and harmony.

Occasionally.

You’ll see the oldest Jewish cemetery in the USA, graves of American Revolution vets, and the Baptist church where the Irish Presbyterians and Catholics planned the city's first St. Patrick’s Day parade back in the 1750s.

Near the end of the tour, I’ll give out dining information and maybe even introduce you to my barber!

Read more about your guide: Stan O'Connor

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