Boston's Chinatown is a great place to wander. The Paifang welcomes you into Chinatown. We walked under the arch and explored the sights and smells of Chinatown. There are so many shops, markets and restaurants in Chinatown with some delicious smells of food eminating from their doors. Chinatown doesn't just have Chinese food but Japanese, Vietnames and even Thai food options. Along many of the streets there are statues of Imperial Guardian Foo Dogs. The Chung Wah Hong Market is in full swing in the early morning and there were many people rushing along the streets to go do their shopping.
Liz and I enjoyed our walk through Chinatown and the many sights along the way.
i checked their website called filmsatthegate.org and they announce they're showing new films on Sept. 3-8,2008 from 7:30-10:30. It's absolutely free! It showed some really cool films one of them starring Jackie Chan. Yeah!! Go Jackie! Last year, I went there and it's packed with families and it was a beautiful night. Watching the film and smelling the popcorn. It was fun. and it's free. And of course watching Jackie Chang on screen!
I went on a Chinatown Walking Tour given by the Chinatown Walking Tour Collective. It was really cool because they told us about the history and culture of the area from the buildings and streets and library to the park and restaurants. It was really fascinating to hear about stuff that you never know if you were just walking through the streets. I always went to Chinatown to eat, and now I know that it's not just about the food.
It was also pretty reasonable at $15/person which is cheaper than other walking tours in the city.
A visit to Chinatown is a must for those who love a great dim sum on a weekend morning. Dim Sum are mouth-size steaming dumpling or wrappings of seafood, chicken, pork or vegetables served in small baskets with a pot of tea popular in Hong Kong and Southern China.
In Chinatown, you can shop also for groceries and spices and medicines from China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia.
What I was surprised at my first dinner in a Chinatown restaurant was that fortune cookies and ice cream or sherbet were served at the end of the meals. Something you will never see in Asia. Obviously an American invention.
Like in most major American cities, the Chinatowns are in the "seedier" part of town. In Boston, it is at the "Combat Zone" - red light district. But just ignore the surrounding bright lights and enjoy your Chinese eating and shopping.
Chinatown is located in downtown Boston, centered on Beach Street. The area where you can find most of Asian restaurants like Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, etc. Chinatown is also known for having a number of restaurants that stay open late on weekends (3 or 4 AM).
It is a very dense district. Somewhat "dirty" and not exactly the safest area at night. I recommend walking in groups if you're planning to swing by there at night to chow down some good food. Stay away from those tiny alleys and try to walk where it's well-lit. Can't stress that enough!
A great place to eat & buy Chinese snacks! Come here to eat dim sum (brunch) or dinner. Boston`s Chinatown is very small & if you blink going by you`ll miss it!! There are lots of restaurants & shops to buy souvenirs though. The restaurants, although this is Chinatown, are not all Chinese. You can find various kinds of Asian food here besides Chinese: Japanese, Malaysian, Korean, Thai, & Vietnamese.
The weekends can get crowded so be aware.
Boston's authentic Chinatown lies wedged into just a few square blocks between the Financial and Theater districts, but it makes up in activity what it lacks in size. Just lean against a pagoda-topped payphone on the corner of Beach and Tyler streets - the neighborhood's two liveliest thoroughfares - and watch the way life here revolves around the food trade at all hours. By day, merchants barter in Mandarin and Cantonese over the going price of produce; by night, Bostonians arrive in droves to nosh in Chinatown's restaurants. Continue walking down either street, and you'll pass most of the restaurants, bakeries and markets in whose windows you'll see the usual complement of roast ducks hanging from hooks and aquariums filled with future seafood dinners. The heart of Chinatown contains little in the way of sights, and the atmosphere is best enjoyed by wandering around with no particular destination in mind.
There are a few important landmarks, such as the impressive Chinatown Gate, a three-story red-and-gilt monolith guarded by four Fu dogs at the intersection of Hudson and Beach streets, a gift from Taiwan in honor of Chinatown's centennial. Adjacent Tian An Men Park provides a place to rest, but it's poorly kept, generally littered with trash and inhabited by fearsomely aggressive pigeons. See my Travelogue for photos of the gate and peking duck.
Bustling and filled with savoury aromas, Boston's dense, crowded Chinatown is a mecca for the city's dim sum lovers as well as home to a large percentage of its Asian population. Housing, restaurants, offices, skyscrapers, freeways, shops, and, of course, tons of people coexist in this little sliver of central Boston that ebbs (like the tide that once lapped nearby) with life- endlessly and tirelessly. Deliveries are 24 hours a day, movie posters are in 10 different languages, and community activism trumpets the demands of the area's residents. Fresh from their reclamation of the Combat Zone, a former racy part of the city mainly dissipated now, the multicultural Asian residents of Chinatown are faced with luury condos nearby threatening the stability of their rent- and their neighbourhood's tenure.
Bostons' Chinatown is very enjoyable. I love the decor, architecture & food.
My children love the Chinatown Bakeries and Markets. If you're on a budget this can be a cheaper form of sightseeing but, one they can also TASTE!!!!!!!! Just be prepared for many questions......
Chinatown is a thriving business district right downtown. There are Asian restaurants & shops galore! There is also a high concentration of textile shops with excellent prices.
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