Venture through Chinatown to discover a shopping experience within another culture! Existing within New York City, the area making up Chinatown is rich in history. Within its boundaries is the infamous crossroads formerly known as Five Points, an area where early street gangs shed the blood of their rivals. The Chinese culture overshadows the dangers that once usurped these streets; however, tourists today may engage in criminal activity without realizing it.
Chinatown shops and street vendors sell souvenirs, make-up, and clothing and accessories that appeal to both Western and Oriental tastes. Some sell nothing but chopsticks in every color and style imaginable! On the streets and in the stores, you will be able to find gadgets, tea, Chinese health remedies, and other ethnic items. Be wary of who you are purchasing from. Illegal peddlers are most likely in the area. Parts of Chinatown are notorious for selling knock-offs or counterfeits of name brands, which is illegal.
As you shop throughout Chinatown, you will notice many signs – including street signs – are written in both English and Chinese. Enjoy the scenery featuring cultural flags, sculptures, events and special ceremonies. The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, a multicultural festival attracts tourists in August. Festival features include lion and dragon dancers, singers, and other performers.