Spanning the area between South Station and the Boston Common, Chinatown is filled with many Chinese immigrants and their bus... More
Spanning the area between South Station and the Boston Common, Chinatown is filled with many Chinese immigrants and their businesses. There are numerous Chinese restaurants as well as bakeries and teahouses. In addition, there are Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese restaurants in the neighborhood. Specialty shops sell everything from medicinal dried roots and herbs to fine jade jewelry. Food markets sell fresh fish, hard-to-find Asian vegetables and even live poultry. The traditional Chinatown Gate—paifang is flanked by foo lions on each side to ward off evil. Foo lions are believed to ward off evil and are popularly known as guardian lions usually seen at the entrance of important buildings and establishments.
I go to Chinatown about once a month, as I am chinese. Please note that Chinatown (walkways) is VERY dirty. Beware of the alleys... they smell awful! However some restaurants are very well-kept and a great quality in general. The dim sum at China Pearl is very good. Try some Pho, it's noodle soup which usually costs around $5. They have buses which go from Boston to New York that cost $10 (one way), I have not personally been on one so I cannot really comment on that. There are some stores which sell oriental foods, try some of the exotic foods there! They sell many VCD's, so if you happen to buy a disc and think that it's very cheap, it may be a VCD! A VCD is not as good of quality (or interactive) as DVD's and not compatible with all DVD players s are so check if yours is VCD compatible- I believe it may say MPEG or VCD. IF you buy some Asian products, make sure to check on the return policy, and some small asian stores (not markets) with few employees will actually let you haggle. Are there any other tips? Get there early! On the weekends, it gets very crowded and in someplaces you can double park. Also, be aware that if you go there, there are poor folk who ask for a donations.
You must stop by this chinese bakery "Ho Yuen Bakery" on 54 Beach St, Chinatown, Boston, MA. It was the first chinese bakery that opened in Boston. This is one of the most popular bakery in chinatown people. Recipes has been handed down throughout the generation. Try the egg custard pie my personal favorite), hot dogs wrapped with golden baked dough, roast pork buns, dinner rolls or the delicious spring rolls. Great value for inexpensive lunch, snack, party or picnic food! Everything is made fresh daily. Kids especially love the hot dog baked in the dough.