3 Biggest Chinatowns to Visit in North America

The first significant wave of Chinese immigrants moved to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, mainly as miners and builders. Now, about 1.8 million residents in Canada and 5.4 million in the U.S. identify as Chinese.

Let’s take a look at three of  the biggest Chinatowns in  North America.

Four cities in California have thriving Chinatown neighborhoods, and San Francisco is allegedly home to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest Chinatown in North America.



The best things to do there are to visit the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company to learn how fortune cookies are made and observe the largest Chinese New Year parade outside of Asia.

With about 900,000 residents who identify as Chinese, the city boasts multiple Chinatowns, including ones in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Each neighborhood has a slightly different vibe while also retaining distinguishable Chinese elements.



Take Manhattan, for example: It has the city’s largest Buddhist temple and Buddha statue, Museum of Chinese in the Americas, and Doyers Street or ‘The Bloody Angle’ that once was the deadliest street in American history and has been featured in many TV shows and movies, such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).

Vancouver has the biggest Chinatown in Canada, which is filled with markets, restaurants, temples, and small businesses. Immigrant Chinese laborers started the now bustling community in the 1880s.



In case you didn’t know: Vancouver’s Chinatown was one of the main shooting sites for Deadpool (2016).

Come here to see Sun Yat-Sen Classical Garden and Treasure Green Tea Company to enjoy some sunshine and a variety of aromatic tea-making goodies.

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