Boston’s historic Chinatown is the third largest in the country and the only one in New England. It’s only a few city blocks, but eateries, markets and shops cram the narrow streets. Many immigrant groups have passed through this neighborhood over the years. Therefore, the neighborhood today is a complex mix of cultures — Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Cambodian and Vietnamese. Inexpensive restaurants offer everything from dim sum to dumplings.
The gateway to this Asian emporium is the enormous red gilt Chinatown Gate. A gift from Taiwan, the gate anchors the southern end of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. With Asian plants lining the pathways and residents playing mahjong, the plaza feels like a scene from the Chinese hutong.
Chinatown is a popular lunch-hour destination for downtown workers, and locals like to stop in for dinner before catching a show in the adjacent Theater District. The neighborhood shines during Chinese New Year and the August Moon Festival, when children carry lanterns and everyone enjoys the traditional sweet Mooncakes.
The neighborhood boundaries are Essex Street to the north, Surface Road to the east, Stuart/Kneeland Street to the south, and Washington Street to the west.