Mysteries of the East

A guided walk through Chinatown



an’t fly to China for the weekend? Try the next best thing. The Chinatown Food Tour is a guided walk through Boston’s underappreciated Chinatown—and a taste of its cuisine. The guides dispel some common misconceptions, not only by taking you to restaurants to sample the food, but by exposing the neighborhood’s secrets—where to find the most authentic ingredients, for instance, and the inner workings of an herbal pharmacy. Hungry yet? The finale is a dim sum lunch—for purely educational purposes, of course. Vallejo


Once an upscale neighborhood, what is now Chinatown became an immigrant magnet when property values fell because of an adjoining rail yard. First came Irish, then Jewish, Italian, and Chinese immigrants, who have now been joined by Thai and Vietnamese arrivals.

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