Presented by Welcome to Chinatown and Mott Street Girls. Tours run every weekend from May 15th-30th.
When we think about Chinatown, we first think of its delicious food and bustling streets. But what we don’t usually think about is the dark historical forces behind the inception of this 160-year-old neighborhood, or the intricate backstories of our beloved local establishments.
This Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re honoring our past and forging the future by partnering with the Mott Street Girls for the ‘Beyond the Storefront’ Chinatown Walking Tour. You’ll learn about the beginnings of this cultural enclave, starting with the initial migration of the Chinese to America and the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act.
As you walk through the streets of Chinatown, you’ll also get a deep look into the stories of historical eateries, shops, and institutions (including eight of our Longevity Fund recipients) that have shaped the community for years and how discriminatory laws gave rise to these shops.
By weaving together the past and the present, we hope to arm you with the knowledge and the drive to forge a better future.
Tours run May 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30. Each tour is 1.5 hours, led by Chloe and/or Anna of the Mott Street Girls.
- Statue of Lin Ze Xu
- Nom Wah
- Kelly Hair Salon
- Ting’s Gift Shop
- Wing On Wo
- Hop Kee
- Hing Tai Inc.
- Sun Park Laundromat
- Tonii’s Rice Rolls
- Pasteur Grill & Noodles
- KK Discount Store
- Ewa Trading Company
- Go Believe Bakery
- Ben Meat Market
- Grand Tea Imports
All proceeds go to Welcome to Chinatown’s Longevity Fund and support our local businesses. Ticket price includes tour and a surprise gift.
Both tour guides are fully vaccinated, and each tour will be capped at 10 or 15 participants. Masks are required for the safety of all participants. Tours will go on rain or shine.