Manhattan cannot be experienced by tour bus: you miss the sights, the delicious and repulsive smells, the familiar and bizarre sounds...nor can interact with what makes the city so great: its people and energy. Wear your sneakers, pack a light bag, and find a walking tour that interests you. If you don't want to join a group, we have several tours that you can print out to read as you go, and a new service that offers a cell phone guide of downtown.
Above the Financial District and encroaching on shrinking Little Italy and the Lower East Side is New York Citys expanding Chinatown--rapidly increasing in both size and population. Chinatown is a wonderful place to meander about. Everyone in your group will notice different things. On a recent visit with my family, my husband noticed that the streets bend, and the buildings bend with them. My older daughter noticed fish and dehydrated things in markets that she wanted to take home and examine under her microscope. And my little one marveled at lots of colorful kitsch: Hello Kitty and others. You can begin your exploration online here or on foot at the intersection of Mott and Canal.