January 25, 2011 -- Mark the new lunar year as City-Discovery.com welcomes the Year of the Rabbit with Chinatown tours all over the globe. With celebrations starting up to two weeks before the actual start of the new Chinese year on February 3rd, it is the perfect time to experience Chinatown in all its colorful glory complete with exuberant dragon dances, explosive fireworks, and seemingly inexhaustible parades.
Naturally when talking about Chinese New Year, sightseeing tours in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore take center stage. However, there's no need to go all the way to the Far East. These days, globalization means there's a Chinatown in almost every city. With over 5,000 sightseeing tours on offer around the world, the travel website counts down the seven cities that will surely celebrate the Year of the Rabbit with a bang.
An Evening in San Francisco Chinatown Walking Tour and Dinner includes a guided walking tour of the mysteries of Chinatown followed by a drive across Bay Bridge to Treasure Island and a multi-course feast at one of Chinatown's epicurean treasures.
Tasting the Immigrant Experience group tour in New York City is a small group tour (six maximum) of Little Italy and Chinatown with a culinary historian. Also in the itinerary are food samplings of a variety of dishes from a number of eateries and food shops along the way.
In Canada, Vancouver has the second largest Chinatown in North America. Its City Highlights is a half-day tour that shows off the city's diversity.
Meanwhile, Toronto has the Multicultural Kensington Market and Chinatown tour, a two-hour tour to the city's most eclectic and colorful neighborhood, home to a myriad of locally-owned eateries, specialty shops, and produce markets. Learn how the neighborhood has evolved from a working-class Jewish market into a working-class bohemian market and one of Canada's largest Chinese communities.
Kuala Lumpur by Night features a three-hour walk through Chinatown passing through shophouses, visiting night markets for some bargain shopping and capping the night off with a sumptuous dinner.
The Chinatown and Night Markets in Bangkok is a six-hour immersive experience into the city's Chinese heritage and commercial history that includes a trip to the old markets in Yaowarat, located in the heart of Chinatown, and a cruise on a 100-year-old coffee-trading ship. Also featured in Bangkok is the Half Day Cycle Tour Chinatown.
"The tours are led by expert tour guides and the activities focus on the rich Chinese heritage. Tour groups go through Chinatown, passing through markets, forgotten temples, noisy alleys filled with food hawkers, and shops and eateries," says Xavier Hallauer, City-Discovery.com's marketing director. "Featured activities this Chinese New Year season are in Vancouver, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, San Francisco and New York City."
Visit City-Discovery.com for more Chinatown tours. Tour groups will benefit from an organized itinerary including hotel pickups and drop-offs. All activities can be booked in advance on the website or the City Discovery hotline (+1 866-988-8687). More local contact numbers for different countries are available on the site.
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