New York City is known as a melting pot because of the colorful and varied mix of cultures and ethnicities and grace the city and lend flavor to the local food, art, shopping, and culture. One of the most popular, and also the most fun destinations for an ethnic experience is definitely China Town. This small neighborhood in Downtown Manhattan is the largest enclave of Chinese people and culture in the United States, as well as one of the oldest. Surrounded by the Lower East Side, Little Italy, Civic Center and Tribeca, the enclave is a colorful center of activity that is always bustling. Here, visitors can enjoy amazing and cheap authentic Chinese food in the many small restaurant and eateries. Chinatown is also a great shopping destination, known for its fresh meat, produce and seafood at great prices, as well as street after street of vendors selling Chinese knickknacks, inexpensive trend items and most famously: knock off designer handbags! Many visitors to New York make it a point to visit Chinatown for no other reason than hunting for high quality fake labels, which are sold behind secret doors and handed to the customer in unmarked black shopping bags. Chinatown feels like a constant street fair, a great place to pick up gifts and souvenirs, get cheap and delicious ethnic food or just explore a colorful neighborhood.