Over the last 20 years, we have met thousands of students on tour, ranging in age from third grade through college. As a former 4th grade teacher, it gives me special pleasure to work with you, to share Chinatown with our new friends, the students as well as the teachers and parents/care providers.
Our goal is to assure that each student leaves Chinatown with a better understanding of the Chinese people, our community, culture, and food. Depending on the age of the students, we gear our vocabulary accordingly, so that we don't lose their interest. We are always ready to answer questions, too. On the tours, you can anticipate the following:
- Learn a few sentences in Chinese. Greet locals by smiling and saying, “nay ho!” which translates in Guandongnese to “how are you?” The favor is returned, as the locals in Chinatown are impressed!
- Learn why certain colors (red, green, gold) are important to us. We also talk about our Chinese Telephone Exchange, and how we made ‘phone calls’ in the early days. We talk about schools around Chinatown, about Chinese language schools that some students go to after a day in their American classroom.
- As we stroll along, we talk about Chinese doctors, and the use of herbs rather than pills; peek into a tea shop; look at our ‘unusual’ dried vegetables, salted eggs, and other Chinese delicacies.
- Lunch is a delicious sampling of Chinese food, some that are kids’ favorites, and others as an introduction to ‘dim sum.’ My tour leaders stay at lunch, to teach the fun art of using chopsticks!
Fees: Usually between $30 -35 per person, inclusive for the students, and a few dollars more for accompanying adults. This covers the 90-minute Wok Wiz tour, and lunch, and tips. We are always open to discuss budgets.