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Spanning the area between South Station and the Boston Common, Chinatown is filled with many Chinese immigrants and their businesses. There are numerous Chinese restaurants as well as bakeries and teahouses. In addition, there are Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese restaurants in the neighborhood. Specialty shops sell everything from medicinal dried roots and herbs to fine jade jewelry. Food markets sell fresh fish, hard-to-find Asian vegetables and even live poultry. The traditional Chinatown Gate—paifang is flanked by foo lions on each side to ward off evil. Foo lions are believed to ward off evil and are popularly known as guardian lions usually seen at the entrance of important buildings and establishments.
Since the city's first theater opened its doors in 1792, Boston's theater scene has evolved into a vibrant melange of genres with everything from elaborate Broadway musicals and classical opera, to Shakespeare and experimental plays. The city's theater district is home to a plethora of theaters and entertainment venues, most of which can be found along Tremont and Boylston Streets, just south of the Common. Interspersed between iconic venues like the Boston Opera House, Charles Playhouse and the Cutler Majestic Theater, are numerous trendy restaurants and hotels that cater to the city's savvy theater-goers.Charles Playhouse
Heritage on the Garden is a shopping street dotted with some really upscale designer boutiques and dining spots. It is home to famous designer labels, such as Sonia Rykiel, Escada, Hermes, Candela Spa and Anne Fontaine. For those who love to indulge in good food, restaurants Excelsior and Via Matta are also on the Heritage. From window shopping to simply hanging out at hot-spots, this famous landmark is a touristy spot everyone must explore.
Any shopper will enjoy a stroll down this street, which features eight blocks of upscale boutiques, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. On warm weekends, the sidewalks are teeming with window shoppers, street performers and overflowing outdoor cafes. Located in the historic Back Bay, much of the brownstone architecture is influenced by the Art Nouveau style of the 1920s. In addition, chic galleries and restaurants, such as Stephanie's on Newbury and Sonsie, attract a well-dressed, sophisticated crowd.
A trip to Boston is not complete without a visit to this attraction. From mid-April until mid-September, you can take a quick tour on a paddle boat decorated as a swan. The Swan Boat tours have been run by the same family for over a hundred years in the Boston Public Garden, which was the setting for the famous children's story, 'Make Way for Ducklings'. You will understand why as you glide among the hundreds of ducks that call the Garden pond home. You may see a couple of real swans, too.
Cyclorama, at the Boston Center For The Arts is a great place to host an event or a conference. The place has been the venue for several trade shows, business conferences, seminars and weddings. This 875 seater center is a visual treat, with its exquisite Victorian interiors and decor that add up to the classy ambience. A historical venue in the truest sense, it is a must-visit for those on a trip to Boston.
Emmanuel Church located in Back Bay is one of the most contemporary churches in the area. The church not only upholds the traditional Christian beliefs, but also adheres to the modern times and the needs of those with varied interests. The church is open to all ages, genders and even welcomes people with a different sexual orientation. Quite modern and open-minded, the church' organization respects all those belonging to different religions and ethnic backgrounds. The motto and aim of the Emmanuel Church is to help human beings connect to their higher self, thus leading to a better living and high thinking.
The Church of the Covenant is a National Historic Landmark that dates back to the 1860s. The Central Congregational Church and First Presbyterian Church were combined to form this church. It was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 2012,