By jas88_12 on February 22, 2016
We went on the Chinatown tour and found it to be better than expected based on some of the comments on this site. We definately saw areas of Chinatown that we had not seen before, however, the tour group was too large. We arrived on time, as did the majority of the group, and we were up to 14 by the start time of the tour but then someone turned up and said they were one of a party that were coming so we waited for 20 minutes in 90 degree heat on a busy street corner and eventually told the tour guide he had to leave without them as it was getting ridiculous. The one person that had turned up was rude to the guide when he tried to find out what was happening but he handled the situation quite well under the circumstances. As we were leaving, the rest of the missing party arrived, all 7 of them. So now we were up to 22 people which was far too many to be walking through the crowded streets of NY Chinatown on a Saturday afternoon.
We stopped at 4 places for food but had to eat out on the street or in a local park which was fair enough, but because of the large numbers, after the guide had served the food to the first people they were coming back for seconds before everyone else had received any (and yes, it was the party of 8 that was first in line every time and came back for more). I felt this aspect of the tour could have been controlled better by the guide as he was rapidly becoming overwhelmed by this awful party and just giving the food away.
I would go on another tour with this company and hope that the group numbers were less. I definately would not do a tour like this again in hot weather, it was brutal!!