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Kids were really excited to go see a Chinatown, but DC's did not fit the bill for us. We did eat some Chinese there, but other than the gate, it's kinda just another normal DC... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 21, 2015
Fort Smith, Arkansas

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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nothing really going on here. Time probably better spent touring anything else in DC. We stopped at one dingy, dirty place for dumplings hoping to find a hidden gem and were horribly disappointed. Went to McDonald's instead then caught the bus out of there.

Thank nathypaps
Berkeley Heights, New Jersey
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426 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not worth the trip. The gate is the typical one announcing the beginning of every Chinatown in the country but that's about it. A couple of not-so-well-reviewed restaurants don't justify the trip and if you do go, travel here only during the day as the streets become much seedier in the night!

Thank TonyK300
Washington, DC
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92 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

There used to be a lot more Chinese establishments in DC, but now pretty much all that's left is the Happiness Gate and about a block of restaurants. So, if you're looking for something comparable to the Chinatowns of New York City or San Fransisco or Chicago, you're setting yourself up for disappointment. Plus, it's become a fairly seedy neighborhood,... More 

1 Thank JSinDC
Charleston, West Virginia
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Smaller.. but it's somewhat commercial. If you are wanting this experience - NYC is a better choice. It's rundown and dirty. I would skip a return visit to the DC Chinatown.

1 Thank TravelingDuoWV
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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27 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Kids were really excited to go see a Chinatown, but DC's did not fit the bill for us. We did eat some Chinese there, but other than the gate, it's kinda just another normal DC neighborhood. Maybe slightly scarier. :)

1 Thank blissfullyamy
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

The arch is worth seeing and you can find some Chinese restaurants that are a little more authentic than your typical neighborhood joint. The area has become DC's answer to Times Square but, having sad that, it's not half bad in terms of some good non-Chinese restaurants and decent attractions.

2 Thank canestorm
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470 reviews
304 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

A few Chinese restaurants and shops with Chinese lettering on the store front makes a Chinatown...not. Yes, there's also a grand arch over the road to mark the entry to the district but what it really lacks is the atmosphere of being in and around Chinese folks. Don't get me wrong - I'm sure they're there in small numbers, just... More 

Thank ianwyj
Nacogdoches, Texas
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We took the subway to Chinatown because I wanted a picture of the friendship arch. The arch is very pretty. This is the only area of D.C. where I did not feel safe. We walked around and decided to eat at Fuddruckers which was Chinese food but the food was good.

1 Thank Jeanne P
Toronto, Canada
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65 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Most of Chinatown has been taken over and only a few Chinese restaurants remain. This was very disappointed. It was strange to see non-Asian restaurants to have Chinese words displayed. Don't come here is you are seeking Chinese food. Parking is very hard to find as well. Would never come back here.

2 Thank Choster68
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349 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Chinatown in DC is so small that you could miss it so easily. It comprises a handful of restaurants nd a very impressive structure across the road but really, blink and you would miss it!

2 Thank klkh2002

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