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Chinatown

Bounded by G, H, 5th, and 8th Sts., Washington DC, DC (Downtown / Chinatown)
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Ranked #182 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
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Type: Neighborhoods
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Alexandria, VA
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470 reviews 470 reviews
228 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

For travelers who have been to San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles or Vancouver, Chinatown in Washington is a disappointment. Other than the beautiful Archway, there is not much to this area of the city. A few restaurants and shops, but nothing that would draw a tourist (or event resident) to these few blocks. It has become more of a... More

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Manila, Philippines
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360 reviews 360 reviews
126 attraction reviews
174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

There is a nice big Chinese arch to indicate that you are in Chinatown. The signs have Chinese translations. But this is not like the Chinatown in New York. It could be any part of the city except for the arch. I like to come here for the Bed, Bath and Beyond and to eat at Fuddruckers.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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615 reviews 615 reviews
485 attraction reviews
138 helpful votes 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

It seems to me this area is too small to even call a Chinatown. After seeing other areas this one left me wanting.

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2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Food there wasn't very authentic. Lots of fusion crap catered for tourists and locals that don't know much better. I don't know how edamame became apart of Chinese cuisine.

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Miramar
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Chinatown was extremely boring! There was a souvenir shop that was the high point of the visit to Chinatown. Other than that, it didn't have much to offer. Regular shops and stores like Starbucks and Bed, Bath and Beyond with writing in Chinese.

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Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
15 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Have been to Chinatown in New York and San Francisco. Due to these experiences I had higher expectations. Honestly not much to visit. Would not go out of my way again.

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Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
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178 reviews 178 reviews
118 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We were expecting more. There are a few restaurants and a gateway but that was about all we found. It was busy, especially on Saturday night, and people watching was entertaining.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Unless you're going to a Capitals game or concert at the Verizon Center or happen to be stuck at a convention hotel nearby, there's really no reason at all to visit Chinatown. I've lived here for 6 years now and the area known as Chinatown seems to be shrinking annually. Pretty soon all that will be left are street signs... More

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Bowie, Maryland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Chinatown in Penn Quarters is always busy. As a matter of fact, each DMV neighborhood is different and have unique stores and restaurants to visit. Traveling from the 14th U Corridor ( Ben's Chili Bowl) to the National Harbor (Gaylord, concerts, and discount shopping) in Maryland (near Potomac River), there is something for everyone to do. There are approximately 14... More

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Dalian, China
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It's nothing special if you have ever been to china, but definitely cool to check out for people who want to see for Chinese writing and gifts and everything along those lines. Prices were higher than what you could get online.

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