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Chinatown

Neighborhood: Central L.A
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Address: N Broadway at North Hill St, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone Number: 213-680-0243
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
Description: Though much smaller than the Chinese neighborhoods of New York and San...
Though much smaller than the Chinese neighborhoods of New York and San Francisco, great food and numerous small Chinese specialty stores still abound in Chinatown.
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GREAT SHOPPING AND EATING

LA Chinatown is less "touristy" than San Francisco's. Many Chinese live and shop in the area. I always find something that I "need" that is unusual and inexpensive. There are... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Bangalore
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153 reviews 153 reviews
56 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

After seeing Chinatowns in places like SFO and NYC, was disappointed with this. Very few shops and the place wore a deserted look even on a Saturday morning.

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Los Angeles
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59 reviews 59 reviews
42 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

LA Chinatown is less "touristy" than San Francisco's. Many Chinese live and shop in the area. I always find something that I "need" that is unusual and inexpensive. There are many good restaurants. Wander through some of the back alleys and large interior malls.

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McKinney, Texas
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132 reviews 132 reviews
92 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

food everywhere and i love it. tons of selection. whatever your looking for i think this place have it. a lot of people, very busy.

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Malibu, California
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532 reviews 532 reviews
155 attraction reviews
234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Lotsa food. Really good food. Inexpensive. Shops. Cultural. Historical. Friendly, fun and safe Trinkets and souvenirs. Asian markets that aren't geared to anglos It's cool to walk 2 or 3 blocks and be in a TOTALLY different neighborhood It's always good to go to any and all ethnic neighborhoods.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I have only came once and it was during Chinese New year 2014. The parade was so beautiful and my family enjoyed it. I don't know how it usually is but during CNY's it's really fun especially when you have young children.

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Singapore, Singapore
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275 reviews 275 reviews
102 attraction reviews
300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This should be aptly re named Asiantown as these days there are more of other asiatic races in the mix( esp the other entrants of Vietnamese ,Cambodian etc who migrated more recently than the earlier Chinese migrants whom will move the social economic ladder and live n set up elsewhere and also their next generation not continuing their trades. All... More 

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Illinois
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148 reviews 148 reviews
54 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We decided to stop here for lunch. It was easy to find parking on street during the week day (but you may find that parking in a lot is less expensive if you plan to stay 2+ hrs). We dined at Yang Chow restaurant which and walked through the shopping "mall" where you will find tons of vendors with everything... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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262 reviews 262 reviews
103 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Went here to just see what it was all about some cute little stores selling anything and everything chinese and lots of restaurants all within a few blocks cute but nothing special

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Aveiro, Portugal
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Do not waste your time going to the LA chinatown. It is not like in the movies. It is really horrible.

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Gold Coast Australia
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We happened to be there during the Chinatown Golden Dragon Parade on February 21, 2015. There were lots of people already lining up along N Broadway. It was really colourful and very interesting. We saw Miss Chinatown 2015, marching bands, floats. Many of the shops were closed for the Lunar New Year. It was an awesome experience not to be... More 

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