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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
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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 place to be in to sample something different in LA. Perhaps not as nice or important as, say, San Francisco's Chinatown, but still a nice moment to spend there.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

always nice to see chinese communities outside of asia. in this case, a caricatured version -- or one which was stuck in time, with a twist of modernity in colors only.

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houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great food and wonderful people surround you during a trip to Chinatown. Be sure to add this to your list of must see's!

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great place to be in to sample something different in LA. Perhaps not as nice or important as, say, San Francisco's Chinatown, but still a nice moment to spend there.

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EVERYWHERE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is like a cheap, foreign made version of a real Chinatown! What a complete waste of 30 minutes we spent walking around the ENTIRE Chinatown. DON"T WASTE YOUR TIME....DO NOT GO.... The stores suck... If you have ever been to a real Chinatown (Philly, New York, San Fran, Shanghai) you will be amazingly disappointed what a complete waste of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

When you have experienced Chinatown in San Francisco the one in LA always comes across as a poor relation. Its a historic area that goes back to the 1860s but its something you can miss if you plan to go to San Francisco.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Small by San Francisco standards, but still offers many good restaurants and shops. There are deals to be had in clothing, jewelry, and knick-knacks in the many shops. Closes up rather early so get there before 6PM on weekdays. May be longer summer hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

my first trip there years ago was with two of my fraternity bros. of Chinese decent and they gave me the grand tour. One had a large chinese restaurant in the town area by the hair of his chinny chin chin. or Kingsley T..what a great place and the shops and food is outstanding. This is a location that should... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Through our extensive travels, we like to stop and visit the country’s or city’s Chinatown. This has to be one of the smallest and most forgettable stops. It’s not really a Chinatown at all. It has no character. It wasn’t filthy though and that’s the best thing I could say about it. We live in Beijing and thought there would... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

one block you are in USA, the next block you are in China, so funny to see how the people turns all chinese, the town is very small but do recomend just to pass thru, sightseeing.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

I Always like visiting Chinatowns all over the world, so I've seen enough. This had some nice shops, but unfortunatly I didn't feel safe around here, what was made even worse after getting some warnings of the people who live around. Too bad, but returned to downtown instantly

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