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Chinatown

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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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I love Chinatown for many reasons. The people, the buildings, the architecture, the food, the creative articles and items you can buy, the decorations, the environment, the cheap... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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Monteverde, Costa Rica
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I love Chinatown for many reasons. The people, the buildings, the architecture, the food, the creative articles and items you can buy, the decorations, the environment, the cheap prices and it makes me feel like I am in China. No I have never been to China, can't afford such a trip and that's why Chinatown is a great option. I... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The china town area itself seems more like a film stage or back lot studio than a functioning ares of commerce. I was there before noon and not much was open... There is a lot more activity down Broadway where you will find many open air markets that "feel" more like chinatown used to than the current block of buildings... More 

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

LA Chinatown is brimming with places to visit, food to eat, etc. My own opinion is that it's slightly touristy but still a good place to visit, unlike New York City's China Town which I believe is a real Chinatown outside China. It was not built for tourists but a home away from homeland.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Love all the culture stuff they have here, food, arts, crafts ... Heck it's my woods ! Don't really go here but when I do it's worth always going. Love LA

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Los Angeles, California
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472 reviews 472 reviews
95 attraction reviews
428 helpful votes 428 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

So Cheesy and so fun! Just love parades. Not spectacular but a great effort. I wish security made an effort to keep people on the sidewalk. So annoying when people just stand in front of you.

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Had a lot of fun weaving in and out of little stores. Loved the experience, and the ambiance. Everyone was friendly.

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New York City, New York
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198 reviews 198 reviews
30 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

This is a very small but spread out area with no real cohesion, two blocks of typical Chinese shops on either side of double laned Broadway. China Plaza was a lame attempt to create a tradional Chinatown experience.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

For me, as a native mandarin speaker from Taiwan, China town is not that special since I am surrounded by all these traditional buildings and Chinese food everyday!! Still here is a cool place to visit since it is in the US not Asia. I bet people would come here for Chinese food. Too bad, it's just not that outstanding... More 

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Adelanto, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I have been here a few times. Fun place to spend a few hours shopping. Cool architecture. Just really cute.

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Wichita, Kansas
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

It is small compared to the big Chinatowns in North America, but I enjoyed walking around for an hour or so. It does have a bit of a dark and rundown feel to it, I wouldn't want to be there after the sun goes down. I avoided the food as I didn't get a good feeling looking at the dining... More 

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