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Chinatown

Neighborhood: Downtown Honolulu
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Address: 100 N. Beretania Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817
Phone Number: 808 521 3826
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Description: Buzzing with vendors, shoppers, business people and tourists, this sliver...
Buzzing with vendors, shoppers, business people and tourists, this sliver of Downtown Honolulu is an exciting mix of history, mystery and fun. Amid the lei stands, noodle factories, hole-in-the-wall eateries and herbal medicine shops, the Oahu Market attracts locals recognizing it for savory selections of fresh meats, fish and produce. Remember to frequently look up from the street level while walking around the district since many of the old buildings that were renovated have retained their original façade and completion date on the second story.
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Chinatown Experience

I have spent time in China and this is pretty close to that experience. Went on a Sunday night so most of the stores were closed however the ones that were open reminded me of the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

The original China town was burnt down many year ago. That is why you will find most buildings are made of local stone. Not any different from any other China Town but historically a great place to spend some time.

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Caught the TheBus from Waikiki to Chinatown. I found the area rundown, dirty and depressing with homeless people lying around everywhere. It was not worth the trip. It needs to be cleaned up and redeveloped and turned into a tourist attraction like in Sydney or San Francisco. The area didn't feel clean or safe. Not what I expected.

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Greater Newcastle, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

when I went I was warned about the drug dealers and how seedy it was but I did not listen and man i'm the sort of bloke that does not scare I normally scare people but this is the first place that scared me but it was upsetting as well as I found the most homeless people I have ever... More 

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Greencastle, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

I have spent time in China and this is pretty close to that experience. Went on a Sunday night so most of the stores were closed however the ones that were open reminded me of the real thing, the smell, the trash, the little old lady sweeping the street was just like being back in China. We went to Susans... More 

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Vermont
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

For some reason, Chinatown is a homeless magnet. Sad that Wo Fat's is closed. Marketplace is OK, but the only reason to make a special trip is the mauna pua's.

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west australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We were dropped off by a taxi. We saw the two lions on either side of the road...it was only 4pm....most places were closed. Lots of homeless people around (sad). They were older ones who were quite harmless but still even as we walked around we felt unsafe. We saw that most places where closed with ugly roller shutters closed... More 

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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

When I think of Chinatown I expect a bustling, vibrant area with lots of markets, restaurants and small community based shops. But NOT HERE! The streets and shops on a Saturday were practically empty and there really wasn't any attraction or reason to even get out of the car! We rode through and we were so disappointed that we didn't!... More 

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Miami, Florida, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

although some of the restaurants are very out of the ordinary the rest was very nice and very typical which was very nice chinatown was filled a lot of friendly people it was totally a different type of experience

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Reading, PA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I love food markets of all types. I was really looking forward to Chinatown market. It fell below my expectations. It was dirty and the prepared food look very unappetizing. If you are running out of things to do in Honolulu, stop here for a quick visit. Otherwise, do not bother. Plus, there are no bathroom facilities for public use... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This Chinatown is pretty small and I found it a bit disappointing. If you are looking for flower lei's or perhaps some jade or knick knacks it's worth going. I have been to a few Chinatowns and nothing about this one made it stand out to me as a place someone needed to experience. Hawaii has a lot to offer...... More 

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