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Chinatown

Address: 100 N. Beretania Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817 (Downtown Honolulu)
Phone Number: 808 521 3826
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Ranked #93 of 120 Attractions in Honolulu
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Buzzing with vendors, shoppers, business people and tourists, this sliver of Downtown Honolulu is...
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Attraction details
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Vancouver, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I had read in one of the tour books that Chinatown was a great walk so we went. Well, can't say I found it very interesting. There were some markets but I thought the items for sale were cheap trinket type souvenirs. But glad I went though wouldn't make it a stop if we were to return to Honolulu. In... More 

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Salta
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175 reviews 175 reviews
34 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Cities like LA or NY have very interesting China towns: this is not the case in Honolulu. China town did play an important role in its commercial development, but there are no real sights left to look at. It is interesting to shopping (especially for fresh products) but that is about it. Some guide-book recommend walking-tours of China town which... More 

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Milwaukee
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Walked over to Chinatown for lunch after a morning whale watching tour. A good mix of shops and vendors here with lots of fresh food to choose from. It was definitely a bit dicey along some of the neigborhood's borders, but i never felt threatened while wandering around alone. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.

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Columbus, Ohio, United States
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5 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I stopped here on a bike ride during a short rain. While its not the best Chinatown of any city I've been to, it's still worth stopping by. Good bubble tea in the courtyard, which is a nice place to stop and rest of you are on a long walk or ride.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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69 reviews 69 reviews
13 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I've been coming here since a child with my grandparents. I remember the historic Wo Fat resturant that we used to visit and all of the other Chinese snack shops. However, it saddens me to see this place as it is now with homeless all over. Chinatown still have the best places to get tasty food in the oahu market... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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29 reviews 29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

At the open market we saw a homeless man threatening a tourist. We thought he was going to attack the poor man. After seeing the dirty markets and dogging the homeless we decided to catch a bus back to Waikiki. Only to be harassed by another homeless man after not gong him money for the bus. Then to make matters... More 

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Syracuse, New York, United States
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74 reviews 74 reviews
30 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

I had read that the Chinatown in Honolulu is one of the largest in the United States and found myself there when wandering around the area after visiting the Foster Botanical Garden on Vineyard Blvd., which is on the edge of Chinatown. My first exposure to this part of the city was from watching "Magnum, P.I.," where a number of... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

If you like to see different side of Honolulu, come to see local Chinatown. It's all but ordinary location from postcards. It is remainder that life is harsh and unpredictable. The genius loci of this place have many memories of history, yet the most noticeable fact here is the enormous number of homeless people resting on the streets all around.... More 

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Naperville, Illinois
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81 reviews 81 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This isn't San Francisco Chinatown but it is worth the visit. You should go early on a Saturday morning. It is very safe at this time. I saw nothing that made me feel uncomfortable. Kids would find this place interesting. Where else can you say that you see pig heads, pig feet, chicken feet, smelly fish of every kind yet... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Every time I go there or drive by Chinatown I wonder why its so sketchy and run down. All the great cities have a "Chinatown" and they are all kind of this way. I like the commerce of an area when it thrives and I see so many people going to Chinatown and wonder why they are not kept up... More 

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