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“what will you pray for, in front of the wishing fountain?” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Chinatown

Chinatown
N Broadway at North Hill St, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (Central L.A)
213-680-0243
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Ranked #162 of 310 Attractions in Los Angeles
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
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Owner description: 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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“what will you pray for, in front of the wishing fountain?”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

You can arrive here with the Gold Line.
Chinatown has got everything you could look for (with cash because most places only accepts cash).
There is a nice wishing fountain to throw coins into for peace, lotto, good fortune, etc.
Central Plaza contains a statue honoring Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the Chinese revolutionary leader who is considered the "founder of modern China"
There are numerous small, specialized grocery stores with soap, cosmetics. toys, clothes, music CDs at low prices.
You can drink green tea, hot or frozen everywhere.
There are many stores selling ginseng and herbs.
Chinatown offers the usual barbecue delicatessens and Cantonese seafood restaurants with very good dim sum.

Visited November 2012
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Perth, Australia
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“Not impressed”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

China town in la was very old and dirty and there was nothing here worth looking at.Alot of the buildings looked empty and closed.There are so many places worth visiting in la but this is not one of them!

Visited September 2013
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“Unimpressed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Having been to the Chinatowns in NY, San Francisco, Toronto, Vancouver and Boston just to name a few; Los Angeles old Chinatown was mediocre. It is small, tight and old. It offers the usual trinkets, souvenirs, 5 for $10 t-shirts in every stall. For the experience, some decent chinese food and browsing like a tourist, it is worth a visit but not a must.

Visited August 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Chinatown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Absolutely love this place. So much to see, the restaurants are incredible. A variety of shops with very reasonable prices.

Visited May 2013
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“Might be the old Chinatown....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

but good things are around the corner. Much smaller than Chinatowns of San Francisco and Vancouver, but still some things to see here. Throw pennies at the wishing well and hope for love, fortune and fame or admire the intricate architecture of the storefronts and get a feel for the history and Hollywood ties in the colorful courtyard.

This summer, Chinatown celebrated their 75th anniversary as well as marking the 40th anniversary of Bruce Lee's passing....a famous martial artist and actor of the early 70's. A magnificent 7-foot statue of Lee was on display during our visit, but waiting for a permanent home. A fine tribute to a 'young' man who was well-known in the community.

Not the hustle and bustle of years ago, but still worth a short walk down memory lane and don't forget to try the dim sum!

Visited July 2013
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