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Chinatown

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I prefer San Francisco or New York City's Chinatown. The food and atmosphere are ok but not worth seeking out.

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 12, 2017
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Ile de Noirmoutier, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We toured Chinatown and ate a meal at one of the restaurants. We were impressed with the area and had fun sampling the local cuisine. The over arching gate welcoming tourists to the area is beautiful.

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a famous district in Washington, you don't have to spend long time , passing by is enough to check it of , I like the gate

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Milford, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Came here to enjoy some lunch, which was perfectly fine. Wen, our waiter seemed less inter dyed in explaining the three types of soups they had as we didn't understand him at all. I asked another staff member. FYI. Won ton, egg drop and hot and sour. He was going to pick one rather than explain. He was curt and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There is s lot to see and eat in Chinatown. This is where we went to eat at Legal Seafood and Big new Wong . There is also a lot of shopping available and my first experience to go into a 3 store Walgreens . The Verizon center is located here as well as a cinema. Go in the daytime... More 

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Greeley, Colorado
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm not sure why anyone thinks there is a Chinatown in Wash DC. It is just a couple of blocks with mostly old buildings and a mix of restaurants. Minimal shops. Not the best Asian food. Kind of dirty....and oh yes, virtually no parking. Skip Chinatown, consider Georgetown, Dupont Circle or Old Town Alexandria which are more interesting, with room... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just north of a busy DC retail area and museum is a small Chinatown district. Arch entry way and designations on the street, business signs in chinese characters is really what lets you know. There are several chinese restaurants with authentic food and some are busier than others and that should let you know which place to try. Theres alot... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017 via mobile

Only saw one Chinese restaurant in the area. A few places like McDonalds have their signs in Chinese but that's about all we saw.

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Ile de Noirmoutier, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

I prefer San Francisco or New York City's Chinatown. The food and atmosphere are ok but not worth seeking out.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

Not a huge Chinatown, but still plenty of interesting shops to look at, not to mention some great places to eat. The only downside, the restaurants were much more expensive than what I'm used to in Chinatowns in other cities. Still, worth exploring.

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East Providence, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

As you enter Chinatown you will pass through the Friendship Archway, a cool bit of Chinese architecture. After that it is all downhill. In these few blocks the restaurants are all dirty or at least dowdy. Homeless on every corner and every stoop. Didn't feel safe walking by myself. Sad really.

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