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“Gallery night-so fun”
Review of Chinatown

Chinatown
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Los Angeles Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Bus Tour
Ranked #81 of 554 things to do in Los Angeles
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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.
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Gallery night-so fun”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Come in the day- come at night. Nothing is quite as quirky charming as this relic of how the LA City council wanted the rest of the population to view the "fascinating orientals" that lived in this film-set of playground.
(The original Chinatown was demolished to make Union Station and to break the Chinese gangs.)
Fun shops, great galleries and Hop Luey 's to wash it all down!

Visited November 2012
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LOS ANGELES
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“It's a mini-Chinatown”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

I've read this somewhere else: it's not NY and it's not San Francisco. So true. This is not a whole day trip, it's a pass through for a meal rather and a little strolling.

Visited October 2012
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Santa Monica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Great place to purchase chinese silk PJs for Adults and children.”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

We went here to hang out with friends from out of town. it was fun but crowded. I found great buys on Chinese silk robe and PJs, shoes, and a cute child's size driver's hat.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“different”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

a little run down, but great to see the locals in their own community and worth a look. WOuld not recommend going on own as little scary.
A look into another culture.

Visited November 2012
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Sunny California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Definitely Worth a Visit - Definitely Not What is Used to Be”
Reviewed November 17, 2012

No trip to LA would be complete without a trip to China Town and Olivera Street. Fortunately, they are only a few blocks apart allowing you to do them both in one day (or even 1/2 day) I still think a MUST do for visitors. Very interesting historical architecture, tons of souvenir shops, still some fantastic and authentic restaurants to make this very worthwhile. There is also lots of local shops (meat, grocery, medicine, etc.) serving the local Chinese community that are extremely interesting to see from a cultural perspective. Chinatown has grown a little tired though. Much of the immigrant population has spread around SoCal depressing the opportunity for the local business to grow and invest. It just feels like "it used to be . . ." Still worth a visit though!!

Visited May 2012
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