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“Below average experience if you're looking for "Chinatown"”

Chinatown International District
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3-Hour Seattle City Tour
Ranked #99 of 440 things to do in Seattle
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Owner description: Seattle's oldest neighborhood is rich with history and serves as the cultural hub for Asian-Americans in the area.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Below average experience if you're looking for "Chinatown"”
Reviewed January 16, 2014

Not the experience we hoped it would be. That's not so say we wouldn't recommend a visit, but it does not compare to other "Chinatown's" we've visited. The term "International District" is more appropriate, thus the reason Seattle calls it that... "Asiatown" would be a more accurate description. There were more Vietnamese and Japanese restaurants than Chinese. The Market was fun, but seemed like a tourist trap in the front and an Asian grocery in the rear - and there were NO BARGAINS to be found. Bottom line: Visit, but don't have too high of expectations.

Visited January 2014
Thank BoiseBeaker
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  • English first
  • French first
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  • Indonesian first
  • Japanese first
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Chinatown Discovery Tour”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

I highly recommend seeing Chinatown via Chinatown Discovery Tours/ Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. I hardly ever take planned tours, but at the request of a friend I conceded, figuring that a tour that starts in a museum couldn't be too bad. Make sure you plan to have time before or after the tour at the museum - entrance is free when you take the walking tour.
The tour itself was very informative and enjoyable with stops at various places, including a historically decorated family home, Hing Hay Park and Uwajimaya supermarket where we found some tasty Japanese treats. It is a wonderful way to learn about the culture and history of Seattle's Chinatown.

Visited May 2013
4 Thank Jacqueline W
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Seattle, Washington
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“cheap good food?”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

cheap good food? yes
late night entertainment? yes
dirty? yes
hard to find free parking? yes
as expected? yes
Sorry, Chinatown is never been my style of place to visit but i guess if you are looking for cheap and good food and late night entertainment. this is one of the must stop. otherwise. nope.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank jplonmars
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Tampa, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“So fun”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Love going through the Uwajimaya supermarket and eating at the Asian food court! Shilla Korean food was really delicious.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank Leinnox
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful city park and great choices of chinese restaurant”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

We stoped in China town on the way to airport from cruise port. Since our flight was 5pm it made sense to check it out. I really enjoyed the city park there. There is a chess set on the ground. My teens played there while the local native Chinese musician was playing erhu instrument. It was nice stop for us way better choice to wait around in airport to kills a few hours. chatted with local seattle people there about Chinese culture since I am Chinese too. It is very pleasing to see how indeed Seattle people intermingle each other culturally. This is unlike in New york city. Despite all kinds races there, but they seems like congregated in each area in NYC. Here, in China town, I see many other races there and they even speak Chinese in restaurant and order like native chinese and enjoy Chinese culture. I see many interracial couples in Seattle as well.

I specifically want to comment restaurant Ping dumpling house has very authentic Chinese buns and great value. It is close to the train station. Also Yummy bakery, great value and friendly service. i ordered many egg tarts and chinese bakery and 3 big bubble teas only cost me $20 with some change. The bubble teas are big size and very tasting. The owner is from Hong Kong. Hong kong is famous for its bakery!! highly recommended.

Visited September 2013
4 Thank ldjsun
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