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Chinatown

North Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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3.5 out of 5
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  • ChinatownPro 2014
    Jaak Treiman
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    3 Apr 05, 2014

    The original Chinatown was razed in 1932, in the middle of the Great Depression, to make way for Union Station. A number of displaced Chinese families created a new Chinatown, located several blocks to the northwest. This "new" area continues to be a community focal point although no longer its prime focal point. Early Sunday mornings are a good time to see day-to-day life in this area although as a tourist attraction, regardless of the visitation time, it is nowhere close to the scope of San Francisco's Chinatown. To see Los Angeles's actual "Chinatown" without the tourist embellishments, visit Monterey Park and its environs.

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    Jenn B
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    3 Mar 24, 2014

    There are some Chinatowns that are actually where Chinese people congregate, and there are others that are obviously catering to more tourists than locals. L.A.'s Chinatown is most definitely in the latter category. If you're expecting something as bustling and "real" as San Francisco's (which I admit is also a major tourist hub), you will be sorely disappointed. If you're only looking for cheap, typical Chinatown souvenirs, you'll find them here. However, for the best authentic Chinese food, head to the 626 - Rowland Heights, Arcadia, etc.

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  • ChinatownPro 2014
    Richard
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    4 Feb 01, 2014

    Today Chinatown is different from one 70 years ago. It was originated located where the Union Station Stand today. Over the year, many changes occur in Chinatown.
    Chinatown in L.A. is not the hub for Asian as other Chinatown across the country, many Chinese been moved to San Gabriel Valley, better homes, safer community and much better school.

    Despite so many shops in San Gabriel Valley, some shop still stand out in Chinatown, such Queen Bakery, cheap clothing. It is close to downtown and dodger stadium, so make it great stop by.

    Chinatown is not like Korean-town or Little Tokyo, when many new businesses constant added and keep up the demand of this generation. So is likely young adults would adventure here. The street is dirty similar and some crack road just like majority of L.A. is.

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    Erin K
    3 Oct 17, 2013

    While I enjoyed the one restaurant I tried here, as well as some of the shops, this isn't the best Chinatown I've been to (San Francisco's is far better, as is NYC's Chinatown). The main drag here is Broadway, and consists of your run-of-the-mill chachka shops and boba tea stores, as well as a few interesting seafood spots where you can order live chickens and cheap lobster. But it lacks the real grittiness and hustle-and-bustle sense that I think is necessary in Chinatown...if you feel the need to check it out, a couple hours is all you'll really need.

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  • ChinatownPro 2014
    Kat Von B (Travelinggreek)
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    4 Aug 30, 2013

    I was pleasantly surprised to see how developed Chinatown in LA had become. It was pretty Fabulous and a great way to spend an afternoon. The kids will love it too!

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    Yulree Chun "@GogobotLA"
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    4 Aug 22, 2013

    If you're going for the cultural (Chinese-wise)experience, you're in for a shock because there basically is none. Chinatown was created to increase tourism back in the day and wasn't built organically by a community.

    Yes, there are some good Chinese restaurants, but really, if you want the authentic Chinese experience, go to San Gabriel Valley, Alhambra, Rosemead.

    With that aside, if you're into dive bars, small music venues and new art galleries, Chinatown is your place!

    During the summer, Chinatown hosts "Chinatown Summer Nights" with outdoor music concerts and art walks. Check it out if you're in the area!

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    Tarina Peterson
    4 Aug 05, 2013

    I found Chinatown to be well worth the visit. Plenty of fun things to see and even better places to eat.

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    Paul Wong
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    5 May 26, 2013

    Classy shopping it is not but if you want exposure to come Chinese life and culture, here is the place. Despite the large tourist population LA Chinatown has is the marketplace where the budget-minded Chinese go shopping.

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    Denise B
    4 May 17, 2013

    Downtown...Empress Pavilion Restaurant for Dim Sum on Saturday or Sunday (they also have a non Dim Sum menu) Huge banquet restaurant. Always mobbed. Good parking. My Chinese friends have taken me here and I always find the Dim Sum on the numerous carts a real experience. Some of the best chefs from China are in Los Angeles. Many of the best are in San Gabriel and Monterey Park if you are an aficionado of great Chinese food. Nearby, you can try Mandarette on Beverly Blvd.

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    Schel
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    2 Feb 11, 2013

    Honestly this is LA and Chinatown is not like it is in SF. It is very small, maybe a few square city blocks. However being this is Chinatown the prices are inflated.

    The shops here are the same typical kinda swag shops that you find in every asian community. But when you come to a tourist trap like Chinatown... well yeah every other shop is this way...

    Pro Tip: Parking meters are checked by the parking police all the times. If you do not meet your meter time, you WILL get a ticket.

    The restaurants around this area have most styles of chinese grub somewhere here. However the restaurants are not always exactly the cheapest or best. I feel that most of the chinese restaurants here are low on quality and high on price. This is due at least in part to the SGV having much cheaper rent and a much larger chinese population.

    Overall it can be fun to eat here and spend a few hours. But I dont think it is exactly the best place around to go hang out or anything else. Especially if you are wanting to go for any length of time.

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Description:

By 1870, a population of about 200 Chinese immigrants lived in a short and dark alley; no more than 50 feet wide. That was demolished to make way for Union Station and the growing Chinese population was moved to what used to be Los Angeles’s Little Italy. Dumpling houses and the Hollywood version of old Shanghai became the area where there were once wineries and trattorias. An old movie set was donated to the 1930’s re-vamping of the area to give it an exotic look. Today, you'll find restaurants, shops, and festivals in this colorful section of the city.
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