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"Some Fun Things to do in LA's Chinatown" Chinatown Tip by Stasigrace

Chinatown, Los Angeles: 19 reviews and 46 photos

  The Gate of Chinatown
by Stasigrace

It's true, Chinatown in LA is nothing compared to San Francisco. But there are some fun things to do here.

Chung King Road offers many art galleries. Frequently they will do openings on the same night, offering a chance to hop from party to party and eat/drink like a king. Nearby is the very hip brand-new Mountain Bar, which the owners want to become a salon for philosophers & artists.

On Thursday nights is the Farmer's Market, featuring exotic asian offerings, and sometimes live entertainment.

Throughout the summer, Chinatown has a film festival. There's always a theme: last year was Kung Fu, this year is Jackie Chan. Movies are shown outdoors and it's a friendly crowd. Also sometimes there's live entertainment (martial arts demonstrations, drums, dragons, etc.).

If nothing else, you must visit Chinatown for DIM SUM. LA's Chinatown offers an incredibly array of places devoted to this lunchtime treat. You will eat to bursting and spend probably less than $10. The generally agreed-upon best places are Empress Pavilion, CBS Seafood & Ocean Seafood. They are VERY crowded at lunchtime so arrive early!

Address: Bordered by 110, Cesar Chavez, and Alameda.
Directions: Just northeast of downtown Los Angeles and south of Dodger Stadium. Easy access by Gold Line train or DASH bus (see my transportation tips).
Phone: (213) 680-0243

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  • Updated Jul 19, 2003
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