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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 4 days ago
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Ile de Noirmoutier, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

Thank Brellie
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

1 Thank rduinc
East Providence, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank Racmos
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very unique architecture and limited cultural exposure. Chinatown appears to be very small within only a few blocks. A number of restaurants in the area are worth a visit.

1 Thank Barry M
Calgary, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If your use to walking through Chinatown in N.Y. City, San Francisco, Victoria, then you will be disappointed. It's a dying area for enjoying any Chinese culture. Hit and miss restaurants. Not worth the visit unless your staying in the area.

Thank Challenger01
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

I was thankful that I read about Chinatown on TripAdvisor before we went. The gate is cool, but then there are only a couple blocks of Chinatown. Those blocks also include several American chains/stores (Panera, Walgreens, BB&T, etc). We didn't see any import shops. After a misstart at our first restaurant selection that involved a mouse running across the floor,... More 

1 Thank KYlove
Tampa, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This area has plenty of stores and Asian food restaurants. Most of them while not posh are expensive. A real tourist trap area. There are a lot of non Chinese stores too. There is a Metro Station in the heart of the area and a lot of bus routes go through the neighborhood. It has a very beautiful arch across... More 

Thank LongHairCat
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Chinatown is always a great spot no matter the city and never disappoints. Lots to see and eat! A must stop.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

30 years ago Chinatown was more like a vibrant, smaller version of the more famous New York City and San Fancisco versions. Today most of the restaurants and Chinese stores are gone and replaced by other things including the Verizon center sports arena. Almost all that is left is the large Red Arch over the street that used to mark... More 

1 Thank Chinapjs
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

One main street. Area really run down. Struggled to find place we would eat in. Not an area would want to walk around at night.

Thank elizabeth c

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