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Chinatown

Neighbourhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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Address: Bounded by G, H, 5th, and 8th Sts., Washington DC, DC
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Almost all that's left is the old Chinese Arch

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Tampa, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A block away from Chinatown the loud music was unbearable. When we arrived at the arch we could see the music was coming from a black lady who had taken over a corner with her amplifier. The extreme loudness was a nightmare. Lots of black people loitered on the sidewalk near the Metro Station. It was their turf. Families leaving... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A small stretch that is of course not as impressive as new york's . A couple of decent non chinese restaurants, i wouldn't try the chinese ones. Also looks slightly dodgy with all the homeless hanging around

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

While in DC we were looking for something to do after a day of sightseeing. This was a great little part of town to visit... lots of restaurants!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

To get to the Washington DC Chinatown area, take the Metro and get off at the Gallery Place stop. When you get to the top, the Chinatown Friendship Arch is standing right at the corner-- a sight by itself-- as it is recognized as the largest single span arch in the entire world-- donated by Beijing,, sister city to Washington... More 

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St.Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

This area has a beautiful archway - see pic - and a number of restaurants with Chinese as well as English signs. But there's not much that's authentically Chinese here anymore. It's really been taken over by the sports arena and restaurants. Not worth a special visit to see "chinatown" but the sports arena and/or restaurants may attract you.

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Fairfield, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

As you travel up restaurant row on 7th St, passing one eatery after another, spanning food selection from 5 continents, you reach the intersection at H St NW - turn first to your right, and gaze upon the Friendship Arch, donated by the People's Republic of China as a goodwill gesture to its sister city, Washington DC, at a reported... More 

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