Things to Do in Chinatown, LA

Things to Do in Chinatown, LA
Founded in the late 1800s, LA's Chinatown is a popular tourist attraction, boasting tons of restaurants, shops, traditional temples, specialized grocery stores and theaters. Chinatown is located near the Dodger Stadium in downtown Los Angeles. Several annual events are hosted here, including the Golden Dragon Chinese New Year Parade and the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

Walking Tour

Get exercise and awake your senses by walking around Chinatown. Start at the the main plaza on Broadway.Head to the shops up Broadway, where you'll run across a statue of China's founder Sun Yat Sen, a pagoda, a wishing well and a series of murals. Staying on Broadway, you'll eventually get to an area full of restaurants and bakeries; a stop is highly recommended.

When you get to Saigon Plaza, turn towards the Dynasty Center on North Broadway. The Taoist Temple on small side Yale Street is a sight not-to-be-missed, especially when ceremonies are in place. Turn north towards Hill Street, and you'll run into other magnificent structures, such as the first hospital in Los Angeles and the Pacific Alliance Medical Center.

You can make the tour as long or as short as you wish. Chinatown offers a myriad of opportunities for shopping and exploration. If you prefer a guided tour, there's a Undiscovered Chinatown Tour every first Saturday of the month.

Guided Tours
(213) 680-0243

Flea Market Shopping

Flea markets offer a unique opportunity to give used things a second life, rather than throwing them away and contributing to the landfill problem. Chinatown is basically a giant flea market waiting to be explored. Avoid the cheap vendors selling marked-up plastic items that can be found at any dollar store. Head to the most serious markets, which sell ceramics, clothing, household products and even furniture. This is also a great area to find restaurants serving vegetarian dishes, healing Chinese herbs and cheap sandals and bamboo items.

Farmer's Market

Chinatown's Farmer's Market is an ideal destination for the green-minded. Aside from offering organic produce you'll find in basically any farmer's market, this area also has a large selection of Asian products (such as bittermelon and Bok choy); all produce is grown locally and certified organic. Early shoppers get a better selection, but late shoppers are more likely to land a discount or bargain for extras.

Farmer's Market Office Address
727 N. Broadway, Suite 208
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 680-0243

Article Written By Sarah Dray

Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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