Wander beneath red paper lanterns strung across narrow alleyways and admire a neighborhood steeped in culture and history. Located on the northern edge of downtown Los Angeles, Chinatown’s exotic sights, sounds and smells are reminiscent of a visit to the Orient. Amid pagodas and koi ponds you’ll find colorful Asian markets, art galleries and authentic dim-sum restaurants.
You may recognize L.A.’s Chinatown from the many films shot here, including Rush Hour, Lethal Weapon 4 and of course, Roman Polanski’s 1974 classic Chinatown.
To get there, you can drive or take the Gold Line train and exit one stop north of Union Station. The East Gate to Old Chinatown Plaza is located at 945 N. Broadway.
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Here are some photos I took on a quiet afternoon in Chinatown: