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Beyond the colorful China Gate at 10th and Arch Streets lives Philly’s vibrant Asian enclave, settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants.

On any given day or night, Chinatown bustles with activity and authenticity, from the steaming platters of hand-stretched noodles to the seasonal street festivals to the locally guided tours and the bubble tea.

Stretching from Vine St. on the north and Arch St. on the south, and from 8th St. on the east and and 11th St. on the west, the neighborhood is packed end to end with restaurants and stores that represent Hong Kong, Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern Sichuan and Taiwanese cultures, with a sprinkling of Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, Vietnamese and hipster thrown in for good measure.

What To Do

The China Gate

Built by Chinese artisans in 1982 and recently refurbished, the dramatic gilt-painted entry symbolizes the connection between Philadelphia and its sister city Tianjin. Designed by architect Sabrina Soong, the structure recreates a Qing Dynasty style with Tianjin tiles.

Asian Arts Initiative

This community-based arts center operates a gallery, conducts workshops and children’s afterschool programs and hosts performances with an Asian theme and monthly movie nights. It also installs works around Chinatown that promote cultural exchange, including murals with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

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Getting Around

Bus lines that stop in Chinatown include the 23, 47, 47M, 48, and 61. The Chinatown subway station conveniently stops at Race and N. 8th streets.

Accommodations

As Chinatown is just a few short blocks from City Hall and the Convention Center, there are numerous hotels nearby, including the Hilton Garden Inn, Four Points by Sheraton, Home2 Suites by Hilton, Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City, Loews Philadelphia, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown and more. Browse hotels near Chinatown and book your stay below.

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