Los Angeles – best visit on a weekend
LA’s sizeable Chinese population was forcibly removed from the original Chinatown district during the 1930s to make way for Union Station and relocated around North Broadway in an area now characterized by a heady assortment of live poultry shops, pagoda-shaped Far Eastern banks, bustling marketplaces entered by dragon-decorated gateways, and countless neon-lit restaurants. Although many LA-Chinese families vacated Chinatown for the suburbs long ago, they often return at weekends – by far the best time to visit Chinatown – to shop and to eat. Much of Chinatown’s present 200,000-strong population is made up of recent arrivals from south-east Asia.
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