Chinatown information

Washington, DC , USA
Street 7th & H Sts NW
Getting there
underground rail Gallery Pl-Chinatown
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Lonely Planet review

Most visitors to DC’s dinky Chinatown are surprised they didn’t trip over it. Anchored on H and 7th Sts NW, this was once a major Asian entrepôt, but today most Asians in the Washington area live in the Maryland/Virginia ‘burbs. However small she may be, Chinatown is still entered through Friendship Arch , the largest single-span arch in the world – local wags say the structure should be renamed the ‘Starbucks-Fuddruckers Gateway’ seeing as both chains now flank Chinatown’s entrance. This used to be an infamous boozer strip, now scrubbed and shiny thanks to the nearby Verizon Center, but if you miss the old ‘hood you can still buy a bottle of Mad Dog for under $3 at Chinatown Market