Every major city has a Chinatown, but there’s something special about Chinatown, Los Angeles. It’s the place where Jackie Chan’s “Rush Hour” and Jack Nicholson’s classic “Chinatown” were filmed! It’s a place where artists, shop keeps, chefs, and everyday citizens live.
Chinatown is situated on the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, right next to Elysian Park (Dodger Stadium). I like to start or end my day here by watching the sun light the city on Lookout Drive. Once I gain this understanding of location proximity, I scout for a $5 parking lot (this is the best option for safe and affordable parking).
I love to walk the plaza and take pictures. This part of the city is rich in texture, activity, and uniqueness. The architecture and decor are very unique to a Los Angeles Chinatown. My favorite building/alley to photograph is Hop Louie. My favorite place to eat is The Golden Dragon Restaurant. My husband once filmed a piece for the popular YouTube Channel First We Feast at Howlin’ Rays (famous for their fried chicken).
Chinatown is home to the beloved Eastern culture, film culture, and art culture. Many incredible LA artists have studios in Chinatown including Henry Taylor and Sano. Every month, Chung King Road hosts a bustling art walk with open galleries. Every February, the neighborhood hosts a stellar Lunar New Year Parade.
Come and enjoy a place full of light, color, and uniqueness.