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    Oakland's Chinatown

    by Tom_Fields Updated Jan 21, 2007

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    Bustling Chinatown market in Oakland
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    Oakland's Chinatown is very different from the one in San Francisco. It's an authentic, working-class Chinese-American neighborhood, NOT a tourist trap. In fact, very few tourists go there at all. Nearly everyone there is Asian. And it's near downtown, Jack London Square, and other attractions.

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  • A Real Chinatown?

    by wiamy Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    Oakland Chinatown isn't like SF's Chinatown. It is still a shopping and meeting area for newly arrived immigrants. As a Chinese myself, I can't say it is a really represent the China we are having now. I might say it is a 1980s version of China, or recent rural part of China. So, if you stop by Chinatown, don't expect this is a mini verison of China nowadays.
    If you visit Oakland chinatown by car, Park your car in the Parking garage at Webster and 9th street which is $1.25/hr, whereas street parking cost $1.25/hr as well

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    Dim Sum and an enjoyable market

    by davequ Updated Mar 7, 2005

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    Oaklands Chinatown seems to be smaller and a little less conspicuous than SFs, but it is a good place to walk, visit, eat and shop.

    They have really good dim sum in some of the restaurants (e.g. Restaurant Peony @ 388 9th Street) and interesting markets for shopping.

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    Visit CHINATOWN

    by kat_on_moray Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Visit CHINATOWN
    Oakland's Chinatown is great. It has just as must atmosphere as SF's Chinatown without all of the tourist rip-offs. It is not very big, but it is exactly the low-key feel that makes it so appealing. I particularly loved the little shops that sell dim sum separately: egg custard tarts, shrimp dumplings and other goodies - cheap too!!! It was also fun having a browse through the nearby thrift stores!

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    Chinatown

    by zwack Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Oakland’s Chinatown is the 4th largest Asian-American shopping district in the U.S. The area was first developed by Chinese immigrant gold miners in the 1800’s. The vast selection of Asian and ethnic restaurants makes Chinatown a popular destination for residents and visitors.

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