Houston does have a place that is designated "Chinatown", just south of downtown in the Midtown area. There are a number of restaurants, shops, and specialty stores there that are of the Asian variety. But if you really want to experience Houston's thriving Asian community, this is the spot to go to. Located in west Houston along Bellaire Blvd. near Beltway 8, this area and all of it's businesses are run by and cater to the large Asian community here in town. There are loads of delicious places to eat, as well as grocery stores specializing in Asian foods. Many shops sell items imported from Asian countries, and there are even quite a few eastern medicine shops, selling alternative healing remedies such as herbs and natural curing tonics. The best thing about this area is the opportunity to witness a community that has given Houston a huge international flair. The Asian population is Houston continues to grow, and here you can easily see how much of an impact it has on the city!
The Montrose District, located just west of Downtown, is one of, if not the most lively and original areas of Houston. With it's many small eclectic stores, numerous music shops and tattoo parlors, and diverse population, "Montrose" is a great area to experience a different side of the city. The district takes it name from Montrose Blvd., which lies at it's center and runs from north to south through it. It's beginnings date back to the early 1900's, when it began as a small suburb of the then much smaller City of Houston. Many mansions and Victorian style houses were built here, though unfortunately most of them have been torn down over the years. Now the area is home to a large diverse group of residents, including a one of the city's biggest gay and lesbian communities. There are a slew of wonderful antique shops along Westheimer, and many of Houston's most popular restaurants are located here. Also in the area are a number of great bars, nightclubs, and lounges. The Montrose District was the site of the Westheimer Street Festival, one of the city's most popular festivals for almost 30 years. It was cancelled, to much of the city's dismay, in 2000 after much disorganization and complaints from local residents. So if you are looking for an alternative vibe in the city, check out "Montrose".
If you have never been to Houston during the summer months, well, I'll just tell you that it gets hot, very hot. And with humidity levels also extremely high, it often feels like a sauna outside. I have seen many people from not-so-hot places come to Houston in August, and look like they were going to melt! So during these months, the air conditioner is a way of life here. At home, in the car, at work, wherever you go, air conditioning will be your best friend. That, and anti-perspirant! :)
This picture was shot in the Cinemark which is along the Katy Mills (10).
According to one's size everybody has the right fountain.
May be it is the Dalton Brother's fountains (joke for French and some European persons).
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