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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour
"Are you tired of going on tours in which the guide knows less than you do? The guides for Bow Tie Tours are teachers not actors or college students who have studied a cram sheet and they are well-trained in providing people information in an interesting and entertaining manner whether you are a parent with young children or a college professor looking to gain insight into the historical activities of Philadelphia. Join us as we see Independence Hall Declaration House Franklin Court the Betsy Ross House
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Guided Philadelphia Bike Tour
"On this 2-hour bike tour you’ll cover more ground than you would on a walking tour and see so much more than you would from a bus window! View over 30+popular Philly attractions including the Schuylkill River Fairmount Park Boathouse Row Eakins Oval
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Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia
"Board the open-top double-decker bus at any of the 27 stops covering 16 miles of Philadelphia. Ride the full 1.5-hour loop with live commentary on board and enjoy access to 100 of the city's most popular attractions and landmarks. Hop on and off as you please!Travel at your leisure with this valuable today and tomorrow pass that allows to explore with added value of transportation throughout Downtown"""This hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour lets you experience the rich history and legendary sights of Philadelphia with ease. Take advantage of this 2 day pass that allows you to explore Philadelphia with the added value of transportatation. Expert local gui including the Liberty Bell Independence Hall and the US Mint. Aboard the double-decker bus
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Chinatown is the best place to eat!

Philadelphia Chinatown is a great place to go because it has over fifty different restaurants! I like to often go there with my friends for dinner. Many different types of Chinese food are offered, including Cantonese, Sichuan, and Taiwanese. There are also foods from other Asian cultures available. Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese food is available. Before I head to Chinatown, I often pick out a restaurant by visiting the website contains all of the menus of the restaurants in Chinatown. As a result, you can tell how much things will cost before you head out of the house.

Here are some of my favorite restaurants:
Four Rivers - excellent Sichuan (spicy Chinese) food
Yakitori Boy - eat Japanese kabobs (yakitori) while singing karaoke. Ask about the karaoke specials. Rooms are free during many hours if you eat a lot of food.
Hong Kong Bakery - relax and drink tea in a peaceful room full of friendly people

Jul 15, 2011


Though small compared to its hectic and sprawling counterpart in NYC, Philly's Chinatown is homey and not as daunting. It is nonetheless very much a true ethnic neighborhood, full of energy and a a large complement of restaurants and markets to get a real taste of Chinese culture and food.

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Mar 12, 2010

Every Big City Has One!

Although China Towns are pretty touristy and similar, the one in Philly is about as authentic you can get in the US. We were so impressed by how beautiful it was despite the rainy day. You could smell the food as we approached!

The stores sell many cheap Chinese souvenirs and nick knacks, you can collect some fun stuff here. I got a cute set of chopsticks that I used in my hair.

It was raining when we arrived so we decided on soup, we passed many restaurants handing out menus and featuring ducks in their windows and settled on a cute little cafe. I am sure it has a name, but I am at a loss.

The hot and sour soup was delicious. This restaurant also featured Pho a traditional Vietnamese dish that my husband really enjoyed.

Chinatown in Philadelphia is great and honestly worth the time to visit. It's pretty easy to get there on SEPTA and is perfect for a lunch stop!

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Jan 04, 2009

Visit Philly's Chinatown

We strolled up to Chinatown one evening to get some dinner. Philly has a very Robust Chinatown. Not as large as New York or San Francisco but still just as interesting. Where else but in a Chinatown can you get a plate of Jellyfish for dinner and not raise eyebrows?

I'll try almost anything once and now that I've tried the Jellyfish, I'm happy to say I've knocked it off the list. It's not bad, kind of a firm chewy texture with little flavor. I suspect if you got a tentacle it would spice up really nice. See attached photo for presentation.

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Dec 02, 2007
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Located in Center City between City Hall and the historic district, Chinatown is a busy little neighborhood full of unique architecture, interesting shops, and tasty restaurants and grocery stores. Home to about 10,000 people today, Philly's Chinatown began around 1870 with the establishment of the first Chinese laundromat and the area quickly attracted other Asian immigrants. Though the city has consumed much of the original Chinatown, the city has recognized the cultural and tourist value of the area and has taken steps to protect it.

It is estimated that there are several hundred Asian restaurants in Chinatown covering the full spectrum from Chinese, Japanese and Singaporean to Cambodian and Thai.

On-street parking is limited, but there are several private lots in the area.

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Dec 06, 2006

Philadelphia Chinatown

Philadelphia's Chinatown (tangrenjie) (zhonggoucheng) is considerably smaller than ones in New York or San Francisco, partly because Philadelphia's Chinese population isn't really that large. As with many other Chinatowns the size of Phialdelphia's isn't exactly defined; it covers between 6 and 8 blocks. There's a nice little gate at 10th street and Arch that welcomes you to Philadelphia Chinatown. You'll find the general Chinatown shops and restaurants; there's nothing too special. Parking is impossible, so be prepared. From Race St in Chinatown, you can get a view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. It's a nice place to wander around.

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Sep 10, 2006

A quick stroll through Chinatown

Chinatown in Philadelphia is rather small, compared to New York's Chinatown, but still offers some great restaurants, noodle houses, grocery, and souvenir stores. Philly Chinatown stretches about 1 square block and you can find the entrance to it, marked by a large Chinese gate/arch, on 11th and Arch St. This place could be busy, depending on when you get there. There is a little concert place (Tracadero) not too far away, actually right around the corner and if you go there in the evening on a day of a concert there may a lot of people walking around. If you have a chance, visit a store called "Chinese Bazaar" I think and pick up some great souvenirs.

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Apr 28, 2006

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Philadelphia's Chinatown is the fourth largest in the United States. A close-knit neighborhood centered around Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, Chinatown is currently expanding north of the Vine Street Expressway with a new housing development.

Shop at the dozens of gift shops and Asian markets, and enjoy access to the many events at the Pennsylvania Convention Center such as the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Auto Show.

Dine at a variety of Asian restaurants, offering Chinese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Burmese, or Thai cuisine. Or stroll over to the Reading Terminal Market where you can pick supplies for a picnic dinner or shop for take-home gourmet staples ranging from Amish farm produce and meats, to cilantro pesto, to kosher hors d'oeuvres and Cajun spices.

Personaly I wasn't very impressed with china town, but find out for your self.


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May 26, 2005

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Chinese Friendship Gate

Montreal has its own Chinatown, so we did not really venture into the one in Philadelphia. However, we did pass in front of the Chinese Friendship Gate in Philadelphia and took a picture of it because it is said to be the largest one in the world... and even if that's not the case, it is big, I'll give it that!

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May 14, 2005


Philadelphia, like many large cities, has a great Chinatown. Here you can find all of the city's best Chinese restaurants, cool Chinese import stores (think silk!) and funky groceries, fabric stores, and noodle shops. There are also a few cute toy shops. Take a walk through. It's worth it and you will enjoy yourself.

Feb 01, 2005


Chinatown is one of Philly's coolest attractions. Located downtown, Chinatown is jam packed with stores and restaurants that tantalize. I estimate that one in every three shops is a restaurant or coffee shop, so you can really eat yourself silly. Prices are super-reasonalble and variety abounds. Vietnamese, Cantonse, Szechuan, Mandarin, Thai, Hunan, Japanese and many more that I can't recall are all present to tempt your tastebuds. You will also find many Asian markets and fishmongers where you can find all those elusive ingredients you've been looking for.

The Friendship Gate shown here is a real Chinese gate built by artisans from China, and was the very 1st one built in America. It is a beautiful and fascinating piece of architecture.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the pamphlet "Guide to Chinatown Businesses." I found it helpful- I picked up my copy at the PA Convention Center.

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Jan 19, 2005

Little China!

I've been to Chinatown in about six US cities, but Chinatown in Philadelphia is by far the greatest of all them. While quieter and smaller than the Chinatown of New York or Chicago, Philadelphia Chinatown has many small Chinese shops and restaurants that many people like!

May 17, 2003

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Getting to Philadelphia


At the corner of Race St., and 10th St., Philadelphia, PA., 19107


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