Chinatown Arch
Chinatown Arch
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The area
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
How to get there
  • Gallery Place • 4 min walk
  • Metro Center • 7 min walk

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Jydeoo
Lagos, Nigeria2,311 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
During one sunny afternoon in D.C., I decided to take a leisurely stroll. My initial intention was to hunt for souvenirs, but to my pleasant surprise, I stumbled upon a captivating artistic Chinatown gateway DC. I had seen other sign posts telling me that I was in Chinatown, but this Arch/Symbolic gateway was way beyond my expectations and more elaborate that those I had seen in other cities. The intricate design of the Chinatown Arch left me truly mesmerized. It was such a delightful encounter, especially since I had already noticed traces of Chinatown's influence all around the area. It was a wow experience!

While many folks make their way to D.C. primarily to visit iconic spots like the National Mall, the Federal Circle and the White House, stumbling upon this unique gem was like discovering a hidden treasure. I can't help but think that individuals intrigued by Asian culture or arts would find this attraction quite interesting.
Written 29 August 2023
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Jktchorne
Fort Smith, AR1,514 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
The archway is what I noticed when we turn the corner and realize stumbled in Chinatown. Great section of Dc! They really stick the theme even Americanize restaurant have it listed in Chinese! We did not eat just simple walked through the few blowout. It close to Fords theater and Gallery Metro!
Written 4 June 2021
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krocking123
New York City, NY967 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Not sure why but it stunk.. lots of homeless.. loud music and shady people hanging around smoking.. not a place I would bring little kids.. drive through just to say you did it.
Written 19 April 2019
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springbank
Greve, Denmark3,867 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
Some would say the Archway into Chinatown is an amazing site to see, or beautiful. Other that it's okay, just an archway over a street.
It's the epicenter of Chinatown in DC and known as the Friendship Archway.
It is built in 1986 to foster the growing relationship between the District of Columbia and Beijing Municipality (China) at that time. The archway is larger than traditional archways you will find in China or in Chinatowns in other cities around the world, crossing the entire four lane road.
Chinese Archways or Paifang are closely associated with Chinatowns.
Archways are usually found at the borders of Chinatowns and mark the border between the host society and the Chinese community separating the two social and cultural spaces.
As far as I could see there are only a handful of actual Asian restaurants in the area. More or less the neighborhood is now just sports bars, chains, and trendy restaurants. I think the demographic has also changed drastically. The archway is really the only landmark that indicates you're in Chinatown.
One of the most clean, nice China towns I've ever been to. Not the most authentic!
Written 12 October 2018
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Karen V
Tampa, FL3,035 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Family
You know when you're in Chinatown when you see the arch. You can't miss it. We happened to run across it while walking to a Spanish restaurant named La Tasca. Go figure that it would be a restaurant that doesn't serve Chinese food. We also had lunch at the Legal Sea Food that is also near the arch. It's worth a stop to look at it if you happen to be in the area. I don't think I'd make a special trip to see it unless you're going to one of the many great restaurants in the area.
Written 28 May 2018
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Denny B
Fort Wayne, IN1,332 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
Walk under the archway and enter the Chinatown restaurant experience. They are everywhere and we enjoyed several.
Written 23 September 2016
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TraveledViking
San Diego, CA878 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nice archway with some great Asian detail that I have not seen since going to some Korean Temples.

Unfortunately they need to clean the area up. Cover your pockets and hold you kids hand. There are some very shady characters hanging around. There is an obvious increase in security and Police in the area, and it's obvious why...
Written 16 September 2014
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jane a
London, UK508 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Came across this arch whilst walking, nice but wouldn’t go out of my way to see it. It is near the convention centre and subway nearby
Written 29 February 2020
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michelle r
Lake Worth, FL771 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
I was hoping DC was going to have a cool Chinatown area. When we got dropped at the archway, that was it. It seemed pretty commercial rather than old-school ethnic like other Chinatowns. It looked like a lot of the restaurants were closing and being taken over commercial establishments.
Written 29 December 2019
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
After getting out of the Gallery Place Metro Station, I was greeted by this beautiful Archway. It is the start of the small Chinatown where restaurants and other business establishments have their signs in Chinese characters or letters.

Briefly took some pictures here before proceeding to the other DC attractions.
Written 4 August 2019
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