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By Deb Flomberg

Take the 110 to Hill Street and you’ll end up somewhere truly exotic without ever leaving California. Yes, it’s Chinatown, Los Angeles, and it is one of the best spots in the state to enjoy a ton of great shopping, dining, and plenty of local flavor.

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(Photo, Antoine Taveneaux)

Technically, it is the second Chinatown to be constructed in Los Angeles, however the original Chinatown (that dated back to the late 19th century) was demolished when Union Station was constructed. Chinatown, Los Angeles was built in 1938, and is one of three major Chinatowns in the state (the others are in San Francisco and Oakland.) Upon arriving in Chinatown, you are sure to recognize the familiar surroundings, as there have been a lot of films and television shows shot on location in Chinatown including “Freaky Friday,” “Rush Hour,” “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Lethal Weapon 4.”

Grab the family and head over to Chinatown to make a lot of lasting memories. Check out the Undiscovered Chinatown Tour, that takes you to a temple, an herbal shop, antique stores, art galleries and even more. It is a two and a half hour walking tour that is offered the first Saturday of every month, and it will point out all the great hidden secrets and off-the-beaten-path options in Chinatown (as well as point out some of the best bargains.)

The whole family will love browsing store to store, as there are so many unique shops and markets with lots of great hard-to-find treats and collectibles. Of course you can’t go into Chinatown without enjoying some of the incredible food at the many different restaurants – this cuisine could not possibly get any more authentic unless you had a plane ticket and a passport.

If you want to make that trip to Chinatown one that the whole family will enjoy, then make sure you have plenty of room for everyone by taking your S550 Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. The Sedan has room for the whole family, plus plenty of storage space for all those collectible and other goodies you are sure to purchase on your trip to Chinatown.

Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.

This is a “sponsored post,” meaning the company who sponsored the article compensated me for writing the article. The opinions I have expressed, however, are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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