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Washington DC Chinatown

Washington DC Chinatown

Chinatown, Washington DC

The Basics

Whether you are there for shopping, dining, or just to have a look around, the bustling streets of Chinatown have plenty of activities to keep you busy. You can visit on a hop-on-hop-off bus tour, catch a show or sporting event at the Capital One Arena, or book a guided tour and let a guide show you around so you don’t have to worry about navigating the busy streets on your own.

Another favorite way to explore Chinatown is on a pedicab (rickshaw) tour. The unique form of transport adds an entertaining twist to a Chinatown adventure. Plus, you can relax and enjoy the sights while a guide narrates the journey.

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Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour
Washington DC National Mall and Museums Pedicab Tour
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$100.69 per adult
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we enjoyed our trip, everything was...
we enjoyed our trip, everything was just fine. Sorry I can't remember our guides name, but she was excellent. I am so glad I found your site online as I really can't walk for very long and appreciated being able to show my granddaughter some of the points of interest in DC.
Josephine M, Jul 2014

Recent reviews from experiences in Washington DC

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Fun Drivers!
Agnes_T, Sep 2019
Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour
I enjoyed the moonlight ride more than the day ride, just because DC is prettier at night! The drivers were all Amazing! Fun, funny and quite good story tellers.
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Washington DC
Kenneth_B, Sep 2019
Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour
Very good overall. Only issue is the Moonlight tour stops need to be lit up better. Uneven walkway made caused my wife to fall @ FDR monument. Other participants almost fell over low stone benches
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Smiley for President!
clowellhuff, Aug 2019
Washington DC Super Saver: Hop-on Hop-off Trolley + Monuments by Moonlight Tour
Smiley is the absolute best! He was our driver twice, once on the hotel courtesy shuttle and again for the Monuments at Night. He was funny, knowledgeable and very considerate. We absolutely enjoyed both days. The only downside was one driver who picked us up from the Arlington shuttle driver (who was also great). This one hop on hop off driver was rude to fellow guests, and made his bus feel very tense... such a difference from all the other drivers we had during our day. We quickly chose to hop off again. If you have a chance, use this tour company, and get ready to learn and laugh if you are fortunate enough to get Smiley. “A happy Houston, TX teacher”

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visiting Chinatown is a great way to break up a traditional DC day of monuments and museums.
  • Wide, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks make the neighborhood easy to navigate with a wheelchair or stroller.
  • Arrive hungry—one of the best parts of Chinatown is sampling the food.
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How to Get There

You can reach Chinatown by Metrorail—take the Red, Yellow, or Green lines to Gallery Place-Chinatown—and explore the area on foot. It is also easy to reach the area by bus, taxi, or on a tour.

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When to Get There

Chinatown is bustling all year round, but the most popular time to visit is during the Chinese New Year—which typically falls at the end of January or beginning of February. The streets are alive with parades, live entertainment, firecrackers, and festivities.

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Wildcard

Where to Get the Best Dim Sum in Chinatown Dim sum is a traditional Chinese cuisine served in bite-sized portions on small plates and traditionally delivered via a pushcart buffet. To experience authentic dim sum, head to Tony Cheng's Restaurant. You can order from a pushcart on weekends or a menu on weekdays. For dim sum with a Peruvian twist, China Chilcano hosts “Dim Sum Tuesdays.” If you are looking for dim sum in an upscale atmosphere, try The Source by Wolfgang Puck.

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