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The first American Chinatown planned and owned by Chinese immigrants, this vibrant LA neighborhood has grown into a charming collection of businesses and residences. In addition to lively retail markets and restaurants, the neighborhood hosts fun events like the Chinese New Year celebration in February, a summer film festival, and a weekly farmers market. A good place to start your visit is the Historical Society and Visitors Center (411 and 415 Bernard St), where you can obtain maps and info on the area. Take the Metro Rail gold line to the Chinatown station at College and Spring Streets.