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  2. California
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Chinatown, Los Angeles

Los Angeles: 4-Hour Downtown Tour

Product ID: 286125
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Get hands-on experience and in-depth exposure to a multicultural hub of downtown Los Angeles alongside a local guide.
About this activity
Duration 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the multicultural roots of downtown LA with a local guide
  • See some of the murals honoring immigrants and local figures
  • Explore the city’s birthplace at El Pueblo de Los Angeles National Monument
  • Make a wish at a historic Chinatown wishing well
  • Learn about mole and make your own enchiladas
Full description
Meet at the bottom of the Angels Flight funicular railway in the center of the Historic Bunker Hill District. The Bunker Hill area was where the bankers lived, building grand Victorian houses from fortunes made in gold or oil. In 1917, the Grand Central Market opened, in part to serve this community. Hear the personal stories from some of the people behind the produce. Explore the market, seeking new sights and tastes.

Jump on the Metro Red Line to Union Station. Once the largest rail station in the West, this Art Deco gem with Spanish Colonial accents has been transformed into a shopping, eating and cultural center. Cross the street to the Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Olvera Street and head down to the Avila Adobe, the oldest adobe building in Los Angeles. Take a break at a family-owned modern Mexican restaurant and learn the origin and traditions of mole. The owner will share the techniques on how to make their signature mole and you can taste several different versions with homemade tortillas. Then build your own enchiladas to enjoy with your favorite sauce.

Walk through Chinatown, stopping at the Chinatown Central Plaza to experience an immigrant neighborhood in the midst of a renaissance. Learn about its history as a Chinese community as well as a haven for artists and galleries. Meet a local Chinese guide who will translate your local conversations and take you behind the scenes in Chinatown. Take a tea break at an authentic Chinatown tea house for tea and a cookie.

End the tour at Chinatown’s Seven Star Cavern Wishing Well, where you can toss in a coin and make a wish.
Includes
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Mexican food workshop and tastings session
  • Entrance to a temple in Chinatown
  • Chinese tea ceremony
  • Pastry
  • Metro ticket
  • Food tasting in the market
What’s Not Included
  • Gratuities

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Angels Flight Railway Lower Station, 351 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Your guide will be holding an Urban Adventures and New York Times Journeys sign. Exact GPS: 34.051098,-118.249822

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please notify the local partner in advance if you have any dietary requests