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365 Things to do in DC

365 Things to Do in Washington DC

I suppose everyone had a wonderful summer filled with vacations, family reunions, and most of all, relaxation.  I know for me, it was gone in the blink of an eye.  However, I did enjoy myself even though the workload really never gave up.  A group of friends and I were sitting down the other weekend […]

Metrepole Condos Arlington, VA

Metropole Condos in Washington DC

The Metropole condos in Washington DC are in a prime location near Dupont and Logan Circles. The open floor plan, stunning kitchen and massive roof-top terrace for entertaining and relaxing are just part of the reason these condos are selling so fast. You’ll be in one of DC’s most sought-after neighborhoods and to top it off there is a Whole Foods Market right outside your door.


China Town

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Chinatown in Washington, D.C. is a small, historic neighborhood east of downtown, in the present day consisting of about 20 of ethnic Chinese and other Asian restaurants and small businesses along H and I Streets between 5th and 8th Streets, Northwest. It is known for its annual Chinese New Year festival and parade and the Friendship Arch, a Chinese gate built over H Street at 7th Street. Other prominent landmarks include the Verizon Center, a sports and entertainment arena, and the Old Patent Office Building, which houses two of the Smithsonian Museums. The neighborhood is served by the Gallery Place-Chinatown station of the Washington Metro.


In 2006, Chinatown went under a $200 million renovation, transforming the area into a bustling scene for nightlife, shopping and entertainment, with high-end restaurants, a deluxe movie theater and a number of new stores. Gentrification has produced a strange phenomenon in DC’s Chinatown. Local laws dictate that new businesses in the Chinatown area must have signs in English and Chinese, to preserve local character.[citation needed] Ironically most of the new businesses are national chain restaurants and stores, so that Starbucks, Hooters, CVS and Legal Sea Foods, among others, hang their names in Chinese outside their stores.

Chinatown’s most prominent businesses are the approximately 20 Chinese and Asian restaurants, almost all of which are owned by Asian American families. Among the most famous are Szechuan Gallery, Burma, Eat First, Full Kee, and Tony Cheng’s. One of the restaurants, Wok & Roll, occupies what was once Mary Surratt’s boarding house — the meeting place for John Wilkes Booth and his conspirators in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Another is located in a house once owned by the On Leong Chinese Merchants Association, which was among the first Chinese organizations to move into the neighborhood; today the structure is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The neighborhood is also home to a Chinese video store, a handful of general stores, and numerous Chinese-American cultural and religious charities. Recently, Chinatown has also 

become an independent transportation hub. Several independent, immigrant-owned Chinatown bus lines run from DC to the Chinatowns in Philadelphia, New York, and even Boston. They include Apex Bus, Today’s Bus, New Century Travel, and Dragon Coach. Prices are generally set at just under Greyhound Bus fares.

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