The Chinese community is one of the biggest in Los Angeles. In the beginning, immigrants from China settled in the area that is today home to Union Station, right in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. As time went on, most had to move several blocks west of Alameda Street, forming what we now know as Chinatown. The area is not known for its great architectural symbols, but its charm and exoticism are a sight to behold. Today it remains at the centre of the cultural life of the community, even though the majority of the Chinese do not live there, but on the outskirts of Monterey Park and Alhambra. Its most important street is North Broadway, an area that is very lively during big festivals, especially Chinese New Year. Like many other areas of Los Angeles, Chinatown has also been the scene of several films. The most famous is the one which bears its name: ‘Chinatown’, a 1974 film directed by Roman Polanski and starring Jack Nicholson. For more information about this popular area, see www.chinatownla.com where, amongst other things, you can take a guided tour.
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