Chinatown is a predominantly Asian American neighborhood located within Center City Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation supports the area. Chinatown’s boundaries are Vine Street to the North, Market Street to the South, 9th Street to the East and Broad Street to the West. During various periods of urban renewal, starting in the 1960s, portions of Chinatown were razed for the construction of the Vine Street Expressway and Pennsylvania Convention Center . The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation was formed in 1968. This gave community and business leaders more say in matters of local development. The Chinatown Friendship Gate, located at 10th and Arch Street, is an internationally known landmark and a symbol of cultural exchange and friendship between Philadelphia and its Sister City, Tianjin, China. Chinatown features a large number of restaurants featuring East Asian cuisines. 10th Street and Race Street host nearly a dozen different Hong Kong-style bakery cafes. Furthermore, there are restaurants serving Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern, Sichuan, and Taiwanese cuisine. There are also a number of restaurants in Philadelphia’s Chinatown serving other Asian cuisines, such as Burmese, Japanese, and Vietnamese.
Chinatown Friendship Gate
TenTen Race – 1010 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Pitcairn Building – 1027 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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