CicLAvia is proud to partner with Los Angeles pop culture expert and humorist Charles Phoenix for an up-close, enthusiastic and entertaining tour of Chinatown. Three one-hour Chinatown walking tours will be offered during CicLAvia – Heart of LA on October 6. Participants will check-in at the CicLAvia information booth at the Chinatown Hub 30 minutes before tour time. The $39 ticket includes the tour, fresh eggrolls and more with proceeds benefitting CicLAvia.
Experience the charm of LA’s legendary Old Chinatown as your tour guide, Charles Phoenix, shares his keen eye for oddball detail and the stories, and glories, of one of LA’s most exotic themed environments and precious pop cultural resources. Look through the layers of time at Chinatown’s recently restored vintage neon signage, colorful Chinese modern architecture, multi-generation family owned antique stores and curio shops, classic restaurants and more. You will never see Old Chinatown the same way again.
There are only 30 tickets per tour. Tickets are now on sale for the following times (click on time for purchase link):
Please wear comfortable walking shoes and arrive at check-in 30 minutes prior to tour time. This is an excerpt of Charles’ “Disneyland” Tour of Downtown Los Angeles!
Tour itinerary includes, but is not limited to:
Seven Star Cavern Wishing Well – since 1938 – make a wish!
Fong’s - since 1952 - Vintage Chinese kites, miniatures and snuff bottles
Jade Tree - since 1942- Beautiful Asian antiques displayed in a spellbinding mid-century Chinese modern style interior
F. See On Antiques – since 1870 – A spellbinding time warp display of old school Chinese antiques
Y.C. Hong's law office – 1938 time capsule office of LA’s first Chinese Lawyer office
Realm – LA’s most beautiful gift shopin former Chinese restaurant and bar interior
Hop Louis – since 1941 - Enjoy a scrumptious eggroll in Chinatown’s legendary Golden Pagoda
K.G. Louie – since 1938 – Chinese curios and the famous neon Buddha
And, if you'd like to delve into the history of Chinese Americans in Los Angeles to get yourself ready for the tour, the Chinese American Museum has a great online guide to help frame the tour in a historical and cultural perspective.