Take an audio tour right on your smartphone to learn about the history and architecture of L.A.'s Chinatown. Developed by Los Angeles Conservancy, the tour guides visitors through one of the city's oldest neighborhoods with many layers of history and diverse communities. The influx of popular culinary hotspots and art galleries, combined with the area's rich history, makes Chinatown one of L.A.'s most exciting neighborhoods.
The tour takes visitors to the Central Plaza in the heart of New Chinatown, and includes decades-old shops selling traditional teas, medicines, and Chinese imports; and places of historic importance in the battle for Chinese-American civil rights. The tour highlights dining institutions such as Hop Louie and Empress Pavilion, and the site of Madame Wong's, a hotspot for legendary punk bands in the 1970s and '80s.
Visitors can listen to the sites' stories right on their smartphones. They can download the Geotourist app for free from the Apple and Google app stores and access each site's audio tour based on their geographic location.