LA's Chinatown is located downtown, just south of Dodger Stadium. For the most part, its territory is circumscribed by the 110, 101, and 5 freeways. As one might expect, Chinatown is awash with small, Asian-American-owned businesses like specialty grocery stores, bargain retail establishments, and authentic Asian food restaurants. The area's population is predominantly Asian American, as well. Circa the year 2000, Chinatown's population began to dwindle as many of its residents emigrated to Monterey Park, but like the rest of Downtown Los Angeles
, it is now undergoing a modest renaissance.
Easy access to most of LA's major freeways puts Chinatown firmly in the middle of the city's hustle and bustle and, traffic permitting, makes for strong cross-metropolis mobility; the Metro Rail station there and its proximity to the Metro's Downtown confluence help in this department as well. Traffic congestion and parking scarcity can both be issues in Chinatown, but that tends to be true of the Downtown area more generally, so just plan ahead.