Philadelphia Chinatown Tours

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Philadelphia Chinatown
Originally settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants, Philadelphia's Chinatown is a vibrant and eclectic neighborhood known for its fresh-food markets, authentic restaurants, and diverse crowds. Its streets and alleyways are jam-packed with shops, including those selling gifts and souvenirs, novelty items, and artisan crafts.   

The Basics
The colorful, 40-foot-high (12-meter-high) Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch streets marks the entrance to Philadelphia’s Chinatown. In addition to exploring the neighborhood, spanning from Arch to Vine streets and from 8th to 11th streets, hungry travelers can sample savory and sweet cuisine from one of Chinatown’s more than 50 restaurants, making it the ideal destination for enjoying authentic Chinese dim sum, noodles, and other delights. 
Visit Chinatown independently or as part of a sightseeing tour of Philly. It’s included on most hop-on hop-off tours, and there’s also a popular BYOB trolley tour to consider. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Chinatown is ideal for those looking for a meal and/or souvenirs and other goods.
  • It’s a great choice for a night out, with karaoke bars, comedy clubs, and live music venues on almost every corner.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • There are numerous parking garages within walking distance of the neighborhood.

How to Get There
There are several ways to reach Philadelphia’s Chinatown, located in Center City. Most visitors arrive as part of a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour or by public transport—the Market–Frankford subway line stops close by. Travelers can make their way to Philly’s Chinatown from other major East Coast cities using inexpensive Chinatown buses. 

When to Get There
As with all of Center City, Chinatown’s streets are busy year-round. Summer is Philly’s peak tourist season, whereas other times of year are less crowded. Spring and fall strike a nice balance between comfortable weather and manageable crowds.       

Asian Arts Initiative
While in Chinatown, set aside some time to check out the Asian Arts Initiative on Vine Street in the Callowhill/Chinatown North area. This community-based arts center is home to artist studios, a gallery and exhibition space, and a small theater. It also frequently hosts workshops and special events for those looking to learn more about Asian culture and traditions. 
Address: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, USA
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City Sightseeing Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

With 27 stops on this City Sightseeing tour of Philadelphia, you won’t run out of things to see or do. Once you board the open-top, double-decker bus, you can stay on for the entire 1.75-hour route narrated by a guide, or disembark at any of the hop-on hop-off stops for sightseeing along the way. Select a 1-, 2- or 3-day pass and see attractions such as the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Zoo and Betsy Ross House. Customize your own itinerary and set your own pace in the ‘City of Brotherly Love’!
  • Duration: 1 to 3 days
  • Duration: 1 to 3 days
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Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia

Explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit 27 of Philadelphia’s top attractions — like the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the United States Mint — on a 90-minute loop in an open-top, double-decker bus. Select a single or multi-day pass, then board at any of the 27 stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live onboard narration. Learn about the history and heritage of one of America's oldest cities.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour

Explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit 27 of Philadelphia’s top attractions — like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — on a 1.5-hour loop. Select from a 1, 2 or 3-day pass. Board at any of the 27 stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live commentary. A route map and courtesy shuttle from Center City hotels are included.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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BYOB Tour of Old City in Philadelphia

Tote a beer or wine along on this 2-hour trolley tour of Philadelphia's historic landmarks. Step off to walk around the LOVE statue, City Hall, or run up the Art Museum steps, Rocky-style. Drinks are BYOB.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Philadelphia 27-Stop Double Decker Tour Pass

Explore Philadelphia at your own pace, with all-day tickets for a hop-on, hop-off bus tour that stops at 27 of the city’s top attractions. Enjoy views from an open-top, double decker bus as your experienced guide shares insider stories about Philadelphia history and culture. Choose the sites that interest you most, and stay for as much time as you want. Trace America’s history at Betsey Ross’ house to Ben Franklin’s Grave, or discover world-class shopping and the Philadelphia Museum of Art; take the chance to make the trip your own. 1-, 2-, and 3-day passes available.
  • Duration: 3 days
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Philadelphia Cheesesteak Tour by Segway

Experience the Philadelphia cheesesteak like never before on this guided, 2-hour, small-group Segway tour. Learn how this iconic sandwich got its start and taste the best of Philly’s famous cheesesteaks — from Chinatown to Society Hill and South Philadelphia — on a 5-mile loop to five of the city’s authentic cheesesteak shops. Guided Segway training, all the necessary equipment and photos from the tour are included. Bring an appetite and dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo

Explore the best that Philadelphia has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. Visit 27 of Philadelphia’s top attractions — like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall — on a 1.5-hour loop. Select from a 1- or 2-day pass, then board at any of the 27 stops and get to know the city in custom fashion, with live on-board commentary. After dinner (own expense), enjoy the city as it’s illuminated for the evening on a ‘Philly by Night Tour.’ Pickup and drop-off from select hotels included.
  • Duration: 2 days
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