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Chinatown

 

Chinatown is a series of strip malls located about 1.5 miles west of Treasure Island on Spring Mountain Rd.  Chinatown Plaza was the first shopping center.  More than just Chinese--the businesses that comprise Chinatown are pan-Asian and feature Chinese, Thai, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino and Japanese. 

 

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A night view of Pacific Asian Plaza. 

 

Pacific Asian Plaza from another angle. 

 
  

Chinatown and the Asian Business District extends for about two and a half miles down Spring Mountain Rd. 

  

Chinatown in Las Vegas is one of the few places one can find authentic Chinese and Asian cuisine.

  

Businesses in Chinatown Plaza. 

  

An ornamental Chinese arch called in Mandarin a paifang.   This arch is located at the entrance of Chinatown Plaza.  This photo was taken April 23, 2011.

 

A daytime view of the paifang taken in 2008.

 
 

Chinatown Plaza at night.  April 23, 2011. 

 
  

The Journey to the West--a Ming Dynasty-era story in Chinese literature featuring Xuan Zang and the Monkey King. 

 

The Journey continues night and day. 

 

The characters of the Journey to the West.

 
 

A closer view of the bronze statue called The Journey to the West. 

 

It's estimated that 200,000 Asian-Americans live in Las Vegas.  During the Lunar New Year, the Asian Food Festival occurs with traditional lion and dragon dance performances.  

  

Chinatown Mall located in Chinatown Plaza. 

  

Stylized lions guarding the entrance to the Chinatown Mall. 

 

More businesses at Chinatown Plaza--the interesting designs of the roof outlined in light.  The upward points often seen on the corners of roofs along with other strange shapes are meant to confuse and protect against demons

 

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