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Chinatown

Stretching from Arch Street to Vine Street, and from 11th street to 8th Street, Chinatown is packed end-to-end with restaurants and stores that represent Hong Kong, Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern Sichuan and Taiwanese cultures, with a sprinkling of Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, and Vietnamese. Beyond the iconic Chinatown Friendship Gate, visitors can look forward to delicious food from acclaimed restaurants and street vendors, fabulous shops, seasonal street festivals, and more.

How to get there

Chinatown is a short walk from Jefferson Station (Regional Rail), 8th Street and 11th Street Stations (Market-Frankford Line), Chinatown and 8th Street Stations (Broad-Ridge Spur) and City Hall (Broad Street Line). Multiple Bus Routes also serve Chinatown. 

Bus Routes

Routes 23, 47M, 45, 48, and 61

Subway lines

Market-Frankford Line, Broad Ridge Spur, Broad Street Line

Regional Rail lines that come into Jefferson Station

Airport Line Regional Rail

Warminster Line Regional Rail

Wilmington/Newark Line Regional Rail

West Trenton Line Regional Rail

Media/Elwyn Line Regional Rail

Lansdale/Doylestown Line Regional Rail

Paoli/Thorndale Line Regional Rail

Manayunk/Norristown Line Regional Rail

Chestnut Hill East Line Regional Rail

Trenton Line Regional Rail

Fox Chase Line Regional Rail

Chestnut Hill West Line Regional Rail

Fare

There are many ways to get here on SEPTA, there are also many ways to pay. Click here to learn which fare is best for you.

Things To Do

On any given day or night, Chinatown pulses with sensory pleasures, including fantastic food and an abundance of activities. Visitors can look forward to acclaimed chefs serving steaming platters of hand-stretched noodles seasonal street festivals the locally guided tours and more.

Upcoming Local Happenings

Chinatown Summer Festival 2024

Chinatown

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC) is proud to present Chinatown Summer Festival, a 1-day street festival featuring neighborhood restaurants, food trucks, local artists and performers on . Short walk from Jefferson Station, 8th Street Station, 11th Street Station and Chinatown Station. Or hop Routes 23, 47M, 45, 48 or 61.

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The Philly PHLASH

Independance Visitor Center

The Philadelphia PHLASH costs just $2 per person per ride or $5 for an all-day pass. If you have a SEPTA Key - you can ride free!

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Liberty Garden

Independence Visitor Center

Check out Philadelphia's newest beer garden - Liberty Garden located across from the Independence Visitor Center at Independence National Historical Park. Ride the Market-Frankford Line to 5th Street or hop Routes 17, 33, 38, 44, 47 or 57.

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Chinese Lantern Festival

Franklin Square

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square illuminates the nights now thru 8/18 in the Historic District with dozens of massive, intricate, and handcrafted lanterns. SEPTA Key card holders get $1 off the Parx Liberty Carousel ride. It's a short walk from 5th Street/Independence Hall on the Market-Frankford Line!

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Center City SIPS

Center City

Center City District SIPS is back on Wednesdays from 5PM to 7PM. From outdoor beer gardens and cocktail lounges to dance bars and some of the best restaurants in Philadelphia - there’s a place for everyone at CCD SIPS and a way to get there on SEPTA!

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Franklin Square Fountain Show

Franklin Square

The popular free choreographed water and light show runs every weekend - now thru the end of October! Catch it every 30 minutes from noon until closing. It's a short walk from 5th Street/Independence Hall Station on the Market-Frankford Line.

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