Enter the Dragon – Chinatown Gateway in Los Angeles
Sculpture Impresses Our Private Tour Guests
The impressive Rupert Mok sculpture of two golden dragons rises over the roadway leading into the downtown side of Chinatown, the Golden Dragon Gateway. Dedicated in 2001 the location draws visitors from the nearby Olvera Street historic district over and into a district itself historic. While Olvera Street dates back to the earliest days of Los Angeles and its founding, Chinatown only goes back to the the era of the California Gold Rush and the building of the Transcontinental Railroad. Chinatown was originally located where Union Station stands today and it was the construction of that beautiful train station that forced the relocation of Chinatown to its present location where it has prospered. Vibrant with Asian culture, exotic shops and restaurants and a healthy art community, Chinatown is a destination for all visitors interested in Los Angeles and its multi-cultural origins and development. A walking tour from 2003 is still a good way to learn about Chinatown and the immediate vicinity either alone or with us on a private Los Angeles tour.