Chinatown Philadelphia Friendship Gate Was Renovated and Rededicated in 2008

Chinatown Philadelphia

Philadelphia Chinatown Friendship Gate / CC BY 3.0

Center City District - TEAL - Convention Center District

The Chinatown Philadelphia Friendship Gate was the first authentic Chinese Gate in America, to be built by highly skilled Chinese artists. It was built in 1984, and after 23 years, it was substantially refurbished and repainted, and rededicated on November 19, 2008.

The materials for the Friendship Gate - the largest Chinese Gate in the world, outside of China itself - were donated by the citizens of Tianjin, Philadelphia's sister city in China.

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Getting to Chinatown Philadelphia

The Phlash

When in season, the purple Phlash Trolley has a stop at the Philadelphia Convention Center - also known (officially) as the Pennsylvania Convention Center - right next door to Chinatown.

However, the Phlash only runs from May 1 to October 31, and it stops operating around 5:30 - 6 PM, depending on the circumstances.


Chinatown Philadelphia is located in the heart of the city, and so SEPTA offers a multitude of year-round options.

If you are already in Center City, or visiting from one of the nearby neighborhoods, your best choice is the Blue Line / Market-Frankford Line / "the el" - which are all different names for the same SEPTA rapid transit line. You can get off at two different Blue Line stops - 13th Street Station, which places you at 13th and Market Streets, or 11th Street Station, which places you at 11th and Market Streets. From either, it's just a block or two to Chinatown.

SEPTA Regional Rail

If you are coming from one of the more distant neighborhoods in the city, or from the Pennsylvania or New Jersey suburbs, you would be best off with SEPTA Regional Rail service. Virtually all inbound SEPTA Regional Rail trains will stop at Market East Station which is located at 11th and Market Streets. Just come up from the platform and exit, and go one block north to Arch Street, and you're in Chinatown.

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