About Chinatown. With a history going back to Los Angeles’ founding, the area today known as Chinatown has been home to L.A.’s first residents from Mexico, Italy, Croatia and China. Scattered between the contemporary shopping centers that house some of L.A.’s best new restaurants are stunning buildings that highlight the neighborhood’s Chinese heritage and the 19th century industrial beginnings of LA. Chinatown is immensely walkable, accessible by rail transit and close to DTLA and all that the eastside has to offer.