Take an Asia-inspired day trip through the San Gabriel Valley, otherwise known as "Little Taipei," twenty minutes east of downtown L.A. Start the day with dim sum at 888 (8450 East Valley Boulevard, Suite 121, Rosemead 91770; 626-573-1888), which trumps other local spots in authenticity (chicken feet, tripe) and variety, offering up to 80 dishes on weekends. Then take a ten-minute drive to Barnes Park (350 South McPherrin Avenue), where you can meander the green pathways, picnic on the lawn, and watch local residents and community groups practicing kung fu and tai chi. Turn down West Garvey Avenue to browse the packed aisles of Wing Hop Fung Ginseng & Chinese Products, an emporium that carries fragrant loose teas, jarred and bottled Chinese remedies, and an exhaustive selection of Chinese ceramics and teapots. End the evening with a trip to the Noodle House (958 East Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park 91755; 626-280-0831), known for its handmade noodles and a dozen types of inventive Chinese dumplings, including varieties stuffed with scallop or pumpkin.
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