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This historic neighborhood features renovated and original cast-iron buildings, the Japanese Historical Plaza, and the Chinatown Gate. At night the clubs open, and the streets fill with single scenesters along with some homeless regulars. The weekend daytime highlight is Saturday Market, a huge outdoor art market between Skidmore Fountain and Tom McCall Waterfront Park featuring handmade gifts, clothes and jewelry. Saturday Market is open both Saturday and Sunday, March through December. Don't be fooled by the red lanterns and Chinese signs: Chinatown is not the place to find an authentic Chinese meal. Locals go to southeast Portland, where most of the local Chinese population resides.