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Details: Boston's Chinatown and Little Italy tours

Sunday, March 7, 2010; F06

All flight and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.

Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Boston? Here's what you need to know for the weekend of March 12-14:

GETTING THERE

AirTran, JetBlue and Southwest have nonstop flights from Baltimore-Washington International to Boston's Logan Airport, with fares starting at $151 round trip.

WHERE TO STAY

Hyatt Regency Boston

1 Avenue de Lafayette, 617-912-1234

http://www.regencyboston.hyatt.com

Located downtown and an easy walk to Boston Common, the theater district and Chinatown. Rooms start at $199.

Radisson Hotel Boston

200 Stuart St., 617-482-1800

http://www.radisson.com/bostonma

Also downtown; rooms start at $179.

WHERE TO EAT

Hei La Moon

88 Beach St., 617-338-8813

http://www.heilamoon.com

According to our guide, this restaurant is among the more formal. Dim sum dishes start at $2.50.

New Shanghai Restaurant

21 Hudson St., 617-338-6688

http://www.newshanghairestaurant.com

Despite its name, New Shanghai focuses on Sichuan and Mandarin food. The menu ranges from $1.50 for fried crispy dough to $34 for a whole Peking duck, but most entrees cost between $10 and $15.

Ho Yuen Bakery

54 Beach St., 617-426-8320

Yummy baked goods that, according to our guide, "blur the line between sweet and savory." Try the moon cakes. The lotus seed variety are $3.70 each.

WHAT TO DO

Boston Chinatown Market Tour

617-523-6032

http://www.foodtoursofboston.com

Owned and created by chef Michele Topor. A 3 1/2 -hour eating and walking tour of Chinatown markets and shops that ends with a dim sum lunch, $65 (plus 5 percent tax) per person (includes dim sum). Thursday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Purchase tickets online.

North End Market Tour

Three-hour walking tours of the North End, Boston's Little Italy, by the same company that runs the Chinatown tour. $50 (plus 5 percent tax) per person. Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3-6 p.m.

INFORMATION

http://www.bostonusa.com

-- A.P.

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