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A bowl packed with spicy peppers at Seven Stars Pepper.
Seven Stars Pepper specializes in Sichuan dishes.
Jay Friedman

Where to Get Great Chinese Food in the Seattle Area

Dumplings, noodles, spicy Sichuan specialties, sauerkraut fish, and more

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Seven Stars Pepper specializes in Sichuan dishes.
| Jay Friedman

Whether planning a Lunar New Year celebration, or really any occasion all year long, Seattle’s Chinese food scene delivers. There is plenty of variety all over the area, serving up a variety of dumplings, noodles, hot pot, fiery Sichuan cuisine, and more. While some offer onsite dining during the current phase of Washington’s reopening plan, the majority have to-go options. These restaurants are listed from north to south. Since services shift often these days, if you see any changes or want us to consider a restaurant for future updates, send us a tip.

Though all the restaurants and bars on the list offer takeout, a number have resumed limited outdoor or dine-in service as well, per the current state mandates. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the King County’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Little Ting’s Dumplings

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14411 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 363-3866
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The boiled dumplings at this Greenwood spot (with another outpost in Bellevue) are juicy and excellent. Also available as pan-fried pot stickers, they come in many varieties, from pork and fennel to chive and scallop to sea cucumber and pork. Available for takeout and delivery through Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates.

A white plate filled with boiled dumplings from Little Ting’s.
Little Ting’s boasts some of the best boiled dumplings in town.
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2. Qian Noodles

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13510 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 407-6269
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Located near the Asian Food Center on the north side of town, this restaurant represents recipes from Guizhou province, with dishes like lamb noodle soup with pickled greens. The house specialty is a sour soup option, which adds paste from stir-fried pickled chili peppers, tomatoes, rice vinegar, and garlic. Available for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats and Chowbus.

A bowl of soy sauce sour soup with pork and extra toppings on the side.
Soy sauce sour soup
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3. Buerjia Chinese Sauerkraut Fish

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13200 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133
(206) 466-1005
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Amid Seattle’s growing number of hot pot restaurants and their endless choices of broths and add-ins is this quirky chain focused mainly on a single dish. Pickled mustard greens constitute the “sauerkraut” portion, with big bowls of hot-and-sour broth containing chunks of fish topped with chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns. Available for takeout and delivery via DoorDash.

Buerjia Chinese Sauerkraut Fish’s namesake dish.
Buerjia Chinese Sauerkraut Fish’s namesake dish
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4. Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon

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8917 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 528-5575
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This Maple Leaf fixture has been serving customers for over 25 years. Among some of the menu favorites are dumplings, sautéed string beans, smoked duck, and chow mein with homemade noodles. Plus, the portions are generous and shareable for those trying to feed a whole family. Available for takeout and delivery via Postmates.

The green-painted exterior of Snappy Dragon in Maple Leaf
Snappy Dragon has been a Maple Leaf fixture for more than two decades.
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5. Xi’an Noodles

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5259 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 522-8888
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This no-frills spot on the Ave in the U District has been slinging some of the city’s best Chinese food since it opened in 2016, with bowls of hand-pulled, wide biang biang noodles made from scratch every day. Must-try dishes include the spicy cumin lamb or whichever hot chili oil offering is available. Open for takeout.

A closeup view of Chinese noodles from Xi’an, topped with green onions.
The U District restaurant makes its noodles from scratch every day.
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6. Frying Fish

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1915 140th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 643-5555
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Pre-pandemic, this Sichuan restaurant would be constantly packed with people eating chili-laden dishes like the chef’s specialty “FeiTang” platters with crab, carp head, frog, and even fish fresh from the on-site tanks. Assorted cold appetizers along with spicy and sour dumplings are also standouts. Items are now available for curbside pickup with online preordering, and there’s limited indoor dining.

A dish at Frying Fish in Bellevue.
Frying Fish specializes in Sichuan cuisine.
Jay Friedman

7. Hai Di Lao Hot Pot

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600 Pine St Suite355
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 586-4598
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The wildly popular Chinese hot pot chain known for luxurious tableside attractions — including noodle dancers — opened at Pacific Place downtown and Bellevue’s Pacific Center, serving boiling broths, flavorful dipping sauces, and a wide selection of meats. Certain amenities (like massages for waiting diners) are not available, but takeout provides a lavish meal at home.

A hand dips a meat in a broth at a hot pot restaurant, with several dishes surrounding the bowl, including plates of raw meat, dumplings, and shrimp.
Hai Di Lao offers one of the city’s fancy hot pot meals.
Pacific Place [Official Photo]

8. Seven Stars Pepper

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1207 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 568-6446
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For good Sichuan food in the International District, this is the place. Hand-shaved noodles, mini-hot pots, and a bone-in version of Chongqing chicken are noteworthy. And this restaurant serves perhaps the best version of Dungeness crab in Seattle with a variety of preparations, including ginger and salt-and-pepper. Available for takeout and delivery via GrubHub and Uber Eats.

A bowl packed with spicy peppers at Seven Stars Pepper.
Seven Stars Pepper lives up to its name with spicy Sichuan dishes.
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9. Dim Sum King

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617 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 359-1628
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After a frightening car crash in October 2020, the 11-year-old neighborhood dim sum favorite reopened in November after repairs. From pillowy coconut buns and flaky egg tarts to pan-seared potstickers, the dishes rarely disappoint, and the restaurant has its own online ordering system.

A selection of tarts, pastries, and some steamed dumplings from Dim Sum King
Dim Sum King offers both savory and sweet dishes.
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10. Mike's Noodle House

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418 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 389-7099

At this popular International District spot, there’s Chinese comfort food in abundance. For a quick and inexpensive meal, bowls of wontons, dumplings, and noodles (the specialty is toothpick-thin egg noodles) are mighty satisfying. Or diners can start their day with a warm bowl of congee with various toppings and a youtiao (savory Chinese cruller). Available for takeout.

Wonton and sui-kau soup at Mike’s Noodle House.
Wonton and sui-kau soup
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11. A+ Hong Kong Kitchen

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419 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 682-1267
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This International District restaurant has an expansive menu featuring the subdued notes of Cantonese cuisine, in contrast to the spiciness of Sichuan food. Recommended dishes include spare ribs and Chinese sausage rice stone pot, deep-fried chicken wings, and stir-fried rice rolls with XO sauce. Available for takeout and delivery through GrubHub, Uber Eats, and Chowbus.

A plate of X.O. rice rolls at A+ Hong Kong Kitchen.
XO rice rolls
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12. Tai Tung Restaurant

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655 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-7372
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One of the most iconic restaurants in Seattle, this business has been in the neighborhood for 85 years, and continues to remain as solid as ever. Here’s a reminder that the late Bruce Lee loved the restaurant’s beef with oyster sauce, which will only one back about $9. The full menu is available for takeout only.

13. Harbor City Restaurant

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707 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 621-2228
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Perhaps the crown jewel of the International District’s dim sum spots, Harbor City’s popularity continues, even in modified form. The portions are shockingly large compared, and there isn’t a below-average dish to be found. The shrimp and chive are freshly steamed, and the honey walnut prawns are impeccable. Available for takeout and delivery via Caviar and Uber Eats.

A container with three dumplings garnished with parsley
Harbor City features great dim sum.
Harbor City [Official Photo]

14. Chengdu Taste

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504 5th Ave S Ste 106
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 333-0457
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The celebrated Sichuan chain from Southern California opened its first Seattle location in 2020, featuring popular items such as toothpick lamb with cumin, shredded pork, mung bean jelly noodles drenched in chilis, and a cold spring onion chicken in pepper sauce. Open for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats, as well as limited indoor dining.

A closeup view of Chengdu Taste’s mung bean jelly noodles with chili sauce.
Mung bean jelly noodles
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15. Ton Kiang Barbeque Noodle House

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668 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 622-3388

It’s easy to overlook this sliver of a storefront in the International District, but the compelling sight of hanging meats typically draw people in, and the amazing flavors ensures return visits. Roasted duck has crackly skin, while poached free-range chicken comes with a superb ginger-scallion sauce. Open for takeout with phone-in orders and delivery via Postmates.

Roasted duck at Ton Kiang Barbeque Noodle House.
Roasted duck is one of Ton Kiang’s specialties.
Jay Friedman

16. Foo Lam Chinese Restaurant

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7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 453-3498
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This unassuming strip mall restaurant is one of the best dim sum spots in South Seattle. The green beans are crisp, the shrimp dumplings are a must-try, and the lightly toasted sesame balls are divine. Open for takeout with online preordering; there’s also limited indoor dining from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.

The exterior of Foo Lam Chinese Restaurant, located in a South Seattle strip mall packed with cars in parking spots
Foo Lam is one of South Seattle’s dim sum destinations.
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17. Mama Dough

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18230 E Valley Hwy Ste 156
Kent, WA 98032
(253) 236-2165
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Those focused on soup dumplings outside some of the larger chains like Din Tai Fung may want to check out this low-key Kent spot located in a shopping mall. The frozen varieties can be delivered in bulk, but even the made-to-order ones hold up well for dining at home. It’s open for takeout and delivery via GrubHub, DoorDash, and Postmates.

A wooden bowl containing 10 soup dumplings
Mama Dough in Kent has some of the area’s best soup dumplings.
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1. Little Ting’s Dumplings

14411 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
A white plate filled with boiled dumplings from Little Ting’s.
Little Ting’s boasts some of the best boiled dumplings in town.
Jay Friedman

The boiled dumplings at this Greenwood spot (with another outpost in Bellevue) are juicy and excellent. Also available as pan-fried pot stickers, they come in many varieties, from pork and fennel to chive and scallop to sea cucumber and pork. Available for takeout and delivery through Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates.

14411 Greenwood Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133

2. Qian Noodles

13510 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
A bowl of soy sauce sour soup with pork and extra toppings on the side.
Soy sauce sour soup
Jay Friedman

Located near the Asian Food Center on the north side of town, this restaurant represents recipes from Guizhou province, with dishes like lamb noodle soup with pickled greens. The house specialty is a sour soup option, which adds paste from stir-fried pickled chili peppers, tomatoes, rice vinegar, and garlic. Available for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats and Chowbus.

13510 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133

3. Buerjia Chinese Sauerkraut Fish

13200 Aurora Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133
Buerjia Chinese Sauerkraut Fish’s namesake dish.
Buerjia Chinese Sauerkraut Fish’s namesake dish
Jay Friedman

Amid Seattle’s growing number of hot pot restaurants and their endless choices of broths and add-ins is this quirky chain focused mainly on a single dish. Pickled mustard greens constitute the “sauerkraut” portion, with big bowls of hot-and-sour broth containing chunks of fish topped with chili peppers and Sichuan peppercorns. Available for takeout and delivery via DoorDash.

13200 Aurora Ave N
Seattle, WA 98133

4. Judy Fu’s Snappy Dragon

8917 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115
The green-painted exterior of Snappy Dragon in Maple Leaf
Snappy Dragon has been a Maple Leaf fixture for more than two decades.
Snappy Dragon/Facebook

This Maple Leaf fixture has been serving customers for over 25 years. Among some of the menu favorites are dumplings, sautéed string beans, smoked duck, and chow mein with homemade noodles. Plus, the portions are generous and shareable for those trying to feed a whole family. Available for takeout and delivery via Postmates.

8917 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115

5. Xi’an Noodles

5259 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105
A closeup view of Chinese noodles from Xi’an, topped with green onions.
The U District restaurant makes its noodles from scratch every day.
Xi’an Noodles/Facebook

This no-frills spot on the Ave in the U District has been slinging some of the city’s best Chinese food since it opened in 2016, with bowls of hand-pulled, wide biang biang noodles made from scratch every day. Must-try dishes include the spicy cumin lamb or whichever hot chili oil offering is available. Open for takeout.

5259 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

6. Frying Fish

1915 140th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005
A dish at Frying Fish in Bellevue.
Frying Fish specializes in Sichuan cuisine.
Jay Friedman

Pre-pandemic, this Sichuan restaurant would be constantly packed with people eating chili-laden dishes like the chef’s specialty “FeiTang” platters with crab, carp head, frog, and even fish fresh from the on-site tanks. Assorted cold appetizers along with spicy and sour dumplings are also standouts. Items are now available for curbside pickup with online preordering, and there’s limited indoor dining.

1915 140th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98005

7. Hai Di Lao Hot Pot

600 Pine St Suite355, Seattle, WA 98101
A hand dips a meat in a broth at a hot pot restaurant, with several dishes surrounding the bowl, including plates of raw meat, dumplings, and shrimp.
Hai Di Lao offers one of the city’s fancy hot pot meals.
Pacific Place [Official Photo]

The wildly popular Chinese hot pot chain known for luxurious tableside attractions — including noodle dancers — opened at Pacific Place downtown and Bellevue’s Pacific Center, serving boiling broths, flavorful dipping sauces, and a wide selection of meats. Certain amenities (like massages for waiting diners) are not available, but takeout provides a lavish meal at home.

600 Pine St Suite355
Seattle, WA 98101

8. Seven Stars Pepper

1207 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98144
A bowl packed with spicy peppers at Seven Stars Pepper.
Seven Stars Pepper lives up to its name with spicy Sichuan dishes.
Jay Friedman

For good Sichuan food in the International District, this is the place. Hand-shaved noodles, mini-hot pots, and a bone-in version of Chongqing chicken are noteworthy. And this restaurant serves perhaps the best version of Dungeness crab in Seattle with a variety of preparations, including ginger and salt-and-pepper. Available for takeout and delivery via GrubHub and Uber Eats.

1207 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98144

9. Dim Sum King

617 S Jackson St, Seattle, WA 98104
A selection of tarts, pastries, and some steamed dumplings from Dim Sum King
Dim Sum King offers both savory and sweet dishes.
Dim Sum King/Facebook

After a frightening car crash in October 2020, the 11-year-old neighborhood dim sum favorite reopened in November after repairs. From pillowy coconut buns and flaky egg tarts to pan-seared potstickers, the dishes rarely disappoint, and the restaurant has its own online ordering system.

617 S Jackson St
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Mike's Noodle House

418 Maynard Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Wonton and sui-kau soup at Mike’s Noodle House.
Wonton and sui-kau soup
Jay Friedman

At this popular International District spot, there’s Chinese comfort food in abundance. For a quick and inexpensive meal, bowls of wontons, dumplings, and noodles (the specialty is toothpick-thin egg noodles) are mighty satisfying. Or diners can start their day with a warm bowl of congee with various toppings and a youtiao (savory Chinese cruller). Available for takeout.

418 Maynard Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

11. A+ Hong Kong Kitchen

419 6th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
A plate of X.O. rice rolls at A+ Hong Kong Kitchen.
XO rice rolls
Jay Friedman

This International District restaurant has an expansive menu featuring the subdued notes of Cantonese cuisine, in contrast to the spiciness of Sichuan food. Recommended dishes include spare ribs and Chinese sausage rice stone pot, deep-fried chicken wings, and stir-fried rice rolls with XO sauce. Available for takeout and delivery through GrubHub, Uber Eats, and Chowbus.

419 6th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

12. Tai Tung Restaurant

655 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104

One of the most iconic restaurants in Seattle, this business has been in the neighborhood for 85 years, and continues to remain as solid as ever. Here’s a reminder that the late Bruce Lee loved the restaurant’s beef with oyster sauce, which will only one back about $9. The full menu is available for takeout only.

655 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

13. Harbor City Restaurant

707 S King St, Seattle, WA 98104
A container with three dumplings garnished with parsley
Harbor City features great dim sum.
Harbor City [Official Photo]

Perhaps the crown jewel of the International District’s dim sum spots, Harbor City’s popularity continues, even in modified form. The portions are shockingly large compared, and there isn’t a below-average dish to be found. The shrimp and chive are freshly steamed, and the honey walnut prawns are impeccable. Available for takeout and delivery via Caviar and Uber Eats.

707 S King St
Seattle, WA 98104

14. Chengdu Taste

504 5th Ave S Ste 106, Seattle, WA 98104
A closeup view of Chengdu Taste’s mung bean jelly noodles with chili sauce.
Mung bean jelly noodles
Amaelinda B Lee

The celebrated Sichuan chain from Southern California opened its first Seattle location in 2020, featuring popular items such as toothpick lamb with cumin, shredded pork, mung bean jelly noodles drenched in chilis, and a cold spring onion chicken in pepper sauce. Open for takeout and delivery via Uber Eats, as well as limited indoor dining.

504 5th Ave S Ste 106
Seattle, WA 98104

15. Ton Kiang Barbeque Noodle House

668 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98104
Roasted duck at Ton Kiang Barbeque Noodle House.
Roasted duck is one of Ton Kiang’s specialties.
Jay Friedman

It’s easy to overlook this sliver of a storefront in the International District, but the compelling sight of hanging meats typically draw people in, and the amazing flavors ensures return visits. Roasted duck has crackly skin, while poached free-range chicken comes with a superb ginger-scallion sauce. Open for takeout with phone-in orders and delivery via Postmates.

668 S Weller St
Seattle, WA 98104

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16. Foo Lam Chinese Restaurant

7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S, Seattle, WA 98118
The exterior of Foo Lam Chinese Restaurant, located in a South Seattle strip mall packed with cars in parking spots
Foo Lam is one of South Seattle’s dim sum destinations.
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This unassuming strip mall restaurant is one of the best dim sum spots in South Seattle. The green beans are crisp, the shrimp dumplings are a must-try, and the lightly toasted sesame balls are divine. Open for takeout with online preordering; there’s also limited indoor dining from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.

7101 Martin Luther King Jr Way S
Seattle, WA 98118

17. Mama Dough

18230 E Valley Hwy Ste 156, Kent, WA 98032
A wooden bowl containing 10 soup dumplings
Mama Dough in Kent has some of the area’s best soup dumplings.
Mama Dough/Facebook

Those focused on soup dumplings outside some of the larger chains like Din Tai Fung may want to check out this low-key Kent spot located in a shopping mall. The frozen varieties can be delivered in bulk, but even the made-to-order ones hold up well for dining at home. It’s open for takeout and delivery via GrubHub, DoorDash, and Postmates.

18230 E Valley Hwy Ste 156
Kent, WA 98032

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