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Address: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: 888-212-3203
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
Description: This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and it's...
This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and it's not hard to find: listen for the clack of mahjongg tiles and nose out the salty spicy squid.
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I love the streets I felt like we could have been in any street in China the buildings, decor and vibe of Chinatown was great. If you want to eat there I recommend going online... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Glendale, Arizona

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Midland, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I have been to many Chinatown's throughout the world. this one ranks as one of the best. With a wide variety of Chinese restaurants, culture and shopping; be sure to make this one of your stops when in San Francisco.

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I love all things Chinese, and I had a great time visiting this Chinatown. Grant Ave feels very touristy, which isn't everyone's thing, but I can appreciate a good tourist attraction and I enjoyed the mix of authentic Chinese culture and kitschy tourist attractions. Getting off this main drag, you can find stores that sell diverse dried fish and produce... More 

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

ate here, was okay, too busy and a very grimy, but interesting all the same, was not too keen so we didn't stop long, little italy was better in my view...

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is just ok felt we had to do it, but its just streets lined with tourist stores selling the same stuff. Got a reference for a restaurant and it was fine. It was ok.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It's a great place to stop by and see everything for about an hour, but it's a little overrated. The shops and restaurants are cool to go into and see.

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Glendale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I love the streets I felt like we could have been in any street in China the buildings, decor and vibe of Chinatown was great. If you want to eat there I recommend going online first and checking it out because there are a ton of restaurants it can be a bit overwhelming. We personally tried Hong Kong Clay Pot... More 

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California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Really big Chinatown. Great food; breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner. Stop by a bakery and get delicious buns and pastries. Be sure to try some roast duck. Lots of interesting and inexpensive souvenirs. On Grant St., there is a man that will make you a "chop" in 1-2 hours - interesting, unusual, useful, inexpensive gift! People are friendly.

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I love shopping here, it may take a little hunting to find a reasonable shop with authentic type souvenirs, but you can find some quality items if you search a bit. I love the ambience, the quaint meat shops and markets. Be sure and ask for a recommendation on a restaurant where the locals go, in order to get the... More 

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Goa, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I think we need to visit chinatown mostly when there are some special events cause it will be more lighted up and nice. I loved the paintings on the walls of the street. The lamp hanging from top .

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I was expecting more since I had heard so much about it. Not much to see except shops selling junk and restaurants. I thought it would offer more visually. Just another Chinese section of another major city. We were disappointed!

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Chinatown
As the oldest in North America, San Francisco's Chinatown is an exotic experience. A unique neighborhood decorated with colorful shops, historic streetlights, hanging lanterns, and pagoda roofs awaits behind the stone-carved dragon gates. Feast on dim sum at the tea houses, or meet the locals who gather at historic Portsmouth Square to play chess or practice Tai Chi. Fish markets, produce stands, tourist shops, jewelry stores, fortune tellers, temples and restaurants come together to create a world unto itself in this historic neighborhood.
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