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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: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
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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Not our first trip to SF, but our first to China Town

We were in San Francisco for a few days and made it a point to make it to China Town this trip. The last time we were here, we were unable to find a parking spot. So we took the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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Canberra, Australia
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124 reviews 124 reviews
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We walk around Chinatown. Had no idea it was going to be so large. It was alive and vibrant. People, action, smells, interesting sighs. So much fun. We watched fortune cookies been made and lots more. Go have a look and enjoy.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We were in San Francisco for a few days and made it a point to make it to China Town this trip. The last time we were here, we were unable to find a parking spot. So we took the Cable Car from Fisherman's Wharf to the main gate, then casually walked down the streets and browsed the shops along... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Chinatown was very bright and lively. It felt like many Chinatown's around the country. You can find cheap souvenirs and whole ducks in storefronts. One thing I did like was that the people were very nice and not pushy at all. We enjoyed walking the streets and taking in the atmosphere.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Most of restaurant offer Dim Sum for brunch. Or there are quite a few of pastry shop sells varieties of breakfast item. Barbecue pork, roasted duck, oven chicken or dishes for dining are the temptation of our desire. Antique shops are mainly located on Grant Ave. Fresh fruit and vegetable shops are located on Stockton St. Go for it.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We were really looking forward to Chinatown and were very disappointed once we arrived. It was very crowded and there was a lot of garbage in the street. We didn't stay for very long at all because we just didn't feel comfortable there.

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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The thing which impressed me most was the how this place in-spite of being in the heart of SFO , had a character of its own. The shops were mostly identical, try and stop at a flea market to get good deals . The restaurants are plenty and the food delicious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Many cities have a Chinatown. San Francisco has one of the best. Great dim sum, great shopping, and great culture. You can find just about anything you are and are not looking for in Chinatown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

Took the kids shopping and for lunch, had a great time. There was a parade with firecrackers and a dragon which was great, but scared the little one a little.

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

San Francisco wouldn't be San Francisco without Chinatown, and this is a mandatory stop for most visitors. Personally I find it just okay, nothing more nothing less. It's entertaining to walk around and soak in the atmosphere, maybe grab a bite to eat in one of the many restaurants. Just three stars because I don't find it all that special.... More 

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Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Loved the variety of shops and restaurants. Many places carry identical items for varying prices. Make sure to look around.

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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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