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Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Chinatown)
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As featured in 3 days in San Francisco
Ranked #88 of 373 attractions in San Francisco
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Type: Neighborhoods
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: San Francisco's Chinatown is the largest outside of Asia.  It is a place many visitors want to see and put high on their list of places to go.  But... more »
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Jefferson, Georgia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
29 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Chinatown was a great cultural experience. We walked the streets on Saturday morning and saw the markets open with Chinese signs. A man with a large cart of shelves lined with whole roasted pigs wheeled them past is on the sidewalk. We saw a Chinese Christian funeral procession. A band played "Nearer My God to Thee" on the street beside... More

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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is the closest you can get to the real thing with out a passport.80,000 inhabitants retain their own customs, culture and cuisine in this small densely populated area. We walked on our own. Grant street is the main drag. We enjoyed window shopping and looking at signs written in Chinese and English. I purchased a lot of cheap souvenirs.... More

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San Francisco, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I went to there for many times, there are a lot of Chinese tradition stuff to buy. However, the stuff is kind of old school. do not recommend to buy there :p. There are many thing to eat, especially i like some of the HongKong style restaurants. cheap and good.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

If you go to San Fran you should visit Chinatown just to say you were there and see it but be aware it is just a bunch of souvenir shops with cheap products. Also a lot of hill walking!

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Clayton, North Carolina
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77 reviews 77 reviews
28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

We visited Chinatown and it was interesting. If you get the chance, go to the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory at 56 Ross Alley (between Grant & Stockton and Washington & Jackson). It's a little hole in the wall factory that make about 20,000 fortune cookies a day. It' literally down an alley. They have samples and sell a few... More

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Karlskrona, Sweden
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Suddenly we were in China! A special part of the city with was full of nice and fun shops and eclectic restaurants and a variety of small eateries. Part of the city that really needs to be experienced.

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Singapore, Singapore
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69 reviews 69 reviews
58 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Chinatown in SF is the largest in the world outside of China, so it is a good place for people looking to experience Chinese culture. Lots of restaurants selling traditional food and medicine etc. Lots of trinkets for sale just like Fisherman's wharf. I also saw the lion dance while I was there, it's a good place for those traveling... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Well worth walking through for a very authentic feel. Fantastic view from there over to the bay bridge and the Trans America building that looks like a thunderbirds rocket!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A must see on your trip. Experience an afternoon walking around and have lunch in one of the many restaurants there....This was the first time I've been to Chinatown. My wife and I enjoyed walking the streets and going in and out of all of the little stores.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Bang inside the bustle of the city rests this "bustling" gem with character and authenticity. Stockton Street is the place to be at if you are a discerning tourist. If you are a stereotypical one, try the rest. A fantastic temple, and industry and diligence in ample evidence. if you're in San Francisco this is something you must experience!

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