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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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Plenty of Shopping-NO Parking

Great place to spend a couple of hours shopping and eating. Hills galore so expect to be walking up hill allot. parking is typical San Francisco but worst.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Yuma Az
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Great place to spend a couple of hours shopping and eating. Hills galore so expect to be walking up hill allot. parking is typical San Francisco but worst.

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Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Having frequented many Chinatowns throughout the world, San Francisco is one of our favourites. By following the noise of the locals, we were able to discover a packed downstairs restaurant with an extensive menu of delectable dishes. Whilst the decor was plain, the food was anything but.

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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I walked through Chinatown on my way to my boat trip to Alcatraz. I was amazed at the number of shops and the bargins available. Chinese food a plenty. A very busy place with the local Chinese population shopping there plus tourists.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My family traveled from NJ to CA by car. That was in 1955. I was 10 years old. My sister was 13. One of my favorite memories of China Town was a restaurant on the Bay. As we entered, we were required to remove our shoes and put on white "booties." Our meal was cooked and served in front of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I've always envisioned San Francisco's Chinatown to be a bustling tourist attraction booming with culture and diversity, however it was not a sight to see. It was definitely an experience being in San Francisco and to see such busy streets in Chinatown, but there was no culture or diversity. The stores were all the same. Every other store sold the... More 

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Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

While my family of five did manage to find a good restaurant for dinner, the entire area was kind of gross. It was dirty and did not have the Chinatown feel that we were expecting. We have been to Chinatown in London and Amsterdam and they are really cool places to go. This was not. Very disappointing. Unless you are... More 

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Austin, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Crowded and difficult to find even using GPS with heavy traffic en route. No parking or took long time to find a parking space. However, a good place to shopping Chinese groceries.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

What an experience. An assault on all one's senses! Loved it. Strolled here, there and everywhere taking everything in. As a keen amateur photographer, dreamland.

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Manchester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Busy and smelly is my over-riding memory of this area - some good restaurants but scruffy. Area becomes a bit threatening at night as it is dark with lots of alleyways. We walked back to hotel at 10 pm and would't do it again.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Chinatown was a fun place for our kids as they enjoyed the shopping and dining, but we were taken aback by all of the trash in the streets as well as just general dirtiness of the downtown area. This area is heavily, heavily traveled by tourists and it shows! It is too bad that visitors are not doing a good... More 

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Address: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone Number: 888-212-3203
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Chinatown

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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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