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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
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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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Chinatown!

Chinatown is definitely an experience you need to see when visiting San Francisco. There's two parts of Chinatown one part is Grant Street. The other part is Stockton Street where... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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San Francisco, California
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46 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have walked the streets of Chinatown for many years and it is still a fun walk. There is always something interesting to see. Shops sell many of the same knick knacks. I believe the real treasure is in the food and some of the small bakeries.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was one of the destinations I felt obligated to go to while I was in San Fran. The food was average-good and there were some great murals around. The architecture was really cool (albeit worn down) and you can tell that this place is historically significant for many Chinese-Americans. But the thing is, it really didn't feel genuine. People... More 

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Queretaro, Mexico
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38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Not much extras or something el se but Chinatown. I mean, we all know what are we gonna get... Basicly u get everything, u have chinese food, every Made in china products, lots of antiques stores, cheap souvenirs, etc, etc. All surroundings, mood, and ambient is Chinese 100%. I think it might be interesting in some sort of festival, celebration... More 

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Colac, Australia
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There is so much to do in china town. Do not be afraid to get of your behind and walk around. Even at night it is a pleasant experience with bars clubs and food. We stopped and walked into a sechuan restaurant that was out of this world. Nothing fancy in its decor BUT the food was right on the... More 

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Thank mikervet
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I found it interesting, but the wife was not so impressed. She came along anyway, it was interesting to watch the transactions taking place in the open markets. Just normal life for those folks.

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Thank Jseejas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Chinatown is a very popular place to go. Chinatown is a historical place to visit. You can find anything here. Prices vary on things you may find. A unique one of a kind experience. A must see.

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San Francisco, CA
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458 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a living neighborhood in a city that has an Asian population of nearly 1/3. Walking these streets brings one deep into an old and rich culture. Get off Grant Avenue and wander the side streets, visit Portsmouth Sq, and by all means eat. And shop, and have lots of fun. Bring the kids! Enjoy!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a morning to wander without a car from Union Square. So, I hoofed it to Chinatown. It's fascinating. Bring cash and an empty bladder. Just know when you see some trinkets, they will be at the next store and the next. Prices vary all over. Funny thing, with no restaurants open, I could not find an restroom. So,... More 

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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chinatown is definitely an experience you need to see when visiting San Francisco. There's two parts of Chinatown one part is Grant Street. The other part is Stockton Street where all the local Chinese people go to get their fruit food and vegetables. The place looks kind of dirty. Be prepared to deal with a big crowd kind of pushy... More 

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Lake Worth, Florida
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

have to be good shape to walk the hills but worth it to see this part of san francisco nice shops and many resturants

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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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