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Chinatown

Address: Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Chinatown)
Phone Number: 888-212-3203
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Ranked #93 of 716 things to do in San Francisco
Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Owner description: This electric neighborhood of 100,000 people is not to be missed, and...
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Type: Neighborhoods, Other
Activities: Dining, Shopping, City walk sightseeing
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Fremont, California
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2,105 reviews 2,105 reviews
1,288 attraction reviews
1,229 helpful votes 1,229 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We went shopping in Chinatown during February 2015. It was Chinese New Year's Time so the area was nicely decorated for New Years. This year it is the Year of the Goat. We enjoyed our shopping visit.

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Cracow
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This area is just a dirty place with low cost shops with Chinese made stuff. The only once worth actually shopping in are the ones that have food and spices - sometimes ones that you didn't hear of. Nice gate to the place and not much more.

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Millville, DE
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141 reviews 141 reviews
15 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

A lot of hype that does not deliver. Except for the restaurants, this attraction reminds one of a third world market place - not particularly clean. If you go, see the gates at the beginning of Chinatown and move on. What no one tells you is that the walk through Chinatown is over hilly terrain that would challenge a tri-athlete.... More 

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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

The flavor of this rea has simoly been overcome by the wide variety of cheap goods vendors. No doubt always has been busy and commercial but now seems lost

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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303 reviews 303 reviews
168 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Dragon Gate gets you in to the spirit of Chinatown. I just love photographing everything, and I love taking photos of others when asked. At Dragons Gate, at Bush and Grant, I just had to hand the camera to my husband and do the touristy pose. In San Francisco, you get the 'feel' for Chinatown. Not to compare this to... More 

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Winfield, IL
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Yes, it is crowded (it's CHINATOWN!). Yes, it is touristy. However, I stil recommend it! Our favorite place was Portsmouth Square, where you can observe the locals play cards, dance, do Tai Chi. It was AMAZING! This is the closest I have ever come to being in China without leaving the country.

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Midland, Michigan
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Spent the day in Chinatown with my wife and teenage son. I've been to Chinatown areas in other major cities across the country, but this one was truly the best and most authentic. For those that complain about the streets being cramped... what do you expect! Hello! It's Chinatown! They make the most out the space that they have. Many... More 

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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Yes it's unique to have a whole new culture within a city but this place is beyond cramped and dirty! We walked all over Chinatown and the best part was leaving. There is an abundance of stores that sell cheaply made items at rip off prices. The restaurants are ok but it seemed that the owners could careless of the... More 

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Pearland, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We got off the Muni in Chinatown just to experience the area while we were making our way over to the financial district. People are bartering for goods and it was something you don't normally see. People were polite, but all were on a mission to do their business and move on.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

This is a legitimate Chinatown. If you have ever been to other China towns and been disappointed you should stop here on the weekend. The close the main road a little past the gate and have a market sale. They have all kinds of things for sale that you can find anywhere. Everyone is very nice and friendly. Plan on... More 

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