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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: City walk sightseeing, Dining, Shopping
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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Cute "Cozy" Place

Chinatown is very cute, we walked around on Memorial Day, not very crowded so that must have been because of the holiday. Small town, great place to get souvenirs and yummy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Within walking distance of Downtown SF. Tons of food options. Tons of shopping. Easy to navigate and one of the largest and most authentic Chinatowns I've been to.

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Bronx
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Chinatown is very cute, we walked around on Memorial Day, not very crowded so that must have been because of the holiday. Small town, great place to get souvenirs and yummy chinese food.

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London UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

We went here twice during our recent stay in San Francisco and found the whole area to be amazing. First of all there are dozens and dozens of 'tourist' type souvenir shops all selling the same stuff as Fishermans Wharf but at half the price. As to be expected there are restaurants almost next to each other on the entire... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Great for people watching and cheap souvenirs. We spent a few hours wandering round the shops- the range of Chinese products available is amazing (deer tendons anyone?!) Nice to try the dim sum, tea and fresh fruit at rediculously cheap prices.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We did a guided tour through Red bus, and it was awesome. Our tour guide was the best. Later, we had lunch at one of the many restaurants. I would recommend it.

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Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Certainly one of the largest Chinatowns in the country and well worth walking around. The array of stores and authentic Chinese restaurants is amazing. But, it can be very crowded and quite dirty at times. Nevertheless, certainly worth walking through at least once. Recommended.

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Indianapolis, IN
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

There are so many places to buy what ever you like, but beware when buying tee shirts. I brought a couple from one stand and more from another. The first place I went too after the first wash I found out they were dry rotted!.

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Makati, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

you go to the stores away from the main roads for you to get the best deals. You have to have the patience to walk and check all stores ;)

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Panama City, Panama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The asian community it's a large one in San Fran. They're so colorful, organized, and run their businesses so well that it was great to be there. It's worth to walk all the way down to those streets. Lovely windows with lots of stuff.

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Chinatown is a stones throw away from North Beach so doing both neighborhoods on the same day is well doable. We walked to Chinatown from the Wharf, which is also doable as long as you have comfy shoes on. The population here is the largest in the states. There is everything Chinese here, from food to products. There is so... More 

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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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